Canadian Farmers Burnt Out by Government Red Tape


86% feel added stress – highest among business owners nation-wide

Toronto – Farmers are burnt out by excessive government regulations, confusing forms and bad customer service.  These and other findings were released today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), which also found that one-third of agri-business owners would not advise their children to start a business given the burden of government red tape.

The findings are part of a larger report, released today, on the impact of government regulation on Canadian businesses.  Farmers continue to be among the hardest hit businesses in Canada, with 63 per cent saying their business has been impacted by delays caused from red tape, compared to 56 per cent of small business owners generally.

“Red tape hits home the closest for farmers,” said Marilyn Braun-Pollon, CFIB’s vice-president for Agri-business.  “A farmer doesn’t have time to sit on the phone waiting for government to answer questions or fill out piles of confusing paperwork in the middle of calving.  To add insult to injury, farmers feel the red tape burden is getting worse.”

What red tape does to Canadian agri-business owners:

Here are key findings from the report on the impact of red tape on agri-businesses:

·  adds significant stress – 86%

·  takes time away from friends and family – 72%

·  significantly reduces productivity in their business – 64%

·  discourages business growth – 63%

·  would not advise their children to start a business, given the red tape burden – 35%

“Canada has a proud farming tradition, and red tape shouldn’t be allowed to hold back the next generation from wanting to take over,” added Senior Policy Analyst, Mandy D’Autremont.  “While governments are great at celebrating agriculture, which is important, what farmers really want is for governments to set them free from excessive red tape.”

CFIB Feature Image logoFor more details, see CFIB’s Agri-business Red Tape Backgrounder, January 2015.

CFIB is Canada’s largest association of small and medium-sized businesses with 109,000 members across every sector and region, including 7,200 agri-business members.