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Canada: B.C. - Only Province to Receive 'A' Grade for Cutting Red Tape
Source: newsroom.gov.bc.ca
Source Date: Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Citizen Engagement
Country: Canada
Created: Feb 11, 2014

VANCOUVER - The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has released its annual report card grading provinces on their efforts to cut red tape, and British Columbia is the only province to be given an 'A' rating - for the third year in a row.

Today the B.C. government also is announcing five priority projects to further cut red tape this year. Red tape is not always the result of regulations, and can often include overly complex forms or technical information that is difficult to understand. After working with CFIB and consulting with small businesses, five projects have been identified to further reduce red tape in British Columbia:

- Procurement for Small Business: a simplified two-page form for request for proposals to make it easier for small businesses to do business with government on opportunities less than $250,000.
- "How to Start a Restaurant in B.C.": develop an online roadmap that clearly explains to entrepreneurs how to start up and operate a restaurant in B.C. This project will also involve research to find ways to reduce the time a restaurant spends interacting with government.
- Regulatory Reform Refresh: a commitment to develop a plan to refresh the way government is tackling regulatory reform to ensure B.C. remains a national and global leader in minimizing regulatory burden and cutting red tape.
- Citizen Centred Web Services: a commitment to deliver information and programs in a way that is open and transparent, allowing citizens to engage in making informed decisions and ensuring first-rate access to services.
- WorkSafeBC Strategy: A WorkSafeBC-led project to simplify registration documents and make improvements to their website to reduce complexity and clarify requirements for small businesses.

B.C. leads the country in cutting red tape, as it is the first province to enshrine in law the requirement to publish annual reports about progress made on regulatory reform. Since 2001, government has reduced regulatory requirements by over 42 per cent.

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