CFIB celebrates Red Tape Awareness Week
Island business lobby group likes what it sees from PEILCC
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.