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Martime provinces to reduce red tape through project


Toronto – The premiers of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have launched a project aimed at reducing red tape for business owners and making it easier for businesses to operate in all three provinces.

As these provinces co-operate to harmonize regulations, it will position the Maritime region for higher growth, Restaurants Canada said in a news release.

“This initiative is a step forward for the restaurant and foodservice industry, and opens the door to investment and job creation,” said Luc Erjavec, Restaurants Canada’s Atlantic vice-president, in the release. “We welcome the way these premiers are showing leadership by working together for the benefit of small business.” 

The provinces have committed to make regulation a last resort, to measure the costs of any regulation, and to consult with stakeholders throughout the process, the association said. Progress will be monitored by an annual public report. 

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In the early stages of the program, the three provinces will use the same documents, where possible; harmonize employment records, or at least recognize similar records; and make future changes to minimum wages on the same day, April 1 (although they won’t necessarily harmonize wages).

“Some of these changes may seem small, but they’ll make a big difference to businesses operating in two or more provinces,” Erjavec said. “We look forward to seeing even more reforms as the project expands.”