- The Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism, and the Honourable Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board, announced plans to reduce the corporate reporting burden for businesses with revenues between $10 and $200 million. The reform would benefit 32,000 businesses and generate $1.2 million in administrative savings. For more information on this announcement, read the news release on Industry Canada's website.
The reforms announced today will generate $10-million in annual savings for Canadian businesses.
The Harper Government has committed to cutting red tape for businesses. Launched in October 2012, the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan introduces systemic reforms to the federal regulatory system to limit regulatory creep and make it more transparent, accountable, and predictable. The Plan includes 90 department-specific changes to eliminate unnecessary paperwork and introduce time-saving measures like single windows and electronic submissions.
For more information on the CRA's work under the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan, go to www.cra.gc.ca/redtapereduction.
For more information on the one-stop online business landing page, go to www.cra.gc.ca/businessonline.
For more information on the secure enquiries service, go to www.cra.gc.ca/mybusinessaccount.
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The Minister of National Revenue, Gail Shea, and MP for Moncton-Riverview-Dieppe, Robert Goguen, today announced new red tape relief for Canadian companies as part of the Harper Government's commitment to support jobs, growth, and long-term prosperity. Minister Shea unveiled a new feature called "Agent ID," an addition to the CRA's business enquiries telephone service, where callers are greeted with the telephone Agent's ID as part of the standard greeting. This allows callers to clearly identify who they talked to, and provide feedback on the information and service they receive from the CRA.
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Speaking Notes for the Honourable Gail Shea Minister of National Revenue
Business enquiries service / Red tape reduction
January 21, 2013
Check Against Delivery
-- Thank you all for being here today. I'd also like to thank my fellow colleagues, Senator Mockler and MP Goguen for attending this event. Thank you Ms. Pohlmann for being here. A special thank you to Mr. Jon Andrews for hosting the event.-- Our Government recognizes that small and medium-sized businesses are the backbone of our country's economy. When they succeed, they create jobs, generate growth, and promote prosperity in communities from coast to coast.-- Naturally, we want to do everything we can to help them succeed.-- As National Revenue Minister, I know that small businesses invest a considerable amount of time and effort to comply with Canada's tax laws and regulations.-- Studies by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business have shown that red tape from all levels of government cost small businesses billions of dollars every year, so action in this area is critical to ensuring continued growth in our economy.-- That is why our Government has taken a number of steps to improve the Canada Revenue Agency's services for businesses, and why we have made it a priority to cut red tape across Government.-- In October, my colleague the Honourable Tony Clement, President of the Treasury Board, announced our Government's Red Tape Reduction Action Plan, and I announced the establishment of a dedicated team to ensure that the needs of small businesses are understood by the CRA.-- Today, Minister Clement is in Toronto, announcing further changes stemming from the Red Tape Reduction Action Plan, and I am happy to be here in Moncton, in order to announce further improvements at the CRA.-- In addition to this, my colleagues, the Minister of State for Small Business and Tourism Maxime Bernier, and Parliamentary Secretary Andrew Saxton, are also announcing another important regulatory reform in Quebec City and Vancouver, respectively.-- The CRA is now making it easier for businesses to meet their tax obligations, by agents, modernizing its telephone enquiries services and improving training for call centre.-- I'll also touch briefly on some of our Government's other achievements in cutting red tape, because I know this is an important issue for many small business owners.