Province reducing red tape: CFIB

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Newfoundland and Labrador has made “significant strides” in reducing red tape for entrepreneurs, says the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

Representatives from the association met with Nick McGrath, minister responsible for the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission, and Ralph Tucker, chairman of the commission, Tuesday morning.

“The province has made some pretty significant strides in the past year or so with its accountability framework,” said, Louis-Martin Parent, the federation’s senior policy analyst. “From what we see, it’s a pretty multi-faceted program that touches on a lot of the (issues) that we have when it comes to these kinds of things, so political leadership, measurement, reporting.”

Red-tape can be a significant impediment for businesses, especially small ones, said Parent.

“Most people don’t realize this, but red-tape is probably one of the top two or three issues for businesses, especially for the smallest businesses,” he said, “because when you go into business and you’re a mechanic or a florist or something, you’re good at being a mechanic or florist; you’re not good at dealing with CRA necessarily, you’re not an HR person, you’re not a finance person, but you’re supposed to deal with all these various issues. Sometimes it’s the forms that are an issue, but also sometimes it’s the customer service, or not having the requirements written in plain language. There’s a lot of different aspects to red tape.”

The CFIB also discussed high workers’ compensation rates with McGrath and Tucker

“A couple of specific requests that we had were to base premiums on actual payroll, not estimated payroll,” he said.

“Sometimes, as a small business, you don’t know what your payroll is going to be two or three months down the road.”

The federation also asked for a waiting period — the amount of time after an accident that workers’ compensation starts being paid — of two or three days. “That’s common in most insurance systems. The other three Atlantic Provinces have a waiting period, so it’s important for us to consider the costs to the system, and to avoid claims that might not be as necessary as others. We want to make sure the system is sustainable in the long term for everybody involved, so if we implement just a two- or three-day waiting period, I think it would of benefit for everyone.”

For medical emergencies and hospitalizations, benefits would still be paid immediately, said Parent.

Twitter: @TelegramDaniel

Organizations: Canadian Federation of Independent Business.Representatives, Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Atlantic Provinces

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  • Jack
    March 20, 2013 - 06:46

    I'm wondering how Nick McGrath can say that Newfoundland and Labrador has reduced red tape when some parts of the province are difficult to do business? Let's take for example, Corner Brook. In this Western Newfoundland city, Corner Brook City Council has a reputation for being anti-entrepreneurial as they use one excuse after another to reject a person's business idea. For example, when a developer wanted to build a mobile home or trailer park over three years ago in an effort to alleviate the city's housing shortage, their dimwitted City Council rejected it claiming that trailer parks bring violent crime. However, if they did proper research about trailer parks, you'll find that many residents are not criminals like Greeley thinks, but in fact, they are middle class families. In addition, Corner Brook has rejected other business ideas from aspiring entrepreneurs including the modular home plant, teen dance hall, John's Point Subdivision, Costco Wholesale, and now, imposing one delay and bureaucratic abuse after another on a proposed mineral exploration problem near Corner Brook Lake. If Neville Greeley, Leo Bruce, and their anti-entrepreneurial Corner Brook City Council keeps turning away business and aspiring entrepreneurs, this city will pay a deep price for it as a result of potential lost tax revenue and a city not prepared for life after pulp and paper. Corner Brook will pay the price for their anti-entrepreneurial climate, not only lost tax revenue, but the will continue to lose out to emerging towns in Western Newfoundland, particularly business friendly Deer Lake. Therefore, based on the Corner Brook situation, how can Nick McGrath say that red tape is being reduce when we constantly hear on the news that a Western Newfoundland city like Corner Brook are constantly proving to be anti-business? Do your research from now on, Mr. McGrath.

  • darrell
    March 14, 2013 - 16:51 are nothing but a big bluff.....and we're foolish enough to be paying you for being one.

  • Colin
    March 14, 2013 - 15:22

    That hair is glorious!!! Pretty sure he was on a Pert Plus commercial last week.

  • dakota
    March 14, 2013 - 14:28

    oh my .i dont know who want to make me puke more Nick Mcgrath or Kathy Dunderdale.come on Nick spread your BS you are good at that.

  • Jay
    March 14, 2013 - 08:14

    It mustn't be hard to fool the CFIB. It sounds like they've become a marketing agent for this administration. I'd like to hear what the ordinary businesses say, or do they even bother to deal with government anymore.

  • The other team
    March 14, 2013 - 07:49

    LOL yeah Right. Tell enough bs and the pc's will be only one's to believe it.