REGINA, Jan. 20, 2012 /CNW/ - Farmers in Canada are hit the hardest by
government regulations and paperwork, according to research released
today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).
On the final day of Red Tape Awareness Week™, a CFIB survey shows that 23 per cent of farmers say that if they had
known about the burden of regulations, they may not have gone into
"Which prompts two questions," says Virginia Labbie, CFIB's senior
policy analyst for Agri-business. "What would happen to food prices if
nearly a quarter of farms in Canada disappeared? And, how many
businesses never start because of the regulatory burden?"
Farmers list an alphabet soup of regulations and agencies they have to
deal with, including:
Land use restrictions and by-laws
Traceability and age verification requirements
Canadian Food Inspection Agency
Canada Border Services Agency (i.e. border and trade rules)
Pest Management Regulatory Agency
"When nearly 40 per cent of farmers are planning to retire in the next
ten years, flooding the sector with red tape will only make it harder
to find buyers to keep those businesses going," says Labbie.
Farmers want all levels of government to place a higher priority on
cutting red tape (72 per cent), than on any other measure (including
tax relief at 68 per cent) to help them compete and remain in business.
This should come as no surprise to policy makers. When asked how the
burden had changed during a three year period, 67 per cent of farmers
reported an increase in regulatory requirements, more than any other
type of small business in Canada.
"With governments in the midst of finalizing a plan to support the
future of agriculture in Canada, taking immediate action to reduce the
regulatory burden will allow farmers to continue to provide consumers
with high-quality, homegrown food," says Labbie.
What does 'Red Tape' mean to you? Check out CFIB's video on what it
looks like to one agri-business owner in Moose Jaw, SK: http://youtu.be/2Q6eHRmPZks
Red Tape Awareness Week™, conducted annually, is trade-marked by the
CFIB is the business voice for agriculture, representing 7,200
independently owned and operated agri-businesses in Canada, the
majority of which are primary producers.
SOURCE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
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