Highest Grade Ever in Red Tape Reduction Efforts

Published on January 23, 2019

Ontario has received the province’s highest grade ever in an annual report card that evaluates governments across Canada based on their progress in cutting red tape.

MISSISSAUGA — The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) gave Ontario an A- in its 2019 Red Tape Report Card. This was a dramatic increase from the C+ that the previous government received in 2018 — which was tied for Ontario’s lowest grade ever.

"This is incredible news for Ontario," said Rudy Cuzzetto, MPP for Mississauga-Lakeshore. "The jump from the province’s lowest grade to its highest grade ever, in just six months, is a testament to our new government's determination to cut the cost of doing business in Ontario, and make life easier and more affordable for our small and medium sized businesses."

"Over the last 15 years, the number of regulations in Ontario almost doubled, from 200,000 to 385,000. That's an average of over 30 new regulations every single day for 15 years," Cuzzetto explained. "Over the same period, we lost 350,000 manufacturing jobs. We need to create an environment where businesses will want to come and create jobs in Ontario again, and receiving this grade now shows that our government is on the right track."

In addition, Premier Doug Ford has received the CFIB's Golden Scissors Award. Premier Ford is the first Ontario Premier ever to receive this annual award, which recognizes leadership in cutting red tape, and commitment to championing business growth. The CFIB recognized, in particular, the work our Government for the People put into Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018.

Meeting with the Hon. Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade and Jason Schmidt-Shoukri, Deputy City Manager for Planning and Growth Management at the City of Vaughan, at Queen's Park on January 23, 2019, to discuss ways to eliminate red tape in Ontario.

"I am proud that CFIB has recognized that we mean business when it comes to cutting red tape," said Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, who is the lead minister on reducing red tape and regulatory burdens. "Ontario businesses face the highest cost to comply with regulations in any province — about $33,000 per company — and small businesses are being hit the hardest. Lowering the cost of doing business here will make companies more competitive so they can create and keep good jobs right here in Ontario. And we won’t stop until we get the job done."

People across the government are rolling up their sleeves to lighten the regulatory burden on businesses, and Ontario will take this work to the next level this spring. Ministries are already pitching in with ideas for new actions to help meet an aggressive target – reducing regulatory red tape affecting businesses by 25%. From the Premier on down, the government is continuously looking for ways to lower business costs to help create and protect good jobs for the people of Ontario.


Quick Facts

  • CFIB is a non-profit organization representing and advocating for the interests and concerns of more than 110,000 Canadian owners of small and mid-sized businesses.
  • It has published an annual Red Tape Report Card since 2011. CFIB says its goal is to hold the federal, provincial, and territorial governments accountable for one of the biggest headaches for small businesses — excessive regulations.


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MPP Rudy Cuzzetto helps to cut the red tape to celebrate the launch of the newest chapter of the Business Network International Referral Network at the Crooked Cue in Port Credit on the morning of January 23, 2019. Attendees were very interested in the Government for the People's plans to reduce red tape to ensure Ontario is Open for Business again.