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Minister Clement welcomes recommendations from Red Tape Reduction Commission

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Clearing the way for economic growth and job creation

For immediate release

January 18, 2012

Ottawa –The Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for FedNor, today received the Red Tape Reduction Commission’s Recommendations Report. Created through Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Commission, chaired by the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) examined ways to spur job creation and economic growth through the elimination of unnecessary red tape.

“The Commission believes cutting red tape is critical. And this Government agrees. Through these cutting red tape initiatives, the Government hopes to allow businesses to focus on what they do best: sustaining our economic recovery by creating jobs and generating wealth in communities across Canada,” added Minister Clement.

Minister Clement announced that the Government is moving forward with the Commission’s recommendation to implement a “One-for-One” Rule to control administrative burden on business. This means that regulators will be required to remove at least one regulation each time they introduce a new one that imposes administrative burden on business. In addition, regulatory changes that increase administrative burden on business need to be offset with equal administrative burden reductions. In the coming months, an action plan responding to the other recommendations will be developed.

The Recommendations Report is the result of several months of public consultation and careful assessment on the part of Commission members. It provides specific advice to departments and agencies on how to reduce unnecessary burdens on business. It also proposes that the Government make systemic changes to the way it regulates businesses while ensuring that the environment and the health and safety of Canadians are not compromised.

More detail on the Commission’s recommendations and the “One-For-One” Rule is available in the attached backgrounders.

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Office of the President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for FedNor

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