Red tape report card: BC, Quebec, and Manitoba head of the class; Alberta lags behind
January 23, 2018 – As the centrepiece of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM (Jan. 22-26), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today released the 2018 Red Tape Report Card, its annual rating of the federal, provincial and territorial governments on leadership and accountability in cutting red tape for small business.
This year’s report card reveals solid progress by several governments in the fight against excessive government regulation, needless paperwork, and redundant rules.
“A growing number of jurisdictions across the country are making red tape reduction a priority,” said Laura Jones, CFIB’s Executive Vice-President. “For years, CFIB and others have been working hard to convince governments that reducing excessive regulation has real potential to grow the economy, allowing business owners to focus their resources on innovating, improving productivity and expanding their business.”
The report card grades governments using three criteria: strong leadership, comprehensive measurement, and whether or not the government has made a commitment to control the growth of regulation.
This year, three provinces received ‘A’ grades —the most since the introduction of the report card in 2011. In British Columbia, successive governments have reduced regulatory requirements by 48 per cent since 2001, while Quebec has reduced its paper burden by approximately 22 per cent since 2004 —saving businesses $303 million each year.