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Beyond the Big Border

January 18, 2016
Hidden fees and other costs of trading across the Canada/US border hit small businesses the hardest, but does that mean it’s not worth doing business with our largest trading partner? CFIB’s latest report breaks down border bottlenecks to help your business better prepare for red-tape-free trade.

Regulation costs Canadian businesses $37.1 billion a year

January 21, 2015
A CFIB report released during Red Tape Awareness Week™ shows that the total cost of regulation to Canadian businesses has grown from $31.7 billion in 2012 to $37.1 billion in 2014.

Red tape and individuals

January 27, 2014
From filing taxes to applying for government permits, how much does red tape cost you? Our report quantifies, for the first time, the cost of some of the most common red tape headaches for ordinary Canadians.

Red tape costs much more in Canada than in U.S.

January 21, 2013
The 2013 version of Canada’s Red Tape Report compares the regulatory costs faced by Canadian small businesses to those faced by their U.S. counterparts. And the comparison reveals that Canadian businesses pay significantly more.

BizPaL in Review

October 25, 2011
BizPaL – an online service that claims to streamline business permit and licensing – provides clear benefits to entrepreneurs. When up-to-date and accurate, it reduces red tape. But to live up to its billing as a one-stop shop, information management and quality control must be improved; otherwise BizPaL risks becoming irrelevant.

Serving Up Better Government

November 1, 2006
In 2005, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) released a groundbreaking study on government regulation and paper burden titled "Rated R: Prosperity Restricted by Red Tape". The study conservatively estimates the annual cost of regulatory compliance on Canada's business community at $33 billion.
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