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Halifax, January 27, 2017 – As part of Red Tape Awareness Week™ 2017, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is announcing Nova Scotia’s Chief Regulatory Officer, Fred Crooks, is receiving an Honourable Mention award regoconizing his leadership on red tape reform.
“Fred Crooks and his team have accomplished in two years what has taken other governments many years to achieve,” said Jordi Morgan, Vice-President Atlantic for CFIB. “If this kind of momentum can be maintained, it bodes well for red tape reform in Nova Scotia and across our region.”
Honourable Christy Clark, Premier of BC, and the Honourable Coralee Oakes, Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction for BC, are CFIB’s winners of the 2017 Golden Scissors for leadership and producing meaningful results in cutting red tape for small businesses. The winner, is chosen from nominations across the country
In 2015, BC became the first jurisdiction in North America to legislate an annual Red Tape Reduction Day, dedicated to repealing outdated regulations and improving government customer service. In advance of the first Red Tape Reduction Day, held March 2, 2016, the government of BC conducted an extensive online consultation where more than 400 ideas were submitted from the public. Each idea was reviewed and many have been acted on. The suggestion button is now permanent and citizens can see the status of their suggestions and the provincial response to them. Crucially, the BC government has committed to following up on every idea submitted.
Government red tape is a hidden tax affecting 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) considered red tape, according to a 2015 CFIB report.
CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region.