Premier Ford wins a CFIB Golden Scissors Award

CFIB’s 10th Red Tape Awareness Week™ showcases leaders fighting red tape

Toronto, January 23, 2019 – As part of Red Tape Awareness Week™, Ontario Premier Doug Ford was presented with a 2019 Golden Scissors Award today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) for taking strong action to remove excessive red tape in labour legislation and for his leadership on cross-government red tape reduction for small businesses.  

The Golden Scissors Awards recognize governments, elected representatives and public servants who are taking meaningful action to help small- and medium-sized businesses by eliminating unnecessary red tape. Traditionally, CFIB has awarded only one winner per year, but to mark the 10th anniversary of Red Tape Awareness Week™, a winner from each level of government is being recognized. The remaining winners (at the federal and municipal levels) will be announced by CFIB tomorrow.

“We congratulate Premier Ford for being the first Ontario Premier to receive this national award during Red Tape Awareness Week™,” said Plamen Petkov, CFIB’s Ontario vice president. “Immediately upon taking office only a few months ago, Premier Ford and his cabinet rolled up their sleeves and went to work on easing red tape headaches in labour legislation, making it easier to run a business in this province.”   

With this award, Premier Ford is being specifically recognized for:

  • Cutting red tape on hiring and training in the skilled trades, as business owners now only need one journeyperson on staff to be able to hire an apprentice, which eliminated significant, unnecessary barriers to entering the trades;
  • Phasing out the College of Trades, an entire bureaucracy responsible for unnecessary regulatory requirements and duplicate inspections and certifications; and
  • Stopping the planned implementation of rules requiring businesses to track every movement of their scheduled employees into and out of the office, down to the minute, or face stiff penalties. 

“Business owners, citizens and government all suffer when red tape is out of control, but reducing the regulatory burden rarely receives the recognition it deserves,” added Laura Jones, CFIB’s executive vice-president. “It’s important to say ‘thank you’ to the people who are tackling this difficult work and hold them up as examples of governance done right.” 

For more information on CFIB’s 10th annual Red Tape Awareness Week™, visit

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The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is Canada’s largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses with 110,000 members, including over 42,000 members in Ontario. CFIB is dedicated to increasing business owners’ chances of success by driving policy change at all levels of government, providing expert advice and tools, and negotiating exclusive savings. Learn more at