Red Tape Digital Diaries show the face of red tape

The goal of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM is to show Canadians how much red tape can hurt small businesses. We all have frustrating encounters with government from time to time, but that is nothing compared to what Canada's small business owners face every day. They must comply with an alphabet soup of rules from all levels of government. And what happens when every single "t" is not crossed and "i" dotted? Penalties, fines and audits.

What can be done about it? They say the first step to fixing a problem is to admit it exists, and so the Red Tape Diaries was born. Last year, we had members write in and give examples of red tape in their own business.

This year, we're kicking it up a notch with video reports of members in their businesses. Members in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan and BC will each give you simple examples of how over-regulation has hurt - or is hurting - their company. Along the way, you will hear talk of issues such as imports, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and even a law from 1934 that is stopping a Quebec hairdresser from cutting hair on Sundays!

Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan: Greg's Story

Yarmouth, Nova Scotia: Nhung's Story

Vancouver, British Columbia: Steve's story

Ottawa, Ontario: Claude's story

About Red Tape Awareness Week: Each year, CFIB dedicates one week in January to raise public awareness about the impact of excessive regulations and red tape on small business and challenge politicians and bureaucrats across the country to take action.