Charlottetown, January 24, 2017 –As part of its annual Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) issued a national red tape report card, grading the provinces and territories on their commitment to red tape accountability. This year’s edition, which looks at measurement, public reporting and political leadership showed some improvements in Prince Edward Island earning a C plus overall.
“Prince Edward Island is working to reduce red tape through initiatives like Project Addressing Red Tape (Project ART) and by passing the Regulatory Accountability and Reporting Act,” said Jordi Morgan, CFIB’s Vice President for Atlantic Canada.
Premier Wade MacLauchlan is committed to reducing red tape and continues to work with other provinces through the Maritime Premiers’ Action Plan and the Council of Atlantic Premiers (CAP). The Minister of Economic Development and Tourism established Project Addressing Red Tape, a government-wide initiative aimed at reducing red tape irritants. Project ART holds sector roundtables that bring together industry and government to recognize, understand, unnecessary burdens imposed on businesses by government. Prince Edward Island is an equal partner of the Joint Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness (Office) whose initiatives focus on reducing internal trade barriers through harmonization or mutual recognition in specific areas.
“The next step for Prince Edward Island is to establish a baseline measurement for red tape and set red tape reduction targets based on that baseline,” said Morgan. “If the province adopts the cost measurement tool created by the Joint Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness they will join the top of the pack in next year’s report card.”
For more details about the report card, visit www.cfib.ca.
For more information, please contact Jordi Morgan at 1-(902)-420-1997 or [email protected]
CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 95,000 members across every sector and region.