Administrative Burden Baseline: Update 2020

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 CER that have requirements that impose administrative burden on business are identified below. The total 2020 count is 4,636. The total June 30th 2014 baseline count is 1,298 and can be viewed on the 2014 Baseline count page.

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made under the National Energy Board Act remain in force under the Canadian Energy Regulator Act until they are repealed or others made in their stead, as per the Interpretation Act.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, with the first group of regulatory changes completed during this reporting period.

Between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, four new regulations came into force, seven regulations were amended, and one regulation was repealed. One of the four new regulations, the International and Interprovincial Power Line Damage Prevention Regulations – Obligations of Holders of Permits and Certificates, introduced 23 new regulatory requirements. The new regulation provides regulatory clarity and certainty to companies and third parties regarding the responsibilities they have with respect to protecting power lines and the people working around them. While regulating the energy industry, the CER provides requirements to ensure that activities are done safely, and in a way that protects people and the environment.

Through the Miscellaneous Amendment Regulations process, seven regulations were amended. The majority of the changes were non-substantive and included name, term, and language updates. These changes were made to align the regulations with the new Canadian Energy Regulator Act and had no impact on the count of administrative requirements.

Minor updates and a review of requirements in the web based Online Event Reporting System (OERS) and Electronic Document Submission System resulted in an increase of 51 requirements. 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 4,563 in 2019 to 4,636 in 2020.

Total Baseline Count
Title of the regulation SOR Number 2020 Count

Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations

2013-138

0

Canadian Energy Regulator Onshore Pipeline Regulations

99-294

1,621

Canadian Energy Regulator Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations

2016-124

1

Canadian Energy Regulator Pipeline Damage Prevention Regulations –  Obligations of Pipeline Companies

2016-133

292

Canadian Energy Regulator Processing Plant Regulations

2003-39

1,678

Circumstances for Excluding Periods from Time Limits Regulations [New]

2019-348

0

Gas Pipeline Uniform Accounting Regulations

83-190

29

International and Interprovincial Power Line Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations [New]

2019-347

0

International and Interprovincial Power Line Damage Prevention Regulations – Obligations of Holders of Permits and Certificates [New]

2020-49

23

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 Order No. MO-62-69

C.R.C., c. 1055

0

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

31

Power Line Crossing Regulations [Repealed]

95-500

0

Toll Information Regulations

79-319

8

Transitional Regulations for the Purpose of the National Energy Board Cost Recovery Regulations [New]

2019-300

0

Energy Administration Act Sections 53 to 65 Non-application Order, 1986

86-1049

0

Total count

4,636

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

Contact:

Kelly Poffenroth
Canada Energy Regulator
Suite 210, 517 Tenth Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2R 0A8
Email: kelly.poffenroth@cer-rec.gc.ca
Telephone: 403-470-4600
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:

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit:

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