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It’s time for municipalities to cut the red tape on your business

When it comes to your red tape burden, there’s good news and bad news. The good news is, the federal government has started to cut regulations, and more provinces are taking meaningful steps to reduce the burden on you. 

The bad news? Your overall cost of compliance is still high. That’s why we're focusing on the issue at the municipal level. 

The challenge: stop the growing burden!

We’re calling on every municipality across the country to implement a 1-for-1 rule.

The 1-for-1 rule (or the “one-in-one-out” rule) ensures that every new regulation is offset by scrapping an old one. Mayors and councils who want to do even more to support small businesses could also implement further measures, such as giving citizens more opportunities to provide input on regulations – so they know what’s really affecting your business.

Municipalities respond to our call!

In 2019, as part of Red Tape Awareness Week, CFIB threw this challenge out to cities across the country. In response, many municipalities have expressed interest in taking up our challenge! These include: 

  • Halifax, N.S.
  • Fort McMurray, AB
  • Brazeau County, AB
  • Bécancour, QC
  • Châteauguay, QC
  • Lavatrie, QC
  • Magog, QC
  • Mascouche, QC 
  • Rivière-du-Loup, QC

Feds and provinces taking action on red tape

In the past, we’ve thrown down the gauntlet to other levels of government – and we’re pleased to say they’ve taken action. 

Three provinces (British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec) – plus the federal government – have now adopted their own “1-for-1” rules; Manitoba went the extra step of making it “2-for-1” for the first few years. 

After our 2018 challenge to fix domestic trade, provincial governments started the hard work of making it easier to do business between provinces, including by making national building codes available for free. 

This year, we are challenging all levels of government to take at least one meaningful step to modernize in 2020 and embrace the digital age. 

About Red Tape Awareness Week

Red Tape Awareness Week is when we put the spotlight on how regulatory burdens from all levels of government impede your ability to run a successful business and hurt the country’s economy. It’s also a chance to name-and-shame the worst over-regulation, and celebrate the people cutting the red tape. 
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January 22, 2020

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