Progress made in the battle against unnecessary regulations across Canada
Toronto/Calgary, January 24, 2017 – Today, during Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) issued its annual red tape report card, grading the provinces and territories on their commitment to red tape accountability. The report card looks at political leadership, public measurement, and constraints on regulations. The Alberta government received a failing “F” grade.
“Reducing the regulatory burden is not a high priority for the Alberta government, in fact it’s not a priority at all. Cutting red tape would inject a much needed boost in the economy, but instead of taking action onerous rules are piling up on this government’s watch,” said Amber Ruddy, Director of Provincial Affairs for Alberta.
CFIB has been asking governments to take the first step to being accountable by getting on the red tape scale. “For governments that want a better grade, red tape reform has a simple formula: measure, report, repeat,” said Laura Jones, Executive Vice-president and Chief Strategic Officer at CFIB. “Without knowing the size of the problem, it’s impossible to tackle it – like trying to lose weight without first weighing yourself.”