CFIB Announces Paperweight Award Finalists

Ban on drive-thrus, temporary foreign workers make list of worst red tape hassles

Toronto, January 15, 2015 – In the lead-up to Red Tape Awareness WeekTM (January 19–23), the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) has announced the finalists for its annual Paperweight Award.

The Paperweight Award identifies those in government who are holding businesses back with misguided rules, hard-to-follow processes or bad customer service.  Nominations were received from across the country and across all levels of government.  The winner of the Paperweight Award will be announced on Monday, January 19th.

The Finalists for the 2015 Paperweight Award are:

2015 Paperweight finalists Red tape headache
Bernard Sévigny, Mayor of Sherbrooke Zoning regulation forbids particular types of banners, which limits business’ visibility and impacts marketing capabilities.
Francois Croteau, Mayor of Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie Borough Preventing fast-food restaurants and pharmacies from creating new drive-thrus, which limits new business opportunities.
Greg Dewar, Manitoba Minister of Finance Lack of clear guidance from the Ministry on PST rules now means several businesses owe over $30,000 plus penalties and interest.
Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration Virtually banning small businesses from hiring entry-level workers through heavy restrictions on the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP).
Jean-Pierre Blais, Chairman and CEO, Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) Implementing misguided anti-spam legislation (Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation, or CASL) that unfairly targets businesses (not the actual spammers) – potential to be slammed with ridiculous fines.
Kevin Flynn, Ontario Minister of Labour Making businesses print up-to-date health and safety related information on legal size paper only, which most can’t do in-house – what’s worse, they’re charged $360 for non-compliance.
Luc Ferrandez, Mayor of the Plateau-Mont-Royal Borough Banning PVC (plastic) chairs on restaurant patios to meet the Borough’s ‘esthetic criteria’, costing small businesses hundreds, even thousands, of dollars to upgrade chairs.

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

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