The Province of Saskatchewan has received an ‘A-‘ grade from the CFIB red tape report card.
The report card looks at the provincial, territorial and federal governments across Canada and their ability to clear unnecessary government regulation, or red tape, for small business in the country.
Vice President Marilyn Braun-Pollon describes the different criteria the CFIB uses to grade the provinces.
“Really what the report card does is grade government on three criteria: is there strong leadership, is there comprehensive measurement and what are they doing to control the growth of regulation and what’s their plan to reduce regulation,” Braun-Pollon says. “On all of those fronts, Saskatchewan has made significant progress.”
Braun-Pollon says there are still ways the provincial government can further improve their grade.
“We believe the regulatory review process should include all regulations, not just those defined as business related, and what we’ve said is if they implemented this, it would likely result in an even stronger grade next year,” Braun-Pollon says. “They’ve got a bit of work to do, but they have seen consistent improvement and a real commitment to red tape reduction.”
Manitoba graded slightly higher than Saskatchewan, receiving an ‘A,’ while Alberta received an ‘F’ for the second straight year.
This is the 9th year the CFIB has conducted their red tape report card, which coincides with Red Tape awareness week.