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Charlottetown, January 22, 2016 – To close out Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) announced this morning that Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Alan McIsaac received an Honourable Mention for the P.E.I. government’s permanent farm vehicle registration initiative that was announced last year.
As former Minister for Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal, Minister McIsaac introduced a one-time farm vehicle registration as an option available to farmers which would replace annual registrations. The move will save farmers from having to re-register their vehicles every year and will also help alleviate backlogs at Access P.E.I. sites every Spring.
“There’s often a perception that the only way government can help businesses is through expensive programs,” said Erin McGrath-Gaudet, CFIB’s director for PEI. “The permanent farm vehicle registration is a great illustration of the fact that sometimes simple changes can help make things easier for businesses- and government too!”
"The Province of Prince Edward Island is working closely with our business community to eliminate unnecessary red tape and improve service delivery for our clients,” said Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Alan McIsaac. “With over 2,600 farm trucks and trailers registered in the province, moving to a one-time vehicle registration has helped increase efficiency and it allows our Island farmers to spend more time on the farm."
The national Golden Scissors award was given to Quebec ministers Sam Hamad, and Jean-Denis Girard, are joint winners of the Golden Scissors award for leading and implementing measures to reduce red tape on small businesses. In addition, two other Honourable Mentions were also announced today:
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil and Canada’s Premiers. Premier McNeil led the charge on an agreement between provinces and territories to recognize each other’s technical training programs, work experience and examination results for apprentices. The move helps Canadians find jobs and helps businesses find workers. It is also a positive step in the direction of achieving a new Agreement on Internal Trade.
Hon. Nancy Heppner, Saskatchewan Minister of Highways and Infrastructure and Hon. Jeremy Harrison, Saskatchewan Minister Responsible for Trade. 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.
See the full list of Finalists.
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