Administrative Burden Baseline: 2023 Update

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 (ABB), to provide a count of the requirements in federal regulations that impose an administrative burden on business.

All federal regulations administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada that have requirements that impose administrative burden on business are identified below. The total 2023 count is 15,270. The total June 30, 2014, baseline count was 9,985.

During the period from July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023, three new regulations came into force and two existing regulations contained provisions that came into force during the same period that were relevant to the ABB count.

Regulations added in this update:

Regulation counts adjusted in this update:

As a result of these changes, the ABB count increased from the 2022 count of 15,093.

Title of the regulation SOR # 2023 count
2-Butoxyethanol Regulations 2006-347 50
Antarctic Environmental Protection Regulations 2003-363 246
Asbestos Mines and Mills Release Regulation 90-341 101
Benzene in Gasoline Regulations 97-493 198
Canadian Greenhouse Gas Offset Credit System Regulations 2022-111 649
Chromium Electroplating, Chromium Anodizing and Reverse Etching Regulations 2009-162 100
Concentration of Phosphorus in Certain Cleaning Products Regulations 89-501 18
Contaminated Fuel Regulations 91-486 17
Cross-border Movement of Hazardous Waste and Hazardous Recyclable Material Regulations 2021-25 788
Disposal at Sea Permit Application Regulations 2014-177 260
Disposal at Sea Regulations 2001-275 41
Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019 2019-51 219
Export of Substances on the Export Control List Regulations 2013-88 161
Federal Halocarbon Regulations, 2022 2022-110 99
Fuels Information Regulations, No. 1 C.R.C., c. 407 76
Gasoline Regulations 90-247 12
Heavy-duty Vehicle and Engine Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations 2013-24 395
International River Improvements Regulations C.R.C., c. 982 25
Marine Spark-Ignition Engine, Vessel and Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Emission Regulations 2011-10 182
Meat and Poultry Products Plant Liquid Effluent Regulations C.R.C., c. 818 45
Metal and Diamond Mining Effluent Regulations 2002-222 554
Migratory Birds Regulations, 2022 2022-105 55
Multi-Sector Air Pollutants Regulations 2016-151 1632
New Substances Fees Regulations 2002-374 4
New Substances Notification Regulations (Chemicals and Polymers) 2005-247 1047
New Substances Notification Regulations (Organisms) 2005-248 321
Off-Road Compression-Ignition (Mobile and Stationary) and Large Spark-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations 2020-258 130
Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations 2003-355 165
On-Road Vehicle and Engine Emission Regulations 2003-2 306
Output-Based Pricing System Regulations 2019-266 460
Ozone-depleting Substances and Halocarbon Alternatives Regulations 2016-137 536
Passenger Automobile and Light Truck Greenhouse Gas Emission Regulations 2010-201 254
PCB Regulations 2008-273 162
Petroleum Refinery Liquid Effluent Regulations C.R.C., c. 828 19
Potato Processing Plant Liquid Effluent Regulations C.R.C., c. 829 17
Products Containing Mercury Regulations 2014-254 71
Prohibition of Asbestos and Products Containing Asbestos Regulations 2018-196 430
Prohibition of Certain Toxic Substances Regulations, 2012 2012-285 218
Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations 92-269 165
Pulp and Paper Mill Defoamer and Wood Chip Regulations 92-268 52
Pulp and Paper Mill Effluent Chlorinated Dioxins and Furans Regulations 92-267 34
Reduction of Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Coal-Fired Generation of Electricity Regulations 2012-167 31
Regulations Limiting Carbon Dioxide Emissions from Natural Gas-fired Generation of Electricity 2018-261 131
Regulations Respecting Reduction in the Release of Methane and Certain Volatile Organic Compounds (Upstream Oil and Gas Sector) 2018-66 263
Reduction in the Release of Volatile Organic Compounds Regulations (Petroleum Sector) 2020-231 2481
Renewable Fuels Regulations 2010-189 825
Secondary Lead Smelter Release Regulations 91-155 63
Single-use Plastics Prohibition Regulations 2022-138 15
Solvent Degreasing Regulations 2003-283 187
Storage Tank Systems for Petroleum Products and Allied Petroleum Products Regulations 2008-197 121
Sulphur in Diesel Fuel Regulations 2002-254 151
Sulphur in Gasoline Regulations 99-236 300
Tetrachloroethylene (Use in Dry Cleaning and Reporting Requirements) Regulations 2003-79 152
Tributyltetradecylphosphonium Chloride (TTPC) Regulations 2000-66 5
Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Architectural Coatings Regulations 2009-264 66
Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Automotive Refinishing Products Regulations 2009-197 73
Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Concentration Limits for Certain Products Regulations 2021-268 81
Wildlife Area Regulations 2020-256 11
Total count: *** 15,270

Previous years’ counts for ECCC are available upon request.

Contact information

Mélanie Clark
Environment and Climate Change Canada
351 St Joseph Blvd, Gatineau QC

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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