ESDC’s Administrative Burden Baseline: Update 2017
The Administrative Burden Baseline provides Canadians with a clear metric on the total number of requirements in federal regulations and associated forms that impose an administrative burden on business. This baseline contributes to the openness and transparency of the federal regulatory system.
All federal regulations administered by Employment and Social Development Canada that have requirements that impose administrative burden on business are identified below.
ESDC’s 2017 count of regulatory-based requirements that impose a burden on business is 3,100, a decrease of 4 administrative burden requirements compared to the 2016 baseline count of 3,104.
Of the 15 active regulations that relate to ESDC, 6 regulations met the Administrative Burden Baseline guidance requirements and were in force as of June 30, 2017. These relate to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program, Registered Disability Savings Program, Canada Education Savings Program; Employment Insurance Program (2 regulations); and Canada Pension Plan.
It is important to note that ESDC administers regulatory-based requirements, some of which are defined by Treasury Board Secretariat as burdens to businesses, but in some cases, these requirements may lead to a direct benefit for businesses. For example, businesses applying to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (via requirements associated with Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations) can gain an employee upon completion of the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process. Other examples wherein ESDC’s business partners derive a direct benefit is from Registered Disability Savings Plans (via the Canada Disability Savings Regulations) and Registered Education Savings Plans (via the Canada Education Savings Regulations). The decision to deliver these incentives is made by each participating financial institution with full knowledge of the associated regulatory requirements that need to be met. This demonstrates the varying nature of ESDC’s programs, which could be considered when interpreting administrative burden requirement counts.
On the 2017 count itself, the decrease of 4 administrative burden requirements is due to the repeal of Canada Pension Plan (Social Insurance Numbers) Regulations which was published on the Canada Gazette, Part II, Vol. 151, No. 12, on June 14, 2017.
|Title of the regulation||Statutory orders and regulations (SOR) number||2017 count|
|Canada Disability Savings Regulations||2008-186||928|
|Canada Education Savings Regulations||2005-151||473|
|Canada Pension Plan Regulations||c. 385||51|
|Employment Insurance (Fishing) Regulations||96-445||5|
|Employment Insurance Regulations||96-332||93|
|Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations||2002-227 (2)||1550|
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ESDC’s Administrative Burden Baseline count for other previous years is available upon request.
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