Red Tape Report Card: grades all over the map

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Red tape is a massive hidden tax on small business and all Canadians. While some governments are taking action to measure and report on the problem, others have not made red tape accountability a priority.

Jurisdiction2014 Grade2015 Grade
British ColumbiaAA
Federal GovernmentB+B+
Newfoundland and LabradorC+C
Prince Edward IslandD+D+
Nova ScotiaC-D-
Northwest TerritoriesFF
New BrunswickBNA*

 *too soon to evaluate the new government’s performance on regulatory accountability

BC, which announced it will extend its “one-for-one” rule until 2019, topped the chart with an A grade, while Nova Scotia moved in the opposite direction, earning a D- for not having measured its regulatory burden since 2010.

The report card graded the provinces, territories and federal government on their commitment to red tape accountability, and offered recommendations to governments that want to improve their grade.

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