Bernier seeks ways to cut back red tape

La paperasserie — un mot qui fait naître la peur et la frustration chez les propriétaires des petites entreprises. Le nombre d’exigences et de règlements auxquels ceux-ci doivent se soumettre est intimidant. Pour couronner le tout, le « service à la clientèle » du gouvernement, qui a pour mission d'aider les propriétaires d'entreprise à se conformer, laisse beaucoup à désirer. Par exemple, l'utilisation d'un jargon bureaucratique, les réponses contradictoires et les longs délais de traitement lors des approbations ne sont que trop fréquents. Faut-il s'étonner que de nombreux propriétaires de PME voient en la conformité réglementaire un véritable cauchemar bureaucratique?

Les propriétaires de PME au Canada ne sont que trop conscients du coût de la réglementation. En effet, les entreprises canadiennes, toutes tailles confondues, dépensent 30,5 milliards de dollars par an pour se conformer aux obligations de tous les niveaux de gouvernement.

Les propriétaires de PME – dont la grande majorité comptent moins de cinq employés.

Ces derniers doivent en effet affronter des montagnes de paperasse et se conformer à une multitude de règles – TPS, TVP, charges sociales, relevés d’emploi, enquêtes de Statistique Canada, enregistrement des entreprises, indemnisation des accidentés de travail, normes d’emploi, protection des consommateurs, octrois de licence, règles de confidentialité, règlements administratifs concernant la signalisation et règles propres à chaque secteur – pour ne nommer que quelques-unes des sources de réglementation les plus communes.

Source : Paperasserie: le gouvernement méprise les entrepreneurs


Extrait de: Bernier seeks ways to cut back red tape, Jameson Berkow, Financial Post, Sep 6, 2011

TORONTO — With hopes of freeing Canadian entrepreneurs from beneath a mountain of government-mandated paperwork, Ottawa released a report Tuesday intended to ease the regulatory burden it imposes on small businesses.

What was heard

The “What Was Heard” report from the federal Red Tape Reduction Commission was the result of 15 roundtable discussions held in 13 cities across Canada since January. At a downtown Toronto conference centre, Commission members and business leaders discussed some of the more than 2,000 regulatory irritants identified during the consultation process.

Maxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism and chair of the Commission, told reporters the goal of the event was to identify ways to end those irritants.

 “If you read this report, you will be able to see the passion from entrepreneurs about the solutions to red tape but also their frustrations from red tape,” Mr. Bernier said.

“They have two or 10 or perhaps 15 employees, but they have to respect all the regulations from each government: The provincial one, the federal one, the municipal one,” he said. “And for us at the federal level, we want to do our part to reduce that.”

The common complaint about the current regulatory regime is its failure to consider the practical realities of operating a small business today. Specifically, many raised the issue of a cumbersome, expensive and unnecessarily complex filing processes as well as a lack of useful resources available to those looking for help with those processes.

“What may also be misunderstood,” reads a section of the report, “is the scale of the problem.”

Today, there are about 13,000 federal government employees applying regulations across 14 industrial sectors. While only about a dozen departments are responsible for the majority of regulatory enforcement, there are more than 70 departments with some degree of regulatory authority.

In 2008, the cost of compliance with 12 of the most common federal, provincial and municipal regulations in just five sectors exceeded $1-billion annually, with small businesses generating more than 17 million regulatory submissions that year, according to the most recent Statistics Canada information.

Catherine Swift, chief executive of the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses who also sits on the red tape commission, said the solution could take many forms. Establishing reporting requirements for regulatory agencies or even a red tape management office are among the possibilities.

“Although a red tape office to help manage red tape would be a little more perverse,” Ms. Swift said.

The commission’s final report, due out by the end of the year, is expected to contain systemic recommendations for cabinet to include in its 2012 budget proposal.

“Maybe not all the recommendations, but that is only the first step” said Mr. Bernier.

“I can assure you that we still have a lot of work to do.”