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Administrative Burden Baseline: Update 2021

In its Red Tape Reduction Action Plan, the Government committed to build on the efforts of the Paperwork Burden Reduction Initiative by requiring departments, through the Administrative Burden Baseline, to provide a count of the requirements in federal regulations that impose an administrative burden on business.

All federal regulations administered by Natural Resources Canada that impose an administrative burden on business are identified below. The total count of administrative burden requirements for 2021 is 4390. The total June 30, 2014 baseline count is 4507.

Between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021, the department’s total of administrative burden did not change.

Baseline Count
Title of the regulation SOR Number 2021 Count
Newfoundland Offshore Area Oil and Gas Operations Regulations 88-347 4
Newfoundland Offshore Area Petroleum Diving Regulations Footnote * 88-601 456
Newfoundland Offshore Area Petroleum Geophysical Operations Regulations 95-334 200
Newfoundland Offshore Area Registration Regulations 88-263 3
Newfoundland Offshore Certificate of Fitness Regulations 95-100 15
Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Drilling and Production Regulations 2009-316 138
Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Installations Regulations 95-104 19
Nova Scotia Offshore Area Petroleum Installations Regulations 95-191 19
Nova Scotia Offshore Area Petroleum Diving Regulations Footnote * 95-189 456
Nova Scotia Offshore Area Petroleum Geophysical Operations Regulations 95-144 200
Nova Scotia Offshore Certificate of Fitness Regulations 95-187 15
Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Drilling and Production Regulations 2009-317 138
Canada Oil and Gas Drilling and Production Regulations 2009-315 139
Canada Oil and Gas Geophysical Operations Regulations 96-117 214
Canada Oil and Gas Installations Regulations 96-118 19
Canada Oil and Gas Operations Regulations 83-149 4
Frontier Lands Petroleum Royalty Regulations 92-26 16
Canadian Ownership and Control Determination Forms Order, 1985 85-846 25
Canadian Ownership and Control Determination Regulations, 1984 84-431 108
Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2016 2016-311 399
Explosives Regulations, 2013 2013-211 1255
Export and Import of Rough Diamonds Regulations 2003-15 56
Timber Regulations, 1993 94-118 5
Canada Oil and Gas Certificate of Fitness Regulations 96-114 15
Canada Oil and Gas Diving Regulations 88-600 467
Oil Import Compensation Regulations No. 1, 1975 c.335 5
Total count 4390

* Repealed in 2014. See note below.

NOTE: The regulations listed above include two regulations which were repealed in 2014 and replaced by two transitional regulations that have not yet been included as part of NRCan’s ABB count. The 2021 count also excludes four other transitional regulations related to offshore petroleum activities in Atlantic Canada. Once these transitional regulations are replaced by two permanent regulations in 2022 (or later), the updated ABB count for NRCan should be compared to the pre-2014 count, to consider the administrative burden that was previously administered by the regulator as conditions of authorization.

Previous years’ counts for Natural Resources Canada are available upon request.

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