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Administrative Burden Baseline: Update 2021

The Administrative Burden Baseline (ABB) provides Canadians with a clear metric on the total number of requirements in federal regulations and associated forms that impose administrative burden on business. This baseline contributes to the openness and transparency of the federal regulatory system.

In 2021, the department's overall ABB count was 3,582, representing a decrease from its baseline count of 3,638 in 2020.

The changes are attributed to:

  • An increase in 15 under the Radiocommunication Regulations related to new fields added to the electronic application filing system to capture information pertaining to new wireless technologies, such as 5G, being integrated in products entering the Canadian marketplace as well as to capture supplemental information to provide more details to the general public regarding the types of wireless products that have been certified for sale in Canada.
  • A decrease of 46 under the Canada Small Business Financing Regulations. Although no forms were modified, following a review of the counting guide, the count for those regulations was determined to be lower than previously estimated and has been updated accordingly.
  • A decrease of 10 under the Patent Rules. Amendments were made as part of the coming into force of the College of Patent Agent and Trademark Agents Act, which required the transfer of several responsibilities from CIPO to the new College. As a result, there was a decrease in the number of burdens imposed by the Patent Rules.
  • A decrease of 15 under the Trademark Regulations. Amendments were made as part of the coming into force of the College of Patent Agent and Trademark Agents Act, which required the transfer of several responsibilities from CIPO to the new College. As a result, there was a decrease in the number of burdens imposed by the Trademark Regulations.

Since 2014, ISED has decreased its ABB count by 258 from the initial count of 3,840.

The data for previous years is available below.

Administrative Burden Baseline – 2021
Title of regulation SOR Number 2021 Count
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada
Radiocommunication Regulations 96-484 528
Canada Business Corporations Regulations, 2001 2001-512 13
Canada Cooperatives Regulations 99-256 8
Canada Small Business Financing Regulations 99-141 261
Use of Patented Products for International Humanitarian Purposes Regulations 2005-143 115
Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations 93-133 62
Certificate of Supplementary Protection Regulations 2017-165 23
Investment Canada Regulations 85-611 378
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Integrated Circuit Topography Regulations 93-212 27
Patent Rules 96-423 354
Public Servants Inventions Regulations C.R.C., c. 1332 44
Trademarks Regulations SOR/2018-227 83
Industrial Design Regulations SOR/2018-120 84
Competition Bureau
Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations c. 417 16
Notifiable Transactions Regulations 87-348 392
Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations c. 1551 36
Measurement Canada
Weights and Measures Regulations 2014-111 173
Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations 2014-113 186
Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules C. 368 607
Orderly Payment of Debts Regulations SOR/89-158 37
Companies' Creditors Arrangement Regulations c.C-36 155
Department Count 3582
Administrative Burden Baseline — 2020
Title of regulation SOR Number 2020 Count
Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Radiocommunication Regulations 96-484 513
Canada Business Corporations Regulations, 2001 2001-512 13
Canada Cooperatives Regulations 99-256 8
Canada Small Business Financing Regulations 99-141 307
Use of Patented Products for International Humanitarian Purposes Regulations 2005-143 115
Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations 93-133 62
Certificate of Supplementary Protection Regulations 2017-165 23
Investment Canada Regulations 85-611 378
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Integrated Circuit Topography Regulations 93-212 27
Patent Rules 96-423 364
Public Servants Inventions Regulations C.R.C., c. 1332 44
Trade-marks Regulations SOR/2018-227 98
Industrial Design Regulations SOR/2018-120 84
Competition Bureau
Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations c. 417 16
Notifiable Transactions Regulations 87-348 392
Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations c. 1551 36
Measurement Canada
Weights and Measures Regulations 2014-111 173
Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations 2014-113 186
Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules c. 368 607
Orderly Payment of Debts Regulations c. 369 37
Companies' Creditors Arrangement Regulations SOR/2009-219 155
Department Count 3638
Administrative Burden Baseline — 2019
Title of regulation SOR Number 2019 Count
Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Radiocommunication Regulations 96-484 513
Canada Business Corporations Regulations, 2001 2001-512 13
Canada Cooperatives Regulations 99-256 8
Canada Small Business Financing Regulations 99-141 307
Use of Patented Products for International Humanitarian Purposes Regulations 2005-143 115
Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations 93-133 62
Certificate of Supplementary Protection Regulations 2017-165 23
Investment Canada Regulations 85-611 378
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Integrated Circuit Topography Regulations 93-212 27
Patent Rules 96-423 360
Public Servants Inventions Regulations C.R.C., c. 1332 44
Trade-marks Regulations SOR/2018-227 98
Industrial Design Regulations SOR/2018-120 84
Competition Bureau
Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations c. 417 16
Notifiable Transactions Regulations 87-348 392
Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations c. 1551 36
Measurement Canada
Weights and Measures Regulations 2014-111 173
Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations 2014-113 186
Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules c. 368 607
Orderly Payment of Debts Regulations c. 369 37
Companies' Creditors Arrangement Regulations SOR/2009-219 155
Department Count 3634
Administrative Burden Baseline — 2018
Title of regulation SOR Number 2018 Count
Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Radiocommunication Regulations 96-484 509
Canada Business Corporations Regulations, 2001 2001-512 13
Canada Cooperatives Regulations 99-256 8
Canada Small Business Financing Regulations 99-141 307
Use of Patented Products for International Humanitarian Purposes Regulations 2005-143 115
Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations 93-133 62
Certificate of Supplementary Protection Regulations 2017-165 23
Investment Canada Regulations 85-611 378
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Integrated Circuit Topography Regulations 93-212 27
Patent Rules 96-423 360
Public Servants Inventions Regulations C.R.C., c. 1332 44
Trade-marks Regulations 96-195 72
Industrial Design Regulations SOR/99-460 40
Competition Bureau
Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations c. 417 16
Notifiable Transactions Regulations 87-348 392
Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations c. 1551 36
Measurement Canada
Weights and Measures Regulations 2014-111 173
Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations 2014-113 186
Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules c. 368 607
Orderly Payment of Debts Regulations c. 369 37
Companies' Creditors Arrangement Regulations SOR/2009-219 155
Department Count 3560
Administrative Burden Baseline — 2017
Title of regulation SOR Number 2017 Count
Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Radiocommunication Regulations 96-484 473
Canada Business Corporations Regulations, 2001 2001-512 13
Canada Cooperatives Regulations 99-256 8
Canada Small Business Financing Regulations 99-141 307
Use of Patented Products for International Humanitarian Purposes Regulations 2005-143 116
Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations 93-133 37
Investment Canada Regulations 85-611 378
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Integrated Circuit Topography Regulations 93-212 27
Patent Rules 96-423 360
Public Servants Inventions Regulations C.R.C., c. 1332 44
Trade-marks Regulations 96-195 72
Industrial Design Regulations SOR/99-460 40
Timber Marking Rules C.R.C., c. 1552 25
Competition Bureau
Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations c. 417 16
Notifiable Transactions Regulations 87-348 392
Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations c. 1551 36
Measurement Canada
Weights and Measures Regulations 2014-111 173
Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations 2014-113 186
Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules c. 368 607
Orderly Payment of Debts Regulations c. 369 37
Companies' Creditors Arrangement Regulations SOR/2009-219 155
Department Count 3500
Administrative Burden Baseline — 2016
Title of regulation SOR Number 2016 Count
Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Radiocommunication Regulations 96-484 473
Canada Business Corporations Regulations, 2001 2001-512 13
Canada Cooperatives Regulations 99-256 8
Canada Small Business Financing Regulations 99-141 305
Use of Patented Products for International Humanitarian Purposes Regulations 2005-143 116
Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations 93-133 37
Investment Canada Regulations 85-611 378
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Integrated Circuit Topography Regulations 93-212 27
Patent Rules 96-423 360
Public Servants Inventions Regulations C.R.C., c. 1332 44
Trade-marks Regulations 96-195 72
Industrial Design Regulations SOR/99-460 40
Timber Marking Rules C.R.C., c. 1552 25
Competition Bureau
Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations c. 417 16
Notifiable Transactions Regulations 87-348 392
Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations c. 1551 36
Measurement Canada
Weights and Measures Regulations 2014-111 173
Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations 2014-113 186
Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules c. 368 607
Orderly Payment of Debts Regulations c. 369 37
Companies' Creditors Arrangement Regulations SOR/2009-219 155
Department Count 3500
Administrative Burden Baseline — 2015
Title of regulation SOR Number 2015 Count
Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Radiocommunication Regulations 96-484 699
Telecommunications Apparatus Regulations 2001-522 348
Canada Business Corporations Regulations, 2001 2001-512 13
Canada Cooperatives Regulations 99-256 8
Canada Small Business Financing Regulations 99-141 305
Use of Patented Products for International Humanitarian Purposes Regulations 2005-143 116
Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations 93-133 37
Investment Canada Regulations 85-611 378
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Integrated Circuit Topography Regulations 93-212 27
Patent Rules 96-423 360
Public Servants Inventions Regulations C.R.C., c. 1332 44
Trade-marks Regulations 96-195 72
Industrial Design Regulations SOR/99-460 40
Timber Marking Rules C.R.C., c. 1552 25
Competition Bureau
Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations c. 417 16
Notifiable Transactions Regulations 87-348 392
Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations c. 1551 36
Measurement Canada
Weights and Measures Regulations 2014-111 173
Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations 2014-113 186
Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules c. 368 607
Orderly Payment of Debts Regulations c. 369 37
Companies' Creditors Arrangement Regulations SOR/2009-219 155
Department Count 4074
Administrative Burden Baseline — 2014
Title of regulation SOR Number 2014 Count
Industry Canada
Radiocommunication Regulations 96-484 731
Telecommunications Apparatus Regulations 2001-522 376
Canada Business Corporations Regulations, 2001 2001-512 13
Canada Cooperatives Regulations 99-256 8
Canada Small Business Financing Regulations 99-141 305
Use of Patented Products for International Humanitarian Purposes Regulations 2005-143 116
Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations 93-133 37
Investment Canada Regulations 85-611 107
Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
Integrated Circuit Topography Regulations 93-212 27
Patent Rules 96-423 360
Public Servants Inventions Regulations C.R.C., c. 1332 44
Trade-marks Regulations 96-195 72
Industrial Design Regulations SOR/99-460 41
Timber Marking Rules C.R.C., c. 1552 25
Competition Bureau
Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations c. 417 16
Notifiable Transactions Regulations 87-348 392
Textile Labelling and Advertising Regulations c. 1551 36
Measurement Canada
Weights and Measures Regulations 2014-111 161
Electricity and Gas Inspection Regulations 2014-113 174
Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
Bankruptcy and Insolvency General Rules c. 368 607
Orderly Payment of Debts Regulations c. 369 37
Companies' Creditors Arrangement Regulations SOR/2009-219 155
ABB Count for Industry Canada 3840

Contact information:

Innovation, Science and Economic Development
Anik Laferriere
Telephone: 343-549-8060
Email: Anik.Laferriere@ised-isde.gc.ca

Competition Bureau
Steven Campbell
Telephone: 506-440-3166
Email: steven.campbell@cb-bc.gc.ca

Canadian Intellectual Property Office
Shawn Tippins
Telephone: 613-854-7639
Email: shawn.tippins2@ised-isde.gc.ca

Measurement Canada
Lance Robertson
Telephone: 613-816-8937
Email: lance.robertson@canada.ca

Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy
Sheila Westerink Robin
Telephone: 613-868-0244
Email: sheila.westerinkrobin@canada.ca

For more information:

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