Does your province make the grade?

TORONTO, Jan. 11 /CNW/ - As part of the country's second annual Red Tape Awareness Week, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) today issued a Provincial Report Card reviewing regulatory reforms made by Canada's federal and provincial governments.

"Lots of politicians over the years have committed to reduce regulation, very few have taken meaningful action that can be easily evaluated—that's what we are assessing," explained, Laura Jones, VP Western Canada and project lead. 

The grades show that all provinces have room to improve. British Columbia gets the highest grade of B+. Its government has shown leadership by measuring, setting reduction targets and reporting publicly for almost a decade.

Nova Scotia has reduced the amount of time entrepreneurs spend on red tape by 123,000 hours a year. It also gets a good grade on the report card. But Manitoba, Alberta and the Territories have done very little to be more accountable and get failing grades.

The following report card is a general assessment of the progress made to-date by governments in Canada on regulatory accountability:

British Columbia   B+
Nova Scotia    B
Newfoundland and Labrador     B
Quebec     C+
Federal government   C+
Saskatchewan    C+
Ontario    C-
New Brunswick   C-
Prince Edward Island   D
Manitoba    F
Alberta    F
Yukon     F
Northwest Territories   F

"What are governments across Canada waiting for? It's critical for the future of entrepreneurship in this country and you couldn't ask for a lower cost economic stimulus," Jones concluded.

For the detailed report card visit: www.cfib-fcei.ca/redtape

As Canada's largest association of small- and medium-sized businesses, CFIB is Powered by Entrepreneurs™. Established in 1971, CFIB takes direction from more than 107,000 members in every sector nationwide, giving independent business a strong and influential voice at all levels of government and helping to grow the economy

SOURCE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS

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For further information or to set up an interview with Laura Jones, contact Adam Miller or Meghan Carrington at (416) 222-8022 or viapublic.affairs@cfib.ca

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