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Manitoba's new red tape measure: best in North America

On Wednesday, September 19th, the Manitoba government took another major step towards being a North American leader in cutting red tape for entrepreneurs when it announced its baseline count of regulatory requirements. We are challenging all other provinces and territorial governments across Canada to follow Manitoba’s lead and get as serious about red tape reduction.

Regulatory requirements are actions or steps that a government requires businesses and others to do in order to access government programs or services, participate in regulated activities, or conduct business in the province.

Manitoba’s baseline count includes:

  • 906,824 total regulatory requirements from 12,393 documents;
  • 65 per cent of regulatory requirements found on forms;
  • The Department of Growth, Enterprise and Trade holds the most regulatory requirements (128,846) as of July 1st, 2017; and
  • Manitoba Education and Training followed closely with 123,189.


Last spring, the government became the first province in Canada to legislate a cap on the number of government rules. Bill 22  - The Regulatory Accountability Act and Amendments to the Statutes and Regulations Act, mandates that for every new regulatory requirement created, two existing requirements with double the administrative burden of the new requirement must be removed (two-for-one rule) until March 31, 2021. After March 31, 2021, it will be replaced by a ‘one-for-one’ rule. Manitoba’s baseline count is also the most comprehensive in Canada and includes government rules found in legislation, regulations, policies, forms, and guidelines.

Fixing your red tape headaches:

Do you have an example of a dumb or ridiculous rule that you think should be fixed? We are looking for your stories, big or small, about a confusing process, unclear rules and/or poor or rude customer service. 

Call us today and tell us about your red tape headaches at (204) 982-0817, 1-888-234-2232 or emailing us at [email protected].

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September 19, 2017

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