The Canadian Federation of Independent Business issued its annual business report and the findings are not good.
The report was issued on January 23rd and reveals that the Northwest Territories Government received five F’s and one D-minus.
According to the report, although cutting red tape was a priority for business owners, it was not a concern for the government.
Director of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, Amber Ruddy, says business owners spend too much time trying to go through
What we are often hearing from business owners that it’s death by a thousand paper cuts. It’s not just one rule they can point to but the silly rules in combination. We found that the average business owner spend 178 hours per year complying with government rules.
Ruddy says the Government of the Northwest Territories is not making the changes they need to help business owners.
The problem we are having with the government of the Northwest Territories is that they’re not taking the regulatory challenges business owner space seriously. And they are not taking any action to try to reduce the burden.
According to a media source, a Spokesperson for the Department of Finance claims the report has no methodological merit and is “part of a lobbying effort.”
The Spokesperson also noted that cutting red tape is part of the 18th Legislative Assembly, which the government must adhere to.
In terms of the city of Yellowknife, Mayor Mark Heyck could not speak on the overall Northwest Territories, but says that several efforts have made to help simplify red tape for business owners in the Yellowknife.
We have simplified our building permit processes by rolling out online tools, where people who want to build or get develop permits can go through those processes with an online platform.
Currently, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business has created several measures to help the Government of the Northwest Territories make changes to how they interact with business.