Red Tape Awareness Week Brings Action from Key Ministers
OTTAWA, Jan. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - Today, the Canadian Health Food Association (CHFA) is applauding the federal government and the president of the
Treasury Board, the Hon. Tony Clement for announcing new measures to
reduce the red tape burden on small businesses. The Canadian Federation
of Independent Business (CFIB) launched their annual "Red Tape
Awareness Week" on Monday as a means to remind politicians and
Canadians of the unnecessary burden and high cost of the red tape
currently surrounding small businesses.
CHFA has been working with the Red Tape Reduction Commission since its
introduction and applauds CFIB's efforts and the government's
commitment to small businesses. A number of Natural Health Product
(NHP) related recommendations were introduced in the Red Tape Reduction
Commission's report last fall and CHFA looks forward to working with
Health Canada officials moving forward to ensure the implementation of
The Harper Government announcement included plans to reduce the
corporate reporting burden for businesses with revenues between $10 and
$200 million and improvements to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
business enquiries phone service.
"Cutting red tape and modernizing the regulatory system promotes
Canadian innovation and economic growth," said CHFA President Helen
Sherrard. "CHFA supports the direction the government is taking and
wanted to use the occasion of Red Tape Awareness Week to acknowledge
their success thus far."
CHFA recognizes the government and thanks them for continuing to make
positive progress on their promise to reduce red tape detailed in their
Red Tape Reduction Action Plan. The association is working with the
federal government on creating more efficient and sensible rules to
guarantee consumer access to safe and effective NHPs.
"With seven in ten Canadians using NHPs, we want to ensure NHPs are
subject to reasonable guidelines," added Sherrard. "We look forward to
continuing to work with the Red Tape Reduction Commission and Health
Canada officials as we move into 2013."
The Canadian Health Food Association is Canada's largest trade
association dedicated to natural health and organic products. Our
members include manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, distributors,
and importers of natural and organic products. These can include foods,
vitamin and mineral supplements, herbal products, homeopathics, sports
nutrition products, health and beauty aids and more.
SOURCE: Canadian Health Food Association
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