Making it easier to operate and do business across Atlantic

Recently, the Council of Atlantic Premiers made new commitments to improve regional regulatory efficiency in areas identified by the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council (APEC).

In terms of time and money, the move away from four approaches towards one shared approach across our Atlantic region is significant and unprecedented in its potential savings to your business.

Two relatively small initiatives already complete – the alignment of minimum wage changes and record-keeping requirements – are estimated to currently save Maritime businesses $440,000 every year.

The new commitments include:

  • A phased-in approach to move from four separate provincial licenses to one regional license for activities and occupations related to technical safety,
  • An aligned application process and common duration of temporary permits for insurance adjusters to improve response time to severe weather events and other emergencies across the region,
  • Broadening shared training of transportation enforcement officials across the region, and
  • Mutual recognition across the Atlantic region in the following areas:
    • Head and foot protection,      
    • First aid training, and      
    • Occupational Health and Safety Committee training.
The Premiers have pledged to continue enhancing regulatory effiency in order to make it easer for businesses to succeed and expand throughout Atlantic Canada.

These commitments are in addition to work already completed or underway, which includes:

  • Aligning the timing of minimum wage changes and record-keeping requirements in the Maritimes,
  • Adopting Canada Revenue Agency’s One Business Number for simpler interaction with WCB systems, and
  • Generating common solicitation documents for government procurement.

When you take into account the most recent commitments, we anticipate regional regulatory efficiency will save Atlantic businesses millions of dollars annually. These are substantial savings realized without compromising much-valued environmental, employee, customer and health protections – all of which are hallmarks of a strong regulatory climate.

The four Atlantic provinces have also:

  • Adopted the Charter of Governing Principles for Regulation,
  • Proclaimed the Regulatory Accountability and Reporting Act, and
  • Committed to a common approach to regulatory measurement.

A model to assess the business impact of regulations is well underway in Nova Scotia and is soon to be implemented across the region.

Find out more about regional regulatory reform in Atlantic Canada.

 

 

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