Administrative Burden Baseline: Update 2021
The Administrative Burden Baseline 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.
All federal regulations that are sponsored by the Minister of Finance that have requirements that impose administrative burden on business are identified in the tables below. The total June 30th 2021 count is 4,647. The total June 30th 2020 count is 4,694. The total June 30th 2019 count is 4,669. The total June 30th 2018 count is 4,519. The total June 30th 2017 count is 4,514. The total June 30th 2016 count is 4,818. The total June 30th 2015 count is 4,766. The total June 30th 2014 baseline count is 4,693.
The Count of Tax Regulations
The total June 30, 2021 count for tax regulations is 2,015.
The Canadian tax system generally functions on a self-assessment basis and tax legislation and regulations tell taxpayers how to compute income, sales or other amounts subject to tax and how to avail themselves of certain measures such as deductions or credits. While some of the requirements included in tax regulations impose an administrative burden on businesses, taken in a broader context, many of these requirements reduce the compliance burden for business overall or describe what is required to benefit from a relieving measure.
- Many federal tax regulations are required to implement agreements that eliminate duplicative taxes at the provincial level, with benefits that include: a lower compliance burden for taxpayers, lower administrative costs for governments, and economic benefits from a more competitive and neutral tax system.
- Approximately 450 requirements on business relate to the provincial component of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST), which is levied under federal legislation. These federal regulatory requirements minimize the compliance and administrative burden imposed on businesses by eliminating substantial duplicative provincial requirements. As a result of the HST, businesses no longer have to comply with separate federal and provincial sales tax systems nor deal with different tax administrators. The Province of Ontario estimated that joining the HST reduced the compliance burden on businesses in that province by $500 million annually.
- Tax regulations are often the mechanism for relieving reporting and record-keeping requirements that are imposed by the related legislation. Some examples are set out below.
- In order to simplify how small businesses calculate the amount of GST/HST to remit, the GST/HST Regulations provide optional simplified accounting methods, such as the one that eliminates the need to separately keep track of the GST/HST paid on most purchases and collected on most sales. These streamlined accounting regulations have a count of 23.
- To eliminate the requirement for employees to keep detailed records of their actual automobile expenses, the Income Tax Regulations specify per-km formulas and rates that can be used to reimburse employees that use their personal vehicle for business purposes. A count of 15 relates to this aspect of the regulations.
- Tax regulations are also often required in order to provide tax relief in specific defined circumstances. Some examples are set out below.
- Seven regulatory requirements relate to computations and filings required for a corporation to make a capital dividend election. This election allows for the tax-free payment of dividends from a corporation's capital dividend account.
- Seven regulatory requirements relate to the elections businesses may make regarding the depreciation of certain classes of assets. For example, a business may elect to have certain assets within the same class (transmission pipelines) depreciated as separate classes, which may save them taxes or simplify their accounting.
- Three regulatory requirements relate to the computation of an amount deductible from a business's income regarding its depletion allowances, which can benefit businesses by simplifying the calculation of deductions for the depreciation of resource related assets.
The Count of Fuel Charge Regulations
The total June 30, 2021 count for regulations in respect of the fuel charge imposed under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act is 14.
|Title of the Regulation||SOR
|Income Tax Regulations||c. 945||1,425|
|Sub-Total: Regulatory Requirements for Income Tax||1,425|
|Interest Rates (Air Travellers Security Charge Act) Regulations||2007-267||0|
|Listed Airport Regulations||2004-293||0|
|Interest Rates (Excise Act, 2001) Regulations||2006-229||0|
|Agriculture and Fishing Property (GST/HST) Regulations||91-39||4|
|Air Transportation Tax Regulations, 1992||93-294||8|
|Amalgamations and Windings-Up Continuation (GST/HST) Regulations||91-33||0|
|Artists' Representatives (GST/HST) Regulations||91-25||0|
|Automobile Operating Expense Benefit (GST/HST) Regulations||99-176||0|
|British Columbia HST Regulations||2011-121||3|
|Closely Related Corporations (GST/HST) Regulations||91-21||4|
|Credit for Provincial Relief (HST) Regulations||2011-57||6|
|Deduction for Provincial Rebate (GST/HST) Regulations||2001-65||2|
|Disclosure of Tax (GST/HST) Regulations||91-38||0|
|Electronic Filing and Provision of Information (GST/HST) Regulations||2010-150||43|
|Equivalent Courses (GST/HST) Regulations||91-27||0|
|Excise Duties on Cannabis Regulations||2019-78||80|
|Federal Book Rebate (GST/HST) Regulations||98-351||0|
|Federal Sales Tax Inventory Rebate Regulations||91-52||3|
|Federal Sales Tax New Housing Rebate Regulations||91-53||2|
|Financial Services and Financial Institutions (GST/HST) Regulations||91-26||4|
|Games of Chance (GST/HST) Regulations||91-28||0|
|Health Care Services (GST/HST) Regulations||91-23||0|
|Industrial Product Price Indices Adjustment Regulations||90-672||0|
|Interest Rates (Excise Tax Act) Regulations||2006-230||0|
|Joint Venture (GST/HST) Regulations||91-36||0|
|Mail and Courier Imports (GST/HST) Regulations||91-32||0|
|New Harmonized Value-added Tax System Regulations||2010-117||90|
|Natural Gas and Gas Liquids Tax Regulations||82-359||0|
|New Harmonized Value-added Tax System Regulations, No. 2||2010-151||108|
|Non-Taxable Imported Goods (GST/HST) Regulations||91-31||6|
|Nova Scotia HST Regulations, 2010||2010-99||17|
|Property Supplied by Auction (GST/HST) Regulations||2001-66||0|
|Public Service Body Rebate (GST/HST) Regulations||91-37||0|
|Returnable Beverage Container (GST/HST) Regulations||2008-48||0|
|School Cafeteria Food and Beverages (GST/HST) Regulations||91-29||0|
|Security Interest (GST/HST) Regulations||2011-55||1|
|Selected Listed Financial Institutions Attribution Method (GST/HST) Regulations||2001-171||174|
|Specified Crown Agents (GST/HST) Regulations||99-175||0|
|Specified Tangible Personal Property (GST/HST) Regulations||91-20||0|
|Streamlined Accounting (GST/HST) Regulations||91-51||23|
|Taxes, Duties and Fees (GST/HST) Regulations||91-34||0|
|Value of Imported Goods (GST/HST) Regulations||91-30||12|
|Sub-Total: Regulatory Requirements for GST/HST and Excise||590|
|Fuel Charge Regulations||2018, c. 12, s. 187||14|
|Part 1 of the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act Regulations (Alberta)||2019-294||0|
|Sub-Total: Regulatory Requirements for Fuel Charge||14|
|Total: Tax-Related Regulatory Requirements and Fuel Charge Regulatory Requirements||2,029|
The Count of Financial Sector Regulations
The total June 30, 2021 baseline count for financial sector regulations is 2,618. The total June 30, 2020 baseline count for financial sector regulations is 2,665. The total June 30, 2019 baseline count for financial sector regulations is 2,642. The total June 30, 2018 baseline count for financial sector regulations is 2,591.
|Title of the Regulation||SOR
|Complaints (Banks, Authorized Foreign Banks and External Complaints Bodies) Regulations||2013-48||12|
|Disclosure on Continuance Regulations (Federal Credit Unions)||2012-267||12|
|Foreign Bank Representative Offices Regulations||92-299||25|
|Notice of Branch Closure (Banks) Regulations||2002-104||6|
|Registration of Bank Special Security Regulations||92-301||14|
|Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Application for Deposit Insurance By-law||2006-236||442|
|Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Data and System Requirements By-law||2010-292||28|
|Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Deposit Insurance Information By-law||96-542||10|
|Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Differential Premiums By-law||99-120||281|
|Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Deposit Insurance Policy By-law||93-516||113|
|Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Joint and Trust Account Disclosure By-Law||95-279||1|
|Canada Deposit Insurance Corporation Resolution Planning By-law||2019-138||30|
|Canadian Payments Association By-law No. 1 — General||2017-1||56|
|Canadian Payments Association By-Law No. 2 — Finance||2016-283||5|
|Canadian Payments Association By-law No. 3 — Payment Items and Automated Clearing Settlement System||2003-346||8|
|Canadian Payments Association By-law No. 6 — Compliance||2003-347||10|
|By-law No. 7 Respecting the Large Value Transfer System||2001-281||12|
|Notice of Branch Closure (Cooperative Credit Associations) Regulations||2002-105||6|
|Cross-border Currency and Monetary Instruments Reporting Regulations||2002-412||104|
|Payment Clearing and Settlement Regulations||2019-257||0|
|Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Registration Regulations||2007-121||97|
|Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Suspicious Transaction Reporting Regulations||2001-317||167|
|Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Regulations||2002-184||1,172|
|Protection of Residential Mortgage or Hypothecary Insurance Regulations||2012-231||1|
|Notice of Branch Closure (Trust and Loan Companies) Regulations||2002-106||6|
|Total: Financial Sector-Related Regulatory Requirements||2,618|
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For more information
- Government-wide Administrative Burden Baseline counts
- Government-Wide Forward Regulatory Plans
- The Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management
- The Red Tape Reduction Action Plan
- The Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council
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