As a small business owner, you face government red tape everywhere you turn. From filling out long forms to paying taxes, excessive rules and regulations not only waste precious time, but cost you a lot of money. Our research has found that red tape actually costs small businesses like yours more per employee than large firms.
As all levels of governments shift their focus to help businesses recover, red tape reduction has never been more important or necessary.
According to CFIB’s research, in Saskatchewan, federal, provincial and municipal regulations cost businesses $1.1 billion per year, of which $340 million is considered “red tape”. Reducing municipal red tape can give much needed time and money back to business owners.
At a municipal level, one significant area of red tape that many businesses and residents deal with though are municipal permits. In fact, when we’ve asked business owners which municipal regulations were most burdensome for their business in terms of time and money spent on compliance. The majority of small business owners cited building and renovation permits, followed by business licensing. One in five cited land use development as the most burdensome regulations to their business.
As we’ve heard for years, red tape is stifling growth, especially through permitting, in municipalities across Canada. As one small business owner said: