Issue: Entrepreneurs have told CFIB that Manitoba has a serious problem with red tape. According to CFIB’s latest Canada Red Tape Report, Manitoba small- and medium-sized businesses spend $1.2 billion complying with regulations from all levels of government. Of this total regulatory burden, Manitoba entrepreneurs indicate nearly 30 per cent, or $400 million, is red tape that could be eliminated with no negative effect on health and safety or environmental standards. To make matters worse, there is no regulatory accountability in the province, and Manitoba’s current Red Tape Report Card grade is “F.”
Action: On December 6, 2016, the Manitoba government launched the Red Tape Reduction Task Force, which delivers on a commitment made during the 2016 election. The Task Force will identify regulatory requirements that stifle growth and will initially focus efforts on four specific industries; agriculture and food-processing, transportation, non-profit organizations, and land development.
The Task Force includes business leaders from the across the province who will represent the four targeted sectors. Shannon Martin (MLA for Morris) and Carmele Peter (President of the Exchange Income Corporation) will co-chair the Task Force. Other members include:
- Agriculture and food processing: Marilyn Braun-Pollon, Dan Sierens, Blair Yakimoski;
- Transportation: Wade Linden, Greg Nesbitt, Don Strueber;
- Non-profits: Vera Goussaert, Janice Morely-Lecomte, Alan Goodz; and
- Land development: Henry Borger, Martin Harder, Jeff Wharton.
Marilyn Braun-Pollon, CFIB’s Vice-President, Prairie and Agri-business, will represent Manitoba’s small businesses on the Task Force, and will serve on the agriculture and food processing sub-committee.
Next Steps: The Task Force will begin consultations in January 2017, and will develop recommendations and an action plan in the spring of 2017. Full implementation is expected by May, 2018.
We need your help! Please share your red tape headaches with CFIB by contacting the CFIB Manitoba office at: 1-888-234-2232 or [email protected]. The more problems we know of, the more we can try to fix!
If you have any other questions, please contact CFIB Business Resources at 1-888-234-2232 or email [email protected].