Business owners like you deal with piles of red tape: 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 You tell us red tape holds back your business—dealing with inconsistent information, confusing forms, outdated rules and rude customer service.
CFIB has been a leading voice on the need to reduce red tape for business owners and getting governments across Canada to become more accountable for regulations. That’s why we launched Red Tape Awareness Week in 2010: to showcase the governments making progress and shed light on the ones lagging when it comes to reducing unnecessary rules and red tape on businesses. Red Tape Awareness Week 2018 ran from January 22-26, 2018.
Progress made on red tape in Saskatchewan
The provincial government has made significant progress with completing its count of all regulatory compliance requirements in the Acts, Regulations, and the related administrative policies and forms. Saskatchewan has 236,422 compliance requirements.
Saskatchewan is also one of the first provinces to implement the mandatory use of the Direct Cost Estimator (DCE) for all regulatory decision items for all ministries, agencies, and Crown Corporations – making it among the most comprehensive cost estimation tools in Canada. The use of the DCE has already resulted in nearly $90 million in red tape savings to both business owners and the government, far exceeding the government’s target of $5 million annually.
Every year, we grade governments on leadership and accountability in cutting red tape for small business. Leading the way on red tape reduction is British Columbia, Manitoba and Quebec. All three 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 grade improved to an ‘A-’ in 2018, up from a ‘B’ grade in 2017. Clearly, the Government of Saskatchewan is serious about cutting red tape.
Saskatchewan had two strong finalists for CFIB’s 6th Annual Golden Scissors Award. It’s great to see the province have finalists for the Golden Scissors Award six years in a row. The first finalist was former Premier Brad Wall for implementing the mandatory use of the Direct Cost Estimator (DCE) for regulatory decision items for all provincial ministries, agencies and Crown Corporations – making it among the most comprehensive cost estimation tools in Canada. Saskatchewan’s second finalist was a joint nomination for both the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure and Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) for drastically reducing wait times for trucking companies and farmers for oversize trucking permits on routes that do not include bridges
Have a red tape headache? Do you have an example of a dumb or ridiculous rule that you think should be fixed? We need your examples, big or small, about a confusing process, unclear rules and/or poor customer service. Call us to share your red tape headaches at 1-888-234-2232 or email us at [email protected].