2021 Administrative Burden Baseline Count Summary

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 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada that have requirements that impose administrative burden on business are identified below. The total 2021 count is 59.

The total June 30, 2014 Administrative Burden Baseline count was 14. The count rose to 59 in the following period (ending June 30, 2015). The Department’s Administrative Burden Count has not changed since June 30, 2015. No new administrative burdens have been added to IRCC's Administrative Burden Count for the period July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2021.

The count reflects the fact that Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) and IRCC have a shared responsibility for the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR). As a result, IRPR requirements that impose administrative burden on employers that require a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) are counted by ESDC and the burden on employers that are LMIA-exempt are reflected in the count for IRCC. When the same administrative burden requirements may be imposed on either LMIA-exempt employer (IRPR section 209.2) or LMIA-applicable employer (IRPR section 209.3), they are counted by both ESDC and IRCC.

Title of the regulation SOR Number 2021 Count
Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations 2002-227 59
Total count: 59

Previous years' counts for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada are available upon request.


Bavasher Bains, Assistant Director
Cabinet and Regulatory Affairs
Strategic Policy and Planning
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Room D1895
365 Laurier Avenue West
Ottawa ON K1A 1L1
(613) 437-7458

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

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