CFIB reveals Canada-wide nominees for red tape reduction award; Two finalists from Saskatchewan

Winner of the ‘Golden Scissors’ to be announced January 22

Regina, January 15, 2016 – In the lead-up to Red Tape Awareness Week™ (January 18-22), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has announced the finalists for the Golden Scissors Award, which honours an elected official or others in government who have shown leadership and delivered meaningful results in cutting red tape for small business.

Nominations were received from across the country and across all levels of government. The winner of the 2016 Golden Scissors Award will be unveiled on Friday, January 22.

“It’s great to see two strong finalists from Saskatchewan. The streamlining of the Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program (SINP) and the standardizing of ‘wide load’ signs on trucks to match neighbouring Alberta are clear examples of the Government of Saskatchewan’s strong commitment to cutting unnecessary red tape for entrepreneurs,” said Marilyn Braun-Pollon, CFIB’s vice-president, Prairie & Agri-business.

The finalists are:

Richelle   Bourgoin, Former Director, Mission Planning and   Employer Engagement, Saskatchewan Ministry of the Economy

Bourgoin’s   team helped 3,700 employers address worker shortages by improving the   Saskatchewan Immigrant Nominee Program. It used to take eight months to hire   a worker through the program. It now takes 10 days.

Hon.   Nancy Heppner, Saskatchewan Minister of Highways   and Infrastructure; Hon. Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan Minister   Responsible for Immigration, Trade, Innovation and Tourism

Ministers   Heppner and Harrison worked together to change provincial regulations for   wide-load signs on trucks to match neighbouring Alberta. Now, businesses   don’t need two different signs for each truck, and drivers no longer need to   risk life and limb at the side of the road to switch signs when crossing the   provincial border.

Hon. Stephen   McNeil, Premier, Nova Scotia; Canada’s   Premiers

Premier   McNeil led the charge for an interprovincial and territorial agreement,   recognizing each other’s apprenticeship rules. The agreement will make it   easier for workers to find jobs in other provinces and for businesses to hire   them from other parts of the country.

Hon.   Brad Duguid, Ontario Minister of Economic   Development, Employment and Infrastructure

Minister   Duguid introduced legislation that now requires Ontario to regularly report   on measures it is taking to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses.

Hon. Alan   McIsaac, Prince Edward Island Minister of Agriculture and   Fisheries; former Minister of Transportation and   Infrastructure Renewal

As former Minister   of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Minister McIsaac replaced   annual registration of farm vehicles with one-time registration.

Hon. Brian   Gallant, Premier of New Brunswick, Hon. Stephen   McNeil, Premier of Nova Scotia, Hon. Wade MacLauchlan,   Premier of Prince Edward Island

Premiers   McNeil and Gallant created the Joint Office of Regulatory Services and   Effectiveness in March and were joined by Premier MacLauchlan in November. The   Office’s work includes cutting red tape and creating a better regulatory   environment in the Maritimes.  It is   committed to measuring and publicly reporting on the red tape burden.

Hon. Jean-Denis   Girard, Quebec Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises,   Regulatory Streamlining and Regional Economic Development; Hon. Sam Hamad,   Quebec Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity

Labour   Minister Hamad created a government-industry working group and gave it a   mandate to recommend ways to cut the cost of red tape on small and   medium-sized businesses by 20 per cent (more than $250 million a year) by the   end of 2015. Small Business Minister Girard oversaw the implementation of the   measures resulting from the working group to reduce red tape on businesses   across government.

Hon. Christy   Clark, Premier of British Colombia; Hon.   Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction

The   government of BC legislated Canada’s first-ever Red Tape Reduction Day in   B.C. (first Tuesday of March), and extended the province’s commitment to no   net increase in regulation to 2019.

Hon.   Mark Furey, Nova Scotia Minister of Business and   Minister of Service

Minister   Furey led the creation of an online registration portal for restaurants, accommodation   services and convenience stores, which has saved countless time and money for   business owners just starting out.

Government red tape is a hidden tax that affects Canada’s small businesses much more than larger firms. The annual cost of all regulations on businesses in Canada is pegged at $37 billion per year, with one-third ($11 billion) of that unnecessary red tape.

To arrange an interview with Marilyn Braun-Pollon, CFIB’s Vice-President Prairie & Agri Business, please call (306) 757-0000, 1-888-234-2232 or email You may follow CFIB Saskatchewan on Twitter @cfibsk.

For further information please contact Ryan Mallough at 416-222-8022 or  

CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members (5,250 in Saskatchewan) across every sector and region.