Most common regulatory headaches cost at least $10 billion per year
TORONTO, Jan. 27, 2014 /CNW/ - As the Canadian Federation of Independent
Business (CFIB) launches its fifth annual Red Tape Awareness Week™, a new report links red tape to added stress and estimates the cost of
some of the most common regulatory headaches for Canadians to be at
least $10 billion per year or $730 for the average Canadian household.
This includes fees and time spent to comply with personal income tax
obligations ($6.7 billion, excluding actual taxes paid); fees
associated with applying for and renewing passports ($645 million); and
fees associated with applying for and renewing driver's licenses and
vehicle registrations ($1.7 billion). Excluding personal income taxes,
the value of time spent complying with these and other regulatory
obligations is nearly $1.1 billion annually.
"These numbers barely scratch the surface," said CFIB's executive vice
president Laura Jones. "If you are renovating your home, applying for a
student loan, or even if you're going fishing, there are costs and
CFIB has previously pegged the direct cost of regulation on Canadian
businesses at $31 billion per year. The new data on cost to individuals
begins to provide a fuller picture of the total cost of regulation for
all Canadians. And this cost goes beyond just money.
In a national public opinion poll conducted by Vision Critical for the
CFIB, 45 per cent of respondents said that excessive regulation adds
significant stress to their lives. In previous CFIB surveys, the
percentage of small business owners who said that red tape added stress
was even higher.
"Keep in mind, small business owners are doubly affected by red tape,
because they deal with it as individuals, and as entrepreneurs," added
Jones. "If you think filing your taxes and renewing your driver's
license is a pain, it's just a small taste of what small businesses
deal with on a daily basis."
To read the full report, Impact of Regulation on Canadian Individuals, please visit www.cfib.ca.
Canadians are encouraged to show their support for CFIB's Red Tape Revolution by signing the on-line petition (www.cfib.ca/rtaw) that will be delivered to governments.
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
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