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Administrative Burden Baseline: Update 2023

The Administrative Burden Baseline (ABB) provides Canadians with a clear metric on the total number of requirements in federal regulations and associated forms that impose an administrative burden on business. This baseline contributes to the openness and transparency of the federal regulatory system.

All federal regulations administered by Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) that have requirements that impose administrative burden on business are identified below. DFO’s 2023 count of regulatory-based requirements that impose a burden on business has remained unchanged from the 2022 count of 5,370. DFO’s original baseline count was 5,350 on June 30, 2014.

Please note that the ABB count for each regulation only accounts for administrative burden imposed on commercial enterprises, and does not include administrative burden related to recreational fishing, licences required for research purposes, or licences required for scientific purposes. As well, some regulations, annotated with (*), are administered by other government departments who will account for the administrative burden.

Administrative Burden Baseline 2023
Title of Regulation SOR Number ABB Count for 2023
Fisheries Act
Aboriginal Communal Fishing Licences Regulations SOR/93-332  20
Alberta Fishery Regulations, 1998 SOR/98-246 72
Aquaculture Activities Regulations SOR/2015-177 96
Aquatic Invasive Species Regulations SOR/2015-121 0
Atlantic Fishery Regulations, 1985 SOR/86-21 8
Authorization Concerning Fish and Fish Habitat Protection Regulations SOR/2019-286 127
British Columbia Sport Fishing Regulations, 1996 SOR/96-137 0
Deposit Out of the Normal Course of Events Notification Regulations * SOR/2011-91 0
Dogfish Exemption Notice C.R.C., c. 836 0
Experimental Lakes Area Research Activities Regulations * SOR/2014-95 0
Fish Toxicant Regulations * SOR/88-258 0
Fishery (General) Regulations SOR/93-53 100
Foreign Vessel Fishing Regulations C.R.C., c. 815 0
Management of Contaminated Fisheries Regulations SOR/90-351 33
Manitoba Fishery Regulations, 1987 SOR/87-509 5
Marine Mammal Regulations SOR/93-56 45
Maritime Provinces Fishery Regulations SOR/93-55 186
Meat and Poultry Products Plant Liquid Effluent Regulations * C.R.C., c. 818 0
Metal Mining Effluent Regulations * SOR/2002-222 0
Newfoundland and Labrador Fishery Regulations SOR/78-443 20
Northwest Territories Fishery Regulations C.R.C., c. 847 86
Ontario Fishery Regulations, 2007 SOR/2007-237 189
Order Designating the Minister of the Environment as the Minister Responsible for the Administration and Enforcement of Subsections 36(3) to (6) of the Fisheries Act SI/2014-21 0
Pacific Aquaculture Regulations SOR/2010-270 98
Pacific Fishery Management Area Regulations, 2007 SOR/2007-77 0
Pacific Fishery Regulations, 1993 SOR/93-54 426
Pacific Hake Exemption Notice SOR/86-750 0
Petroleum Refinery Liquid Effluent Regulations * C.R.C., c. 828 0
Potato Processing Plant Liquid Effluent Regulations * C.R.C., c. 829 0
Pulp and Paper Effluent Regulations * SOR/92-269 0
Quebec Fishery Regulations, 1990 SOR/90-214 29
Regulations Establishing Conditions for Making Regulations Under Subsection 36(5.2) of the Fisheries Act SOR/2014-91 0
Roe Herring Exemption Notice C.R.C., c. 837 0
Saskatchewan Fishery Regulations, 1995 SOR/95-233 16
Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations * SOR/2012-139 0
Yukon Territory Fishery Regulations C.R.C., c. 854 55
Fisheries Act, section 18 (lobster fisheries) R.S.C., 1985, c. F-14 49
Fisheries Act, section 61 (Information Returns) R.S.C., 1985, c. F-14 3473
Oceans Act
Anguniaqvia niqiqyuam Marine Protected Area Regulations SOR/2016-280 0
Basin Head Marine Protected Area Regulations SOR/2005-293 1
Bowie Seamount Marine Protected Area Regulations SOR/2008-124 21
Certain Marine Carriers Remission Order, 2011  SI/2011-66 0
Confederation Bridge Area Provincial (P.E.I.) Laws Application Regulations SOR/97-375 0
Eastport Marine Protected Areas Regulations SOR/2005-294 1
Endeavour Hydrothermal Vents Marine Protected Area Regulations SOR/2003-87 0
Fishing Zones of Canada (Zone 6) Order C.R.C., c. 1549 0
Fishing Zones of Canada (Zones 1, 2 and 3) Order  C.R.C., c. 1547 0
Fishing Zones of Canada (Zones 4 and 5) Order  C.R.C., c. 1548 0
Gilbert Bay Marine Protected Regulations SOR/2005-295 1
Gully Marine Protected Area Regulations SOR/2004-112 21
Laurentian Channel Marine Protected Area Regulations SOR/2019-105 0
Musquash Estuary Marine Protected Area Regulations SOR/2006-354 21
Hecate Strait and Queen Charlotte Sound Marine Protected Area Regulations SOR/2017-15 0
St. Anns Bank Marine Protected Area Regulations SOR/2017-106 0
Tarium Niryutait Marine Protected Areas Regulations SOR/2010-190 1
Territorial Sea Geographical Coordinates (Area 7) Order  SOR/85-872 0
Territorial Sea Geographical Coordinates Order C.R.C., c. 1550 0
Atlantic Fisheries Restructuring Act
Order Authorizing the Minister of Finance to Exercise the Powers of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Referred to in the Act in Respect of National Sea Products Limited SOR/89-187 0
Order Authorizing the Minister of Regional Industrial Expansion to Exercise the Powers of the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans under Subsection 6(1) of the Act with Respect to Certain Companies SOR/84-764 0
Order Authorizing the Minister of State (Privatization and Regulatory Affairs) to Exercise the Powers Given to the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Under the Act in Respect of Certain Companies SOR/87-91 0
Coastal Fisheries Protection Act
Coastal Fisheries Protection Regulations C.R.C., c. 413 33
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Act
Department of Fisheries and Oceans Act R.S.C., 1985, c. F-15 0
Fisheries Development Act
Fisheries Development Act R.S.C., 1985, c. F-21 0
Fisheries Improvement Loans Act
Fisheries Improvement Loans Regulations C.R.C., c. 864 132
Fishing and Recreational Harbours Act
Fishing and Recreational Harbours Regulations SOR/78-767 5
Freshwater Fish Marketing Act
Carrier Exemption Regulations C.R.C., c. 803 0
Great Lakes Fisheries Convention Act
Great Lakes Fisheries Convention Act R.S.C., 1985, c. F-17 0
Total 5,370

Data for past years is available upon request.


Houman Kousha
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200 Kent Street, Ottawa ON

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