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Pushing for real action on your regulatory burden

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. 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 11th edition of Red Tape Awareness Week ran from January 20-24, 2020.

The worst of the worst

The votes are in and tallied. This year’s Business Owners’ Choice Paperweight Award for the most offensive example of regulatory overreach goes to…

Business Owners’ Choice
Small business hero

We scoured the country for its fiercest red tape warriors. Wielding giant golden scissors, these people and departments cut egregious regulations holding business owners back. They are the winners of our Golden Scissors Awards.

Meet the crusaders

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.

Check out our publications on regulation and red tape

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.