TORONTO, Nov. 12, 2013 /CNW/ - The Canadian Federation of Independent
Business (CFIB) has opened nominations for its third annual Golden
Scissors Award. This award recognizes individuals or teams of people
who have demonstrated leadership and produced real results in cutting
red tape for small businesses.
"When asked to identify the most daunting issues facing their
businesses, small business owners consistently rank red tape number
two, just behind taxes," said CFIB executive vice president Laura
Jones. "The Golden Scissors Award is awarded to a politician, public
servant or other Canadian who has heard the voice of small business
owners and is taking action to reduce the burden of red tape."
Nominations are open until December 2nd and can be made by emailing email@example.com. CFIB is looking for inspiring stories - big or small - about elected
officials or policy makers who are finding unique and innovative ways
to reduce harmful and excessive regulations on small business owners.
The winner and honourable mentions will be announced in January during
CFIB's Red Tape Awareness Week.
Last year's winner was the Hon. Gail Shea, Canada's former Minister of
National Revenue, who was recognized for changing Canada Revenue
Agency's My Business Account into an online system for when businesses are communicating with the
agency, and ensuring that tax advice provided to business owners is
upheld, even when it is found to be incorrect.
"Red tape is not just a hassle for Canada's small businesses," said
Richard Truscott, CFIB's director of provincial affairs for Alberta.
"It impairs our prosperity as Canadians. It hinders growth and
investment, costs jobs and delays our economic growth. The Golden
Scissors Award really recognizes those individuals who are taking it
upon themselves to make a meaningful change for the better."
CFIB is Canada's largest association of small and medium-sized
businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region.
SOURCE: Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)
For further information:
To arrange an interview with Laura Jones or Richard Truscott, please call Gisele Lumsden at 416-222-8022 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.