Nova Scotia gets a D in annual Red Tape Report Card

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Province at the bottom of the country, says business federation

Nova Scotia has received a D in the yearly Red Tape Report Card issued by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

HALIFAX – The province of Nova Scotia has earned a grade of D in reforming the regulatory burden on small business according to the yearly Red Tape Report Card that was issued Tuesday by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business as part of Canada’s fourth annual Red Tape Awareness Week.

Nova Scotia received a grade of D last year, and a B in 2011.

“It’s disappointing that Nova Scotia is once again at the bottom of the pile this year” said Jennifer English, Senior Policy Analyst, Atlantic Canada. “Just two years ago we were a national leader on the red tape file, but since achieving the targets set out under the Better Regulation initiative, government has made no meaningful progress on reducing the red tape burden for Nova Scotia’s SMEs.”

The report card evaluates federal and provincial governments’ progress on regulatory reform. It looks at political leadership, efforts to measure the regulatory burden, long-term thinking, and the overall public policy context. Provincial and Territorial grades run the gamut from the A earned by British Columbia to the D- assessments earned by Prince Edward Island, Manitoba, Northwest Territories and Yukon. The federal government earned a B+.

“Given the stagnant state of Nova Scotia’s economy, the Province would do well to look to regulatory reform as a cost-effective way to stimulate activity,” English said. “By making it easier to comply with the province’s numerous rules and requirements, business owners will have more time and resources to grow their businesses. And that benefits all Nova Scotians.”

Overall, the federal government has shown the most improvement of any jurisdiction. The government of Ontario has been active on the issue last year, and is the province to watch in 2013.

“Hard-working entrepreneurs consistently tell us that excessive, and unnecessary regulation and paperwork is one of the biggest impediments they face,” said CFIB executive vice president Laura Jones. “The Red Tape Report Card is CFIB’s way of praising political leaders who are making a difference for small business, and pointing out which jurisdictions still have a lot of work to do.”

To read the full Red Tape Report Card, please visit

Organizations: Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada, British Columbia Prince Edward Island Manitoba Northwest Territories Yukon Ontario

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  • Tim Rhude
    January 23, 2013 - 00:25

    If any of you clowns think that the tides can be turn for the poor economic situation quickly after decades of PC and Liberal goverments excessive finicial abuse by the NDP in three years you need to put the crack pipe down and give your head a shake. The only way we are going to get through this nightmare that previous governments have made is with stead hand, massive restructuring of governrment, complete program review and cuts to bring us to a substanable level. This is going to mean sacrifaces on everyones behalf - do you have the stomuch for it? Rather then running your mouth about how bad someone is doing why don't you get involved and help! You would not believe the level of resistance that this government is experiencing everytime they try to make a positive difference.

  • Johnny smoke
    January 22, 2013 - 18:23

    Just wondering is the decrease in the public service at the federal level and the increase in the public service at the provincial level have anything to do with it. Well to answer my own question, it has everything to do with it. You see red tape and pencil pushers are synonymous they are like fish and chips, peas in a pod, and they are expensive very expensive. But what the heck? The provincial government of socialist should be comfy to know that they are not only cow towing to their public service unions. They are setting the stage for their ouster in the next election. I wonder then who will it be to cut through the red tape? First two choices excluded.

  • Fuzzy Bear
    January 22, 2013 - 13:59

    Not surprised.....I'm voting with NOVOTINGNDP!! You gentlemen and ladies in power had your chance and boy did you blow it biow time!

  • Dirk Diggler
    January 22, 2013 - 12:48

    Hmmm, a D this year, a D last year and a B in 2011. D as in n_D_p , I see a trend here...

  • NotVotingNDP
    January 22, 2013 - 10:05

    Perhaps it is time to throw the party in power out of the classroom when they finally have the guts to call an election.