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Golden Scissors Awards: Celebrating Canada’s Red Tape Warriors

The prestigious Golden Scissors Award recognizes politicians, public servants, or other Canadians who have shown leadership in cutting red tape, producing meaningful and positive results for small businesses like yours. 

The ultimate prize of the Golden Scissors is bestowed on only a small handful of people and organizations, out of many distinguished nominees from across the country. 

This year’s finalists include:

  • The Canada Revenue Agency, for its Liaison Officer Service, which provides a free, in-person visit by a tax expert to small businesses who need help navigating their taxes
  • WorkplaceNL, for improving its customer service by moving its payment system online and expanding the digital services it offers to small business owners
  • Joanne Munro, Chief Executive Officer of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services, for moving the business registration process online, saving small businesses not only precious time but a cumulative $10 million annually through reduced fees
  • Quebec’s Minister of Public Security Geneviève Guilbault, for eliminating its redundant permit requirements for bowling alleys and amusement equipment in response to receiving a Paperweight “award” in 2019 for being one of the worst regulations in the country
  • Ontario Deputy Minister, Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Giles Gherson and the Business Relief Unit, which investigates red tape issues submitted to its Cutting Red Tape web portal and works directly with lawmakers to address them
  • Ontario Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Prabmeet Sarkaria, for eliminating the requirement for barbers and hairdressers to collect clients’ personal information before picking up their scissors
  • The Government of Manitoba and Premier Brian Pallister, for their major overhaul of government systems, increasing accountability and transparency for citizens and breaking down silos between government departments
  • Saskatchewan Minister of Trade and Export Development Jeremy Harrison, for creating a “Help Cut Red Tape” Web Portal that lets business owners fast-track their red tape concerns
  • Alberta’s Associate Minister of Red Tape Reduction Grant Hunter, who directs the province’s list of red tape initiatives and invites its citizens and businesses to submit their red tape headaches to the Cut Red Tape website so they can be reviewed and addressed
  • British Columbia’s Ministry of Health, for creating a new online application system to enroll for provincial medical coverage that takes only 15 minutes to complete, streamlining citizens’ access to health care

Meet all the finalists. We’ll announce the winners on January 23.

Source: CFIB

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