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Federal government gets a B+ for cutting red tape

Action reduces regulatory burden for small businesses: CFIB.


TORONTO — The federal government is getting a bit better at untangling red tape for small business. It has gone from a B- last year and a C+ in 2011 to a B+ this year, according to the annual Red Tape Report Card issued by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

The report card, issued as part of Red Tape Awareness Week, evaluates federal and provincial governments’ progress on regulatory reform. It looks at political leadership, efforts to measure the regulatory burden, long-term thinking, and the overall public policy context.

Provincial and Territorial grades run the gamut from the A earned by BC to the D- assessments earned by PEI, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Yukon.

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The CFIB is praising the federal government for its “one-for-one” rule (a regulation must be removed for every new one introduced), appointing an independent panel to evaluate and report on the government’s performance, and for requiring departments to set and publish measurable goals for service improvement, then report on their performance.

The Toronto-based CFIB said the federal government has shown the most improvement of any jurisdiction, but noted the Ontario government (from a B- to a B) was active on the issue last year, “and is the province to watch in 2013.”

Click here for a copy of the report.