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We know entrepreneurs, like you, deal with piles of red tape like PST, GST, employment standards, municipal by-laws, payroll taxes, WCB paperwork–the list goes on and on. You tell us red tape holds back your business - dealing with inconsistent information, confusing forms, outdated rules and rude customer service.
Government red tape is a hidden tax affecting Canada’s small businesses much more than larger firms. 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 Saskatchewan, all federal, provincial and municipal regulations cost businesses $1.1 billion per year, $330 million of which is considered red tape.
That’s why eight years ago CFIB launched Canada’s Red Tape Awareness Week (RTAW), which looks at the governments making progress and the ones lagging when it comes to reducing unnecessary rules and red tape on entrepreneurs.
CFIB issues annual red tape report card, grading the provinces and territories on their commitment to red tape accountability. Leading the way on red tape reduction are British Columbia and Quebec. Both provinces have shown strong leadership in dealing with red tape, have established a comprehensive measure of the regulatory burden, and have reduced or restricted the growth of unnecessary regulations.
Saskatchewan’s B grade is amongst the strongest in the country, tied with Nova Scotia and the Federal Government.
Government of Saskatchewan committed to reducing red tape:
SASK GOVERNMENT PROCLAIMS RTAW
Next Steps: While we like the plan to reduce red tape by 25 per cent by 2020, we are recommending the government complete their baseline count before 2023, so relief can be provided to entrepreneurs sooner.
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