Administrative Burden Baseline Count and Annual Updates (2021)

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 burden Footnote 1 on business.


Last reporting period, due to the severe financial and operational challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic for carriers and terminal operators, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) issued the Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations Application Exemption Order (SOR/2020-125) on June 1, 2020, which provided some temporary exemptions from certain specific requirements of the Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR) until December 31, 2020.

As a result, the coming into force date of certain sections of the ATPDR were postponed until January 1, 2021 and consequently impact the administrative burden count within this reporting period.


All federal regulations that are administered by the CTA that have requirements that impose administrative burden on business are identified below. The total 2021 count is 458. The total June 30, 2014 baseline count is 545.

The CTA’s total count of administrative burden requirements increased from 432 on June 30, 2020 to 458 on June 30, 2021. This increase in administrative burden over the reporting period is due to the ATPDR.

Title of Regulation SOR Number 2021 Count
Air Transportation Regulations SOR 88-58 385
Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities SOR 2019-244 26
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
Total   458

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

Contact Information

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 Federal Regulatory Management and Modernization

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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