CFIB celebrates Red Tape Aware­ness Week

Is­land busi­ness lobby group likes what it sees from PEILCC

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As the Cana­dian Fed­er­a­tion of In­de­pen­dent Busi­ness (CFIB) launched its ninth an­nual Red Tape Aware­ness Week (Jan. 22-26), on­go­ing ef­forts by the P.E.I. gov­ern­ment are be­ing ap­plauded for their fo­cus on re­duc­ing red tape for lo­cal busi­nesses.

“It’s rarely the case that one par­tic­u­lar reg­u­la­tion is ‘bad’ while oth­ers are ‘good’ but rather the chal­lenges small busi­ness own­ers ex­pe­ri­ence from the cu­mu­la­tive bur­den of pa­per­work, nav­i­gat­ing dif­fer­ent lev­els of gov­ern­ment, un­der­stand­ing bu­reau­cratic lan­guage, and so on,” said Erin McGrath-Gaudet, CFIB’s di­rec­tor for P.E.I.

She said that the or­ga­ni­za­tion is en­cour­aged to see gov­ern­ment ini­tia­tives that aim to re­duce red tape. McGrathGaudet noted P.E.I.’s Project ART (Ad­dress­ing Red Tape) and re­gional ini­tia­tives that be­ing led through the Joint Of­fice of Reg­u­la­tory and Ser­vice Ef­fec­tive­ness.

“Our gov­ern­ment is com­mit­ted to re­duc­ing reg­u­la­tions that ham­per the ef­forts of Is­lan­ders to do busi­ness or par­tic­i­pate fully in so­ci­ety,” said Chris Palmer, min­is­ter of Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment and Tourism and MLA for Sum­mer­side-Wil­mot. “Since Project ART be­gan, we’ve re­duced bur­dens for small and medium-sized busi­nesses in­clud­ing farm­ers, tourism oper­a­tors, and food ser­vice es­tab­lish­ments, and we are train­ing staff to make their work­places more ef­fi­cient.” As part of cel­e­brat­ing Red Tape Aware­ness Week, CFIB handed out Golden Scis­sors Awards to high­light and cel­e­brate gov­ern­ment red tape re­duc­tion ini­tia­tives that make mean­ing­ful im­prove­ments for small busi­nesses.

The P.E.I. Liquor Con­trol Com­mis­sion was rec­og­nized as a fi­nal­ist in this year’s awards for chang­ing their liquor li­cence ap­proval process to al­low li­censes to be pro­cessed much faster.

“The Liquor Con­trol Com­mis­sion has worked dili­gently to stream­line its li­cens­ing process for the ben­e­fit of ap­pli­cants,” said Health MacDon­ald, min­is­ter re­spon­si­ble for the com­mis­sion.

“There’s of­ten a per­cep­tion that the only way gov­ern­ment can help busi­nesses is through ex­pen­sive pro­grams,” said McGrath-Gaudet. “The process change made by the P.E.I. Liquor Con­trol Com­mis­sion is a great il­lus­tra­tion of the fact that some­times rel­a­tively sim­ple changes can go a long way to make things eas­ier and faster for busi­nesses.”

To learn more, visit CFIB.ca/ red­tape.

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