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Sur­rey Board of Trade Calls for Red Tape Re­duc­tion to Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment

- Surrey · U.S. government · Government of Canada

The Sur­rey Board of Trade pro­vided a sub­mis­sion to the Gov­ern­ment of Canada in its con­sul­ta­tion on how red tape and reg­u­la­tory bur­dens im­pact busi­nesses.

The sum­mary of the Sur­rey Board of Trade’s sub­mis­sion in­cludes:

• Wher­ever pos­si­ble, it is im­por­tant for the gov­ern­ment to elim­i­nate du­pli­ca­tion, over­lap, in­con­sis­ten­cies, and con­tra­dic­tory rules across agen­cies and lev­els of gov­ern­ment. Seek­ing ways to min­i­mize the num­ber of steps, de­crease pro­cess­ing times, or make things more user friendly with the goal of cut­ting the time and cost of com­pli­ance and ad­min­is­tra­tion for busi­nesses are ob­vi­ous con­sid­er­a­tions.

• Po­lit­i­cal lead­er­ship is needed. If politi­cians are not fully on board, the re­form will not hap­pen or last.

• The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment must es­tab­lish a pub­licly avail­able base­line for mea­sur­ing the num­ber of reg­u­la­tory re­quire­ments and their es­ti­mated costs, along with reg­u­larly re­port­ing to the pub­lic on changes to the num­ber and costs of provin­cial reg­u­la­tions.

• Place con­straints (i.e. reg­u­la­tory caps) on reg­u­la­tors and giv­ing them the ap­pro­pri­ate in­cen­tives to man­age and min­i­mize the reg­u­la­tory bur­den.

• Adopt a reg­u­la­tory bud­get­ing model. A reg­u­la­tory bud­get es­sen­tially re­quires that any new reg­u­la­tions need to be off­set by re­form­ing or elim­i­nat­ing ex­ist­ing reg­u­la­tions of an equiv­a­lent eco­nomic cost – us­ing a stan­dard­ized cost­ing model to mea­sure the eco­nomic costs of reg­u­la­tions across the gov­ern­ment.

“The Sur­rey Board of Trade ad­vo­cates for the re­duc­tion of red tape. Our mem­bers have pro­vided in­for­ma­tion on how red tape neg­a­tively im­pacts their abil­ity to in­no­vate, com­pete, and grow by com­plet­ing the an­nual Sur­rey Red Tape Sur­vey,” said Anita Hu­ber­man, CEO, Sur­rey Board of Trade.

“We are pleased that the Gov­ern­ment of Canada is seek­ing stake­holder in­put on reg­u­la­tory bur­dens, but en­gage­ment should oc­cur through­out the en­tire process of re­view­ing and im­ple­ment­ing reg­u­la­tions.”

Red tape may in­clude poorly de­signed laws, reg­u­la­tions, and poli­cies; out­dated rules that may have been jus­ti­fied at one time but are no longer; and rules in­ten­tion­ally de­signed to bur­den some busi­nesses while favour­ing oth­ers.

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