ESDC’s Administrative Burden Baseline: Update 2023

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 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 (ESDC) that have requirements that impose administrative burden on business are identified below.

Based on active regulations that relate to ESDC, six meet the ABB guidance requirements and were in force as of June 30, 2023. ESDC’s 2023 count of regulatory-based requirements, 3,121, remains unchanged from the 2022 count.

Count of the requirements in federal regulations administered by ESDC that impose an administrative impact on business
Title of the regulation Statutory orders and regulations number 2023 count
Canada Disability Savings Regulations 2008-186 924
Canada Education Savings Regulations 2005-151 489
Canada Pension Plan Regulations c. 385 60
Employment Insurance (Fishing) Regulations 96-445 5
Employment Insurance Regulations 96-332 93
Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations 2002-227 (2) 1,550
Total count n/a 3,121

Contact person

Colin Spencer James
Employment and Social Development Canada
Phase IV 3rd floor
140 Promenade du Portage
Gatineau QC K1A 0J9

Related links

ESDC’s Administrative Burden Baseline count for previous years can be requested from the Regulatory Affairs team at ESDC’s Strategic and Service Policy Branch by emailing:

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