CFIB Wants Regulatory Burden Reduced


    The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) wants the Ontario government to address the regulatory burden on small business. “Government red tape costs Ontario businesses a staggering $11 billion a year,” says Satinder Chera, Ontario vice-president, CFIB. It will meet with senior representatives from the government where CFIB will identify five priorities that would remove barriers to small business growth. They include reducing the paper-burden imposed by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB); undertaking a regular review of all new and existing regulations on businesses; and improving customer service with online tools to enable businesses to provide feedback and obtain answers to existing regulations. The province will be given 60 days to address those priorities or explain why they cannot be addressed and recommend alternative solutions. The outreach follows Premier Dalton McGuinty’s 2011 election commitment to CFIB members to reduce the red tape burden they face.