A new report by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce says Canada’s regulatory system is limiting businesses’ ability to grow and create jobs, thanks to an increasing mix of complex, costly and overlapping rules from all levels of government.
The report, Death by 130,000 Cuts: Improving Canada’s Regulatory Competitiveness, calls on governments to modernize their regulatory frameworks and give businesses in Canada room to thrive.
The Calgary Chamber says it supports the report, adding that the City of Calgary has made significant progress with cutting red tape in the last few years.
“We applaud the City of Calgary for prioritizing this workplan over the past years and for saving the City $14.7 million in public funds in five years,” said Sandip Lalli, the local chamber’s president and CEO. “The next steps for the city are to build a culture of change so city workers feel empowered to cut red tape on a daily basis for the benefit of
businesses and the wider community alike.
“We regularly hear from many Calgary businesses of their frustrations with cumbersome, repetitive and overly burdensome government regulations. The recent report from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is evidence, at a national level, of the challenges businesses need to overcome just to exist.”
Respected business writer Mario Toneguzzi is a veteran Calgary-based journalist who worked for 35 years for the Calgary Herald in various capacities, including 12 years as a senior business writer.
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