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Wrapped up in red tape? Let's cut it off!

It never fails: anytime we ask what issues seriously concern you, red tape comes out near the top of the list. 

But it doesn’t always show up on governments’ radars. That’s why we created Red Tape Awareness Week (RTAW): to drive decision makers to cut unnecessary regulations. And with the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve never needed them to act faster. 

Over the course of the week, we show how regulatory burdens from all three levels of government impede your ability to run a successful business and hurt the country’s economy.

The 12th edition of Red Tape Awareness Week will run from January 25-29, 2021.

The worst of the worst

We want your horror stories. The 2021 Paperweight Awards will be given to the most egregious stories of regulatory overreach. Previous ‘winners’ include fees for a children’s lemonade stand and a tax based on guesswork. 


Nominate an awful regulation today
Red tape warrior

We’re looking for the true champion of small business! The 2021 Golden Scissors Awards will recognize people and departments that led the fight against red tape by cutting regulations that hinder the success of small businesses. 


Nominate a crusader for 2021

How does your province compare?

Think you’ve got it worse than others? The Red Tape Report Card gives each provincial and territorial government a grade based on their commitment to cutting red tape.

Have health and safety questions?

Visit our new OH&S toolkit for answers—including tips, tricks and templates that help you navigate red tape and stay compliant, regardless of your jurisdiction.

Get us out of line! Digitize!

This year we’re challenging all levels of government to modernize by ditching fax machines, line-ups and other antiquated processes that slow business owners down.

Keeping up the fight

CFIB has been leading the fight against over-regulation for 10 years – and we’re nowhere near finished. More politicians and decision-makers recognize the problem and are working to solve it, but red tape is still one of the top burdens your business faces. Stay with us as we keep fight going in the next 10 years.