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The government listened and delivered on its commitment to help reduce the red tape headaches facing your business.
MB GOV COMMITS TO ONE-FOR-ONE LAW
Issue: On January 23, 2017, the Manitoba government was the first province to accept CFIB’s red tape challenge by committing to legislate a one-for-one law.
Government red tape is a hidden tax affecting Canada’s small businesses much more than larger firms, and Manitoba’s small business owners rank red tape as one of their a top priorities. CFIB estimates the annual cost of all regulations on businesses is pegged at $37 billion per year, with one-third of that ($11 billion) considered unnecessary red tape. In Manitoba, all federal, provincial and municipal regulations cost businesses $1.2 billion per year, $360 million of which is considered red tape.
Action: On March 14th, 2017, the government delivered on its one-for-one commitment by introducing Bill 22, to establish The Regulatory Accountability Act and Amendments to The Statutes and Regulations Act. This new legislation will establish a framework for measuring, assessing and reporting regulatory requirements in Manitoba. It further contains a two-for-one commitment for the first four years that the legislation is in place for. See CFIB news release: Small business welcomes The Regulatory Accountability Act
In summary, Bill 22 will:
In addition to Bill 22, the Manitoba government introduced two additional pieces of legislation on March 15 and 16, 2017, that will help further reduce red tape facing entrepreneurs.
Next Steps: CFIB is challenging all the provincial and territorial governments across Canada to follow Manitoba’s lead and jump on the red tape reduction train.
Have a red tape headache? Please contact Business Resources at 1-888-234-2232 or email [email protected].
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