Administrative Burden Baseline Count and Annual Updates (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 and agencies, through the Administrative Burden Baseline, to provide a count of the requirements in federal regulations that impose an administrative burdenFootnote 1 on business.


The following regulations with an impact on the administrative burden baseline count had a coming into force date Footnote 2 during the reporting period of July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020:

  • The Air Transportation Regulations (ATR, see RIAS for details); and
  • The Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR, see RIAS for details).

Note: The administrative burden impacts on business of the ATPDR will be recounted next reporting period. Due to the severe financial and operational challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic for carriers and terminal operators, the CTA issued the Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations Application Exemption Order (SOR/2020-125) on June 1, 2020, which provides some temporary exemptions from certain specific requirements of the ATPDR until December 31, 2020. Those sections of the ATPDR that did come into effect within the reporting period did not add to the administrative burden.


All federal regulations that are administered by the CTA with requirements imposing administrative burden on business during the reporting period are identified below.

The total June 30, 2020 count is 432. The total June 30, 2014 baseline count is 545.

The CTA’s total count of administrative burden requirements during the reporting period has decreased from 545 to 432. This decrease in administrative burden over the reporting period is due to amendments to modernize, streamline and clarify the ATR, which the CTA made as part of its Regulatory Modernization Initiative. The total count of the administrative burdens imposed by the ATR has been reduced from 498 to 385.

Title of Regulation SOR Number 2020 Count
Total   432
Air Transportation Regulations SOR 88-58 385
Personnel Training for the Assistance of Persons with Disabilities Regulations SOR 94-42 18
Railway Third Party Liability Insurance Coverage Regulations SOR 96-337 15
Railway Traffic and Passenger Tariffs Regulations SOR 96-338 11
Railway Company Pay Out of Excess Revenue for the Movement of Grain Regulations SOR 2001-207 1
The Jacques-Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc. Regulations SOR 98-568 1
The Seaway International Bridge Corporation, Ltd. Regulations SOR 98-569 1

Previous years' counts for the CTA are available upon request. 

CTA Contact

Allan Burnside
Senior Director
Analysis Regulatory Affairs
Canadian Transportation Agency
Phone #: 819-962-3310

For more information

Government-Wide Forward Regulatory Plans

The Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management

The Red Tape Reduction Action Plan

The Canada–United States Regulatory Cooperation Council

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

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