Manitoba Praised For Reducing Red Tape

Manitoba received the best overall score on the ‘Red Tape Report Card’ from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB). It ranks first based in its high marks on accountability and reducing interprovincial trade barriers. Alberta stands out as most improved moving from an ‘F’ grade a few years ago to joining the ‘A’ club this year. Some provinces, like Ontario and Quebec, get good grades for being accountable, but still have relatively high regulatory burdens. New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador have the most room for improvement in all areas of the report card. "The bar for good grades on our report card is going up. A decade ago, there was virtually no regulatory measurement or accountability. This has improved and now the real work begins. Governments need to reduce red tape in order to give people back time, reduce frustration, and allow business owners to focus on keeping their businesses afloat. Given our battered economy, this is more important now than ever," says Laura Jones, executive vice-president at CFIB.