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The prestigious Golden Scissors Award™ recognizes politicians, public servants, or other Canadians who have shown leadership in cutting red tape, producing meaningful and positive results for small businesses like yours.
The ultimate prize of the Golden Scissors is bestowed on only a small handful of people and organizations, out of many distinguished nominees from across the country.
For the 2019 edition of Red Tape Awareness Week, we’re looking for the country’s greatest red tape success stories. Tell us who has made life easier for businesses in your city, province, or even across the country!
In 2018, we recognized Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and Finance Minister Cameron Friesen, for instituting an ambitious red-tape reduction plan! The province's “2-for-1” rule will see two old regulations scrapped for every new one introduced, and it has already updated 15 pieces of legislation to get rid of unnecessary rules in industries from agriculture to auto repair.
The honorable mentions were:
Find out more about the winners and finalists.
We handed out a special Golden Scissors Award to provincial and territorial trade ministers, to celebrate the passing of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement! The agreement will eliminate needless interprovincial trade barriers, making it easier for small firms to do business across the country.
British Columbia Premier and Minister of Small Business win the award, for introducing an annual Red Tape Reduction Day, leading to the repeal of 37 unnecessary pieces of legislation. The Day also resulted in streamlined online applications for certain permits and more than 200 scrapped regulations.
Quebec ministers Sam Hamad (Minister of Labour) and Jean-Denis Girard (Minister of Small and Medium Enterprises) are recognized for creating a red tape task force—and implementing 90% of its recommendations!
Minister of National Revenue Kerri-Lynne Findlay wins for a small, but powerful change to the way small businesses like yours remit payroll taxes to the CRA. Many small businesses can now send in payroll taxes biweekly or monthly, rather than weekly.
About Red Tape Awareness Week: Each year, CFIB dedicates one week in January to raise public awareness about the impact of excessive regulations and red tape on small business and challenge politicians and bureaucrats across the country to take action.