BC only province to have received an “A” grade from the CFIB
On day two of Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) issued its annual red tape report card. The report card looks at measurement, public reporting and political leadership.
British Columbia gets the only “A” grade in the country for a fifth consecutive year. The province gets its top marks for continuing to measure (there are 204,826 regulatory requirements in place), setting a target to maintain (the government has committed to no-net increase in regulatory requirements through 2019) and for political leadership (cutting red tape is a clear priority for the Premier Clark).
“BC has been a model for other provinces and countries since 2001 when it first stepped on the red-tape scale and committed to lose weight,” said Laura Jones, CFIB executive vice-president. “But BC has done something far more impressive than cutting red tape. It has been disciplined about not letting regulatory creep set in. Losing weight is one thing, keeping it off for over a decade is a far more impressive accomplishment,” she continued.
In 2015, BC demonstrated its continued leadership on cutting red tape by declaring the first ever “Red Tape Reduction Day” in Canada to be observed the first Wednesday of every March, starting this year.