Ottawa, May 31, 2018—Canada’s regulatory system is smothering business in Canada, thanks to a growing mix of complex, costly and overlapping rules from all levels of government. A new report by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and supported by the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce, 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.
“Inconsistent and unpredictable rules and processes are making it difficult for businesses—whether large or small—to keep up and comply. This leads to our businesses being less competitive and Canada becoming a less attractive place to invest, start or grow a business,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “Regulations are designed to keep us safe and to create a level playing field. But when they start to smother businesses, that becomes a real problem.”
As the U.S., our largest competitor and trading partner, has recently implemented significant corporate tax and regulatory reforms, Canada cannot afford to fall further behind. Today’s report identifies opportunities to increase public and investor confidence in Canada’s regulatory systems and provides clear recommendations to government on how it should be done.
“Canada’s regulatory dysfunction is evidenced by weakening foreign investment and a decreasing regulatory competitiveness ranking relative to its peers.” Said Suzanne Andrews, General Manager at the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce. “Despite ranking 14th out of 137 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index, in the sub-ranking of ‘burden of government regulation’ Canada ranks 38. This is well behind economies such as Germany (7) and the U.S. (12), China (18) and India (20).”
The report is available online at www.regulatesmarter.ca.
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Guillaum W. Dubreuil
Senior Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations
Canadian Chamber of Commerce