P.E.I. earns C-minus in annual red tape report card
Prince Edward Island has made improvements in reducing red tape, which has earned the province an improved grade in an annual red tape report card.
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has handed the P.E.I. government an overall grade of C-minus this year, which marks some improvement over last year’s grade of D-plus.
“It has been very encouraging to see Prince Edward Island working to reduce red tape through initiatives like Project ART,” said Erin McGrath-Gaudet, CFIB’s director for P.E.I. “To add to that, there are some really exciting and comprehensive initiatives on the horizon in this province.”
The Premiers’ Charter of Principles for Regulation was announced by the three Maritime premiers in November, which outlines best practices and a common approach to regulation across the region.
In addition, the three premiers announced they would adopt common legislation and measurement of the regulatory burden in their provinces.
Nova Scotia has already passed this legislation and a similar bill is expected in the P.E.I. legislature this spring.
“Stepping on the scale to measure the total regulatory burden brings a whole new level of accountability for government,” said McGrath-Gaudet.
“With the promise of legislation and measurement this spring, in conjunction with our neighbouring Maritime provinces, I fully suspect that the P.E.I. government will join the top of the pack in next year’s report card.”
The CFIB’s national red tape report card grades provinces and territories on their commitment to red tape accountability. This year’s edition looks at measurement, public reporting and political leadership. P.E.I. placed sixth in the country. B.C. came out on top with an A grade.