The 2012–2013 Scorecard Report: Implementing the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan
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Message from the President of the Treasury Board
I am pleased to present the first annual Scorecard Report on progress made in implementing the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan.
Canada is internationally recognized as one of the best places in the world to do business. With a strong fiscal foundation, declining tax rates and a robust regulatory system, Canada has become a global leader by finding smarter ways to encourage investment and foster economic growth. However, in the current climate of economic uncertainty and intense global competition, this is not the time to rest on our record of success.
In January 2011, Prime Minister Stephen Harper launched the Red Tape Reduction Commission. The Commission was asked to identify irritants to business stemming from federal regulatory requirements and provide recommendations on how to reduce the regulatory burden. On October 1, 2012, the Government released the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan as a response to the Commission’s recommendations.
The Action Plan outlines an ambitious regulatory reform agenda that aims to reduce regulatory burden on Canadians and businesses, make it easier to do business with regulators, and improve service and predictability in the federal regulatory system. In doing so, the Action Plan commits to a comprehensive package of fundamental, systemic regulatory reforms that are being implemented under the oversight of the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.
The Annual Scorecard Report is part of the Government’s commitment to a transparent and accountable Action Plan implementation. This first edition provides a results-focused account of the progress made in implementing the systemic reforms in the 2012–2013 Fiscal Year. Overall, it shows that these reforms are off to a very promising start and have the potential to significantly benefit individuals and businesses all across the country.
I would like to thank the members of the Regulatory Advisory Committee who have reviewed this Scorecard Report. Their input has been very helpful in our efforts to ensure that the report fairly represents the Government’s progress in implementing the systemic reforms in 2012–2013. Their volunteering of their time and expertise is a testament to their exemplary commitment to public service and dedication to building a better country.
Business is the foundation of Canada’s economic strength. Removing unnecessary regulatory barriers and administrative burden allows businesses to focus their time and energy on creating jobs and seizing new opportunities for growth. Over the coming years, we will build on the successes already achieved and deliver the quality of services that Canadians and businesses expect and deserve from their Government.
(original signed by)
The Honourable Tony Clement
President of the Treasury Board
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