Red Tape Awareness Week puts a spotlight on the confusing rules, paper burden, and bad customer service Canadian small business owners face every day. For our 13th year, Red Tape Awareness Week 2022 will highlight the cost of red tape and difference between Canadian and American businesses, award the Golden Scissors to governments making ground-breaking progress and give out Red Tape Report Card grades to each province.

Regulatory Costs in Canada and the US: A Small Business Perspective

Regulatory Costs in Canada and the United States: A Small Business Perspective, the latest red tape report from CFIB compiled in partnership with the Small Business Roundtable in the U.S. and supported by Intuit Canada. 

Regulatory costs in Canada and the United States

Golden Scissors Awards

The Golden Scissors Award is a prestigious national CFIB award that recognizes individuals or teams who have successfully motivated others to take action or produced meaningful, positive results in cutting red tape.

CFIB's Golden Scissors Award logo

Share Your Story

You’ve told us that cutting government red tape is a priority for you and we’ve fought hard at every level to reduce your paper burden. Help us keep up the pressures; share your red tape horror story directly with the government find out how here.

Report Card

How does your province compare? The Red Tape Report Card gives each provincial government a grade based on their commitment to cutting red tape. How does your province compare?


Yellow graphic with the map of Canada and various grades beside it

Learn More About #RedTape

Red Tape Awareness

Red Tape Awareness Week™ 2022 to focus on a competitive Canadian recovery as business owners express a lack of confidence in government commitments to red tape reduction.

US - Canada Report

Canadian red tape costs remain high, American costs now higher. Both countries have an opportunity to spur post-pandemic recovery with regulatory modernization. 

Golden Scissors Awards News Release

94 percent of business owners are looking to their government to reduce red tape and spur economic recovery. The Golden Scissors Award recognizes innovative red tape reduction efforts.  

Red Tape Report Card Grades

Red tape grades are in: governments have improved on accountability, but have a long way to go on reducing the burden.