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Golden Scissors Award: celebrating
red tape warriors

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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 10th edition of Red Tape Awareness Week in January 2019, we celebrated four people who have scored great victories in the fight against red tape.

  • Federal winner: Former Treasury Board President Scott Brison, for his commitment to reducing federal red tape on a yearly basis.
  • Provincial winner: Ontario Premier Doug Ford, for his major overhaul of harmful labour rule changes through Bill 47, and his leadership on cross-government red tape reduction for small businesses.
  • Municipal winner: Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and Halifax Mayor Mike Savage, for teaming up to create the Joint Project for Regulatory Modernization.

Our honourable mentions, who also fought to cut excessive regulations and make life easier for business owners, were:

  • Service BC and the BC Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology, for creating a new, easy-to-use guide for people dealing with the loss of a loved one.
  • Ron Dedman, former Vice President, Priority Saskatchewan/SaskBuilds, for reducing the number of templates for bidding on work from over 100 to only eight.
  • Gatineau Mayor Maxime Pedneaud-Jobin, for using omnibus legislation packages to streamline the process of removing outdated regulations.

Thank you and congratulations to all the finalists! Read more about them here

Golden Scissors Awards through the years

2018: Manitoba's ambitious plan

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:

  • Hon. Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue, for allowing small business owners to distribute T4s electronically to their employees. 
  • Nova Scotia Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness – Business Navigation Service, for pioneering innovative, personalized ways to help small businesses comply with regulations. 
  • Hon. Dominique Vien, Quebec’s Minister of Labour, for loosening an inflexible rule around voluntary construction work.

Find out more about the winners and finalists. 

Special 2017 Edition: A revolutionary trade agreement

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.

2017: B.C. creates Red Tape Reduction Day

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.

Honorable mentions

  • Fred Crooks, Chief Regulatory Officer, Nova Scotia: For offsetting each regulation with a cost reduction for businesses.
  • Lise Thériault, Deputy Premier, Québec: For setting a goal of reducing red tape costs by 10% by 2018.
  • Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development, Ontario: For introducing an online portal (the Red Tape Challenge) where Ontarians can submit ideas of red tape to cut.
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency: For setting up a user-friendly online resource for agri-businesses with questions about regulations.
2016: A special task force in Québec

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!

Honorable mentions

  • Premier Stephen McNeil, Nova Scotia: For leading the charge on an agreement between the provinces to recognize each other’s apprenticeship programs, allowing Canadians to find more work across the country. 
  • Nancy Heppner, Minister of Infrastructure and Jeremy Harrison, Minister of Trade, Saskatchewan: For harmonizing Saskatchewan’s truck regulations with Alberta’s, to facilitate transportation between the two provinces.
  • Alan McIsaac, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Prince Edward Island: For allowing farmers to register vehicles once, rather than re-registering every year. 
2015: Payroll taxes made easier

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. 

Honorable mentions

  • Naheed Nenshi, Mayor of Calgary: For leading the Cut Red Tape initiative, which saved the city’s small businesses $2.8 million.
  • Diane Whalen, Finance Minister, Nova Scotia: For eliminating a regulation that would have required scrap metal dealers to collect sellers’ personal information.

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.