The Administrative Burden Baseline (ABB) initiative requires departments to establish a baseline count of federal requirements in regulations and related forms that impose administrative burden on businesses.

As of , the Government of Canada had a total of 131,754 federal requirements in regulations and related forms that imposed administrative burden on businesses in Canada compared to the 2014 Administrative Burden Baseline count of 129,860 requirements. Federal government departments and agencies have made their individual ABB counts publicly available on the Acts and Regulations pages of their websites. A list of Government-wide Administrative Burden Baseline counts is also available.

The ABB count contributes to openness and transparency in reporting on regulatory administrative burden.

Implementation guidance on Counting Administrative Burden Regulatory Requirements, as well as other guidelines and tools are available to help departments and agencies implement this regulatory reform initiative.

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

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