We know business owners like yourself deal with piles of red tape every day, i.e. confusing rules, bad customer service, and redundant regulations. Everything from assessments, employment standards, PST, GST regulations, income tax filings, municipal by-laws, privacy rules, payroll taxes, WCB paperwork. The list goes on and on.
We also know red tape is the farthest thing from common sense. Government red tape is indeed a hidden tax, affecting small businesses much more than larger firms. In fact, the annual cost of all regulations on businesses in Canada is pegged at $37 billion per year, with one-third ($11 billion) considered red tape, according to a 2015 CFIB report. In Manitoba, federal, provincial and municipal regulations cost businesses $1.2 billion, $360 million of which is considered red tape. However, the Manitoba government recognizes this significant cost and has quickly acted to legislate ground-breaking one-for-one and two-for-one red tape reduction legislation.
We’ve met with Manitoba’s Minister of Finance, the Hon. Cameron Friesen, and the Mayor of Winnipeg, Brian Bowman to discuss red tape. Both want to hear your concerns, and find solutions to make it easier to do business in Manitoba.