Administrative Burden Baseline: Update 2016

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

All federal regulations that are administered by the National Energy Board that have requirements that impose administrative burden on business are identified below. The total 2016 count is 4,012. The total June 30th 2014 baseline count is 1,298 and can be viewed on the 2014 Baseline count page.

Through the updates to the NEB’s regulations for damage prevention, there were two new, two amended, and two repealed NEB regulations during the 2016 reporting period. These changes have modernized the regulations and provide regulatory clarity and certainty to companies and third parties regarding the responsibilities they have with respect to protecting pipelines. While regulating the energy industry, the NEB imposes requirements to ensure that activities are done safely, and in a way that protects the environment and the public.

Please note that 2,690 requirements that should have been part of the 2015 count are now included in this update. When the web-based Online Reporting System (OERS) replaced the paper forms attached to, or associated with, the regulations in 2015, the updated requirements were not counted. 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 NEB and the Transportation Safety Board (as applicable).

As a result the count of requirements has increased from 1,298 in 2014 to 4,012 in 2016.

Total Baseline Count
Title of the regulation SOR Number 2016 Count
Administrative Monetary Penalties Regulations 2013-138 0
Gas Pipeline Uniform Accounting Regulations 83-190 29
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 Onshore Pipeline Regulations 99-294 1,423
National Energy Board Order No. MO-62-69 C.R.C., c. 1055 0
National Energy Board Pipeline Crossing Regulations, Part I
88-528 0
National Energy Board Pipeline Crossing Regulations, Part II
88-529 0
National Energy Board Damage Prevention Regulations – Authorizations 2016-124 1
National Energy Board Damage Prevention Regulations – Obligations of Pipeline Companies 2016-133 129
National Energy Board Processing Plant Regulations 2003-39 1,469
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
Power Line Crossing Regulations 95-500 0
Toll Information Regulations 79-319 8
Energy Administration Act Sections 53 to 65 Non-application Order, 1986 86-1049 0
Total count 4,012

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


Jenni Low
National Energy Board
Suite 210, 517 Tenth Avenue SW
Calgary, Alberta  T2R 0A8

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