OTTAWA, Jan. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The Federal Red Tape Reduction Commission
released its final report today during the Canadian Federation of
Independent Business' (CFIB's) third annual Red Tape Awareness Week™. The report includes a recommendation to task the Auditor General of
Canada with reviewing and reporting on the Government's progress in
reducing red tape.
"Adding red tape oversight to the mandate of the Auditor General is a
really innovative idea. If the federal government moves on this it will
show it is very, very serious about eliminating dumb and ineffective
rules and improving government customer service," said Catherine Swift,
CFIB president and member of the Federal Red Tape Reduction Commission.
The Commission's report includes a wide range of other recommendations
to reduce and control red tape including: implementing "one-for-one"
legislation that eliminates one existing regulation and its associated
costs for every new regulation introduced; requiring government
departments to improve customer service; reviewing government
publications to make sure they are using plain language; reporting
regulatory requirements; and making part of senior public servants'
bonuses conditional on successfully implementing the "one-for-one"
"These recommendations are common sense—they will save Canada's job
creators time and money, while not costing taxpayers. It's the ultimate
stimulus package," said Laura Jones, CFIB senior vice-president,
Research and Economics. CFIB estimates that regulation costs Canadian
businesses over $30 billion a year, with about 25 per cent of that cost
($7.5 billion) being unnecessary red tape.
The Commission was announced by Prime Minister Harper on January 14,
2011, during CFIB's second annual Red Tape Awareness Week™, where he called red tape "a silent killer of jobs." The mandate of the
Commission is to identify red tape irritants and recommend long-term
solutions to control red tape.
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CFIB's Catherine Swift and Laura Jones will be available for commentary
in Ottawa immediately following a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen
Harper. To arrange an interview, contact Linnet Forand at 613 235-2373
or Gisele Lumsden at 416 222-8022 or email email@example.com
Red Tape Awareness Week™, conducted annually, is trade-marked by the
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 108,000 members in every sector nationwide,
giving independent business a strong and influential voice at all
levels of government and helping to grow the economy.
CFIB member feedback on Red Tape
consultations and recommendations
In over a dozen consultations by the Red Tape Reduction Commission
across Canada, CFIB members provided hundreds of comments and examples
that showed the burden red tape can pose for small businesses. These
meetings clearly made an impact, as today's recommendations show.
Entrepreneurs celebrate any government action that leads to a noticeable
improvement in their day-to-day operations, and these recommendations
should prove to be significantly helpful. CFIB contacted some of the
small businesses that attended last year's consultations, and asked
them for comment. Here is a selection of what they said on the
Commission's work, and how a reduction in red tape would help them:
"Reducing government paperwork will allow for a reallocation of
resources for entrepreneurs, which are already in high demand, by
reducing resources required to manage rules and regulations (personnel
hours for the entrepreneur, administrative employees, consultants,
etc.) and by increasing available resources to invest in the business's
core activities (new product or market development, improving
RSM Richter Chamberland, CFIB Accounting and Consulting Member, QC
"While rules and regulations are necessary, decision-makers need to
review their necessity periodically, and consult with those affected by
them. When a rule or regulation generates adverse consequences, it
requires reformulation, or those who apply it need to be given enough
flexibility to avoid said consequences. Delays of imported, legitimate
merchandise at the border badly need to be reduced. Late delivery has
adverse effects on businesses and their customers, particularly in
isolated communities where travel time is already a major factor."
Designs by Nhung, CFIB Clothing Retail member, NS
"Until the government knows what our issues are, they won't be able to
do anything about it. This was a great forum for the government to hear
from us, and listen to our issues. When I attended the Commission
meeting, I was awestruck at some of the problems red tape can be for
many of my fellow small businesses."
Can-West Agencies Ltd., CFIB health services member, SK
""I appreciated the opportunity to attend the consultations. They helped
to clarify my understanding of things. Ultimately, anything that
government can do to reduce red tape for small business would be of
benefit to everyone. I firmly believe that this would help all small
businesses, not just agriculture."
CFIB Agriculture member, NB
""The consultations were a cross-section of the business community and
allowed us to express our views on how much time is spent on government
red tape. The commission was receptive to the comments. The less time
spent on government regulation, the better, because it gives us more
time to spend on our customers."
CFIB Wholesale member, AB
SOURCE CANADIAN FEDERATION OF INDEPENDENT BUSINESS
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To arrange an interview, contact Linnet Forand at 613 235-2373 or Gisele Lumsden at 416 222-8022 or email firstname.lastname@example.org