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Burden Reduction Reporting Act, 2014

S.o. 2014, chapter 12
Schedule 1

Note: This Act was repealed on January 1, 2021. (See: 2020, c. 18, Sched. 11, s. 11)

Last amendment: 2020, c. 18, Sched. 11, s. 11.

Legislative History: 2020, c. 18, Sched. 11, s. 11.


Ontario recognizes that the ongoing maintenance of a modern, efficient, accountable and transparent regulatory and administrative environment is necessary to foster economic growth, prosperity and a competitive business climate.

Statutory, regulatory, procedural, administrative and other requirements are necessary to protect the public interest, including health, safety and the environment.  However, some requirements may also create burdens, such as burdens inadvertently created over time, that unnecessarily inhibit productivity, job creation and innovation.


1 In this Act,

“burden” means a cost that may be measured in terms of money, time or resources and is considered by the Minister in consultation with other members of the Government of Ontario to be unnecessary to achieve the purpose of the statutory, regulatory, procedural, administrative or other requirement that creates the cost; (“fardeau administratif”)

“Minister” means the Minister of Economic Development, Employment and Infrastructure or any other member of the Executive Council to whom responsibility for the administration of this Act is assigned or transferred under the Executive Council Act. (“ministre”)

Annual report on burden reduction

2 (1) The Minister shall make available to the public an annual report with respect to,

(a)  actions taken by the Government of Ontario to reduce burdens; and

(b)  the Government of Ontario’s future burden reduction goals.

Publication of report

(2) The Minister shall ensure that the report is,

(a)  published on a Government of Ontario website or in such other manner as the Minister considers advisable; and

(b)  available to the public on or before June 30 in each year or, if the regulations prescribe another date, on or before the prescribed date in each year.


(3) The Minister shall table the annual report in the Legislative Assembly as soon as possible after it is published.


3 The Minister may make regulations respecting the report, which may include regulations,

(a)  specifying any actions to reduce burdens that must be referred to in the report;

(b)  prescribing the manner in which the Minister must evaluate, quantify or describe actions of the Government of Ontario in the report;

(c)  prescribing a date for the purpose of clause 2 (2) (b).

4 Omitted (provides for coming into force of provisions of this Act).

5 Omitted (enacts short title of this Act).