Administrative Burden Baseline Count

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 that are administered by the Impact Assessment Agency of Canada (the Agency) that have requirements that impose administrative burdens on business are identified below. As of February 1, 2021, the total baseline count is 325.

The Information and Management of Time Limits Regulations (IMTLR) came into force on August 28, 2019. It is the only Statutory Order and Regulation (SOR) made under the Impact Assessment Act (the IAA) that imposes administrative burdens. The IMTLR prescribes elements that help the new impact assessment system function, and also enhances clarity, transparency and predictability in the process. This regulation has an overall benefit to proponents, Indigenous communities, stakeholders and the Canadian public. The main benefits result from the added predictability for the process, the new guidelines and plans the Agency is required to deliver, and from the Initial Project Description submitted by proponents.

On June 4, 2020, the Regulations Respecting Excluded Physical Activities (Newfoundland and Labrador Exploratory Wells) came into force. With this Ministerial Regulation, offshore oil and gas exploratory drilling projects are exempt from federal impact assessment requirements if: a) they are proposed in an area for which a regional assessment has been carried out, and; b) when the project is in conformity with the conditions for exemption set out in the Ministerial Regulation. Some of the conditions included in the regulation impose administrative burdens to operators of exploratory wells and are included in the Agency’s Administrative Burden count. If, however, projects comply with the requirements of the regulation, they are not required to undergo project-specific assessments, thus reducing time and burden on proponents. Further, many of the regulatory conditions reflect conditions that were previously imposed following project-specific assessments, under different legislative authorities.

Title of the regulation

SOR Number

2021 Count

Information and Management of Time Limits Regulations



Regulations Respecting Excluded Physical Activities (Newfoundland and Labrador Exploratory Wells)

No SOR number




Previous years’ counts under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012 are available upon request.


Stephanie Lane
Director, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs
160 Elgin Street, 22nd floor
Ottawa, ON K1A 0H3
Tel.: 613-948-1364

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