Red Tape Awareness Week

January 19-23 is the CFIB’s (Canadian Federation of Independent Business) 6th annual Red Tape Awareness Week.

During the week the CFIB will make several announcements, starting off by announcing the winner of its annual Paperweight Award, citing the most egregious example of government red tape on small businesses. My guess is that CASL will win that.

My personal view is that government does a better job of talking about reducing red tape than actually accomplishing it.


  1. No doubt there are lots of examples for CFIB to use, but it will be interesting to see if this year’s lists resemble previous years’ lists in focusing on measures that require business to absorb the external cost of its operations, treat its employees decently, and contribute to public resources, i.e. environment, labour and tax.