On Wednesday, Aug. 28, the National Energy Board (NEB) became the Canada Energy Regulator (CER). For further information please visit our Implementing the Canadian Energy Regulator Act information page

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.

On August 28, 2019, the National Energy Board became the Canada Energy Regulator (CER). Regulations made under the National Energy Board Act remain in force under the Canadian Energy Regulator Act until they are repealed or others made in their stead, as per the Interpretation Act. Updates to regulations are being implemented through a phased approach that does not impact this reporting period.

All federal regulations that are administered by the CER that have requirements that impose administrative burden on business are identified below. The total 2019 count is 4,563. The total June 30th 2014 baseline count is 1,298 and can be viewed on the 2014 Baseline count page.

Between July 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019, the Pipeline Financial Requirements Regulations, and the associated web based Electronic Document Submission form, came into force resulting in an increase of 28 requirements. There were no other changes to regulations or associated schedules that affected the count of administrative requirements.

Minor updates to the web based Online Event Reporting System (OERS) resulted in a decrease of 4 requirements during this reporting period. The OERS is an interactive reporting system that provides companies with greater clarity and efficiency in reporting and provides a single window for reporting of events to the CER and the Transportation Safety Board (as applicable).

As a result, the total count of requirements has increased from 4,539 in 2018 to 4,563 in 2019.

Total Baseline Count
Title of the regulation SOR Number 2019 Count
Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations 2013-138 0
Gas Pipeline Uniform Accounting Regulations 83-190 29
National Energy Board Act Part VI (Oil and Gas) Regulations 96-244 304
National Energy Board Cost Recovery Regulations 91-7 10
National Energy Board Electricity Regulations 97-130 251
National Energy Board Export and Import Reporting Regulations 95-563 134
National Energy Board Onshore Pipeline Regulations 99-294 1,607
National Energy Board Order No. MO-62-69 C.R.C., c. 1055 0
National Energy Board Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations 2016-124 1
National Energy Board Damage Prevention Regulations – Obligations of Pipeline Companies 2016-133 275
National Energy Board Processing Plant Regulations 2003-39 1,662
National Energy Board Rules of Practice and Procedure, 1995 95-208 117
National Energy Board Substituted Service Regulations 83-191 9
Oil Pipeline Uniform Accounting Regulations C.R.C., c. 1058 25
Oil Product Designation Regulations 88-216 0
Pipeline Arbitration Committee Procedure Rules, 1986 86-787 103
Pipeline Financial Requirements Regulations 2018-142 28
Power Line Crossing Regulations 95-500 0
Toll Information Regulations 79-319 8
Energy Administration Act Sections 53 to 65 Non-application Order, 1986 86-1049 0
Total count 4,563

Previous years’ counts for the National Energy Board are available upon request.


Jenni Low
Canada Energy Regulator
Suite 210, 517 Tenth Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2R 0A8
Email: jenni.low@cer-rec.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-607-3857
Telephone (toll free): 1-800-899-1265

Consult the Canada Energy Regulator’s Acts and Regulations web page for:

  • a list of acts and regulations administered by the Canada Energy Regulator
  • further information on the Canada Energy Regulator’s implementation of government-wide regulatory management initiatives

Consult the following for links to the Cabinet Directive on Regulation and supporting policies and guidance, and for information on government-wide regulatory initiatives implemented by departments and agencies across the Government of Canada:

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