13 January 2011
Delivering on the commitment announced in Budget 2010, the Harper Government has created the Red Tape Reduction Commission with the following mandate:
- To identify irritants to business stemming from federal regulatory requirements. The focus is on irritants that have a clear detrimental effect on growth, competitiveness and innovation.
- To recommend options that address the irritants on a long-term basis, while ensuring that the environment and the health and safety of Canadians are not compromised in the process.
While the initiative is led by the Honourable Stockwell Day, President of the Treasury Board and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway, the Commission is chaired by the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism). Other Commission members include six representatives from the private sector and five parliamentarians:
- Hon. Rob Moore, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism), Chair
- Catherine Swift, Canadian Federation of Independent Business
- Gord Peters, Cando Contracting, Ltd.
- Stirling MacLean, WearWell Garments Ltd.
- Bernard Bélanger, Premier Tech
- William Aho, Central Mechanical Systems, Ltd.
- Denis Prud'homme, former owner of Prud'homme Trucking
- Dean Allison, Member of Parliament (Niagara West-Glanbrook)
- Lois Brown, Member of Parliament (Newmarket-Aurora)
- Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament (Peace River)
- Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament (Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo)
- Maxime Bernier, Member of Parliament (Beauce)
The Commission will consult Canadian businesses and individuals through an online consultation process at www.reduceredtape.gc.ca, which will be open until March 31, 2011, and by hosting a series of roundtables across Canada. The dates, times and locations of the roundtables will be made public shortly.
The Commission will build on past and ongoing Government initiatives to reduce the burden of complying with regulatory requirements on business in Canada. It takes a client-centered approach to reducing red tape.