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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 will be held from January 20-24, 2020.

The worst of the worst

We want your horror stories. The 2020 Paperweight Awards will be given out to the most egregious stories of regulatory overreach. Previous ‘winners’ include a fees for a children’s lemonade stand and a ban on cutting hair.  

Nominate an awful regulation today
Celebrating red-tape warriors

We’re looking for a true champion of small business! The 2020 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 2020

How does your province compare?

If you think you’ve got it worse than others, here’s your chance to find out. The Red Tape Report Card gives each provincial and territorial government a grade based on their progress in cutting the red tape.

The 2019 red tape challenge

We’ve challenged the feds and the provinces – now it’s the municipalities’ turn. Here’s how they can cut red tape and ease the burden on you.

The true cost of red tape

The fewer employees you have, the more you pay: that’s the sad reality of how much red tape small businesses have to put up with.

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.