Administrative Burden Baseline: Update 2019

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.

The Administrative Burden Baseline provides Canadians with a clear metric on the total number of requirements in federal regulations and associated forms that impose administrative burden on business. This baseline contributes to the openness and transparency of the federal regulatory system. Administrative burden includes planning, collecting, processing and reporting of information, and completing forms and retaining data required by the federal government to comply with a regulation. This includes filling out licence applications and forms, as well as finding and compiling data for audits and becoming familiar with information requirements.

Only those regulatory requirements imposing administrative burden are within scope of the Administrative Burden Baseline initiative. The findings reported below include consideration of documents (for examples, a manual or external standard) and forms incorporated by reference into the Regulations, if they impose administrative burden on business.

All federal regulations that are administered by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) that have requirements that impose administrative burden on business are identified below. The total 2019 count is 5,154. The total count on June 30th, 2014 (the baseline count) was 10,989. Since the administrative burden baseline update in 2018 fifteen regulations administered and enforced by the CFIA were amended and/or repealed, nine incorporated directives were modified, existing forms were updated and new forms were introduced to collect data to enable evidence based decision-making. These amendments, modifications and changes made to CFIA regulations, directives and forms have resulted in an overall net decrease.

Administrative Burden Baseline Count as of June 30, 2019

Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act
Title of the Regulation SOR/CRC/SI Number 2019 Count
Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations SOR/2000-187 0
Canadian Food Inspection Agency Act
Title of the Regulation SOR/CRC/SI Number 2019 Count
Canadian Food Inspection Agency Fees Notice N/A N/A
Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act (as it relates to food)
Title of the Regulation SOR/CRC/SI Number 2019 Count
Consumer Packaging and Labelling Regulations C.R.C., c. 417 0
Feeds Act
Title of the Regulation SOR/CRC/SI Number 2019 Count
Feeds Regulations, 1983 SOR/83-593 206
Fertilizers Act
Title of the Regulation SOR/CRC/SI Number 2019 Count
Fertilizers Regulations C.R.C., c. 666 281

Food and Drugs Act (as it relates to food)

Health of Animals Act
Title of the Regulation SOR/CRC/SI Number 2019 Count
Compensation for Certain Birds Destroyed in British Columbia (Avian Influenza) Regulations SOR/2004-150 0
Compensation for Destroyed Animals SOR/2000-233 0
Export Inspection & Certification Exemption Regulations SOR/91-3 0
Hatchery Regulations C.R.C., c. 1023 113
Hatchery Exclusion Regulations SOR/91-4 0
Health of Animals Regulations C.R.C., c. 296 1900
Honeybee Prohibition Regulations, 2004 SOR/2004-136 N/A
Reportable Diseases Regulations SOR/91-2 0
Revocation of Declaration: Repeal of the British Columbia Bluetongue Infected Place Order N/A N/A
Plant Breeders' Rights Act
Title of the Regulation SOR/CRC/SI Number 2019 Count
Plant Breeders' Rights Regulations SOR/91-594 191
Plant Protection Act
Title of the Regulation SOR/CRC/SI Number 2019 Count
Eggplants and Tomatoes Production (Central Saanich) Restriction Regulations SOR/82-448 0
Golden Nematode Order SOR/80-260 0
Introduced Forest Pest Compensation Regulations SOR/2004-113 40
Phytophthora Ramorum Compensation Regulations SOR/2007-135 0
Plant Protection Regulations SOR/95-212 215
Plum Pox Virus Compensation Regulations, 2004 SOR/2005-131 67
Potato Production and Sale (Central Saanich) Restriction Regulations SOR/82-186 0
Potato Wart Compensation Regulations, 2003 SOR/2004-211 113
Seeds Act
Title of the Regulation SOR/CRC/SI Number 2019 Count
Seeds Regulations C.R.C., c. 1400 882
Weed Seeds Order, 2005 SOR/2005-220 0
Total Count 12,075
Safe Food for Canadians Act
Title of the Regulation SOR/CRC/SI Number 2019 Count
Safe Food for Canadians Regulations SOR/2018-108 1,146
Total Count 5,154

Previous years' counts for Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) are available upon request.

Contact Information

Please contact:

Rola Yehia
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
1400 Merivale Road, Tower 1, Floor 4, Room 339
613-773-5476
cfia.legislation-legislation.acia@canada.ca

For more information

All of the government's Acts and Regulations can be found on the Justice Laws Website.

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