2015/16 Annual Report


Annual savings for three initiatives, representing only a fraction of the work that’s been done throughout the year.

We've just started costing the savings associated with regulatory reform. Expect these savings to grow.

it's time

a lot has happened over the past year

MARCH 2015

Memorandum of Understanding signed between Nova Scotia and New Brunswick to create the Joint Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness

MAY 2015

Nova Scotia’s first Chief Regulatory Officer appointed


Office is preliminarily staffed


Small Business Week

  • Convenience store bundle, changes to weight and dimension regulations, and elimination of Amusement License announced



In November 2015, the Maritime Premiers’ Action Plan for Regulatory Reform was announced by the premiers of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island. The plan included:

Maritime Premiers’ Action Plan for Regulatory Reform announced

  • Prince Edward Island joined Office
  • Charter of Governing Principles for Regulation adopted
  • Commitment made to mirror legislation
  • Commitment made to common measurement for regulatory costs
  • Immediate actions identified:
    • aligning dates for minimum wage changes
    • aligning record-keeping requirements
    • moving to common documents for procurement


  • Regulatory Accountability and Reporting Act introduced and passed in Nova Scotia
  • Regulatory Accountability and Reporting Act introduced in New Brunswick
  • Premier McNeil sends mandate letters to all departments outlining requirement that red tape reduction be a focus across government


Premier McNeil earns honourable mention in national red tape reduction awards for removing barriers to apprenticeship mobility within Canada

APRIL 2016

  • Minimum wage aligned in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick on April 1; PEI to align in 2017
  • Regulatory Accountability and Reporting Act introduced in Prince Edward Island
  • Legislation to align record-keeping requirements introduced in 3 Maritime provinces

MAY 2016


Based on recommendations from the Atlantic Red Tape Reduction Partnership - a government-business partnership, the four Atlantic premiers announced commitment to:

  • Adopt Canada Revenue Agency’s One Business Number to simplify business registration with Workers’ Compensation Board
  • Give mutual recognition in specific areas of Occupational Health and Safety
  • Move to standardize the Carrier Profile for the regional transportation industry

JUNE 2016

  • Regulatory Accountability and Reporting Act passes in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island
  • Joint Office publishes first Annual Report

Simplifying and aligning record-keeping requirements will save businesses approximately $420,000 a year.


This past year, the Nova Scotia government launched a second bundle of online services to make it easier for convenience store operators—like Mike Habib, owner of Jubilee Junction—to start or grow their businesses.

Atlantic Red Tape
Reduction Partnership

The Joint Office leads the Atlantic Red Tape Reduction Partnership. The partnership, announced by the Council of Atlantic Premiers in 2015, is a goverment–private sector partnership.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce (ACC), and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) identified three areas for red tape reduction: workers' compensation, Occupational Health and Safety and Transportation. Action is being taken in all areas.

To see recommendations and actions view full report here.

Grand Banker Video profile

Improved Mobility
for Apprentices

Premier McNeil led the implementation of a plan to improve labour mobility for apprentices in Canada. The change makes certification easier and gives business better access to a skilled workforce to grow their operations.

Grand Pré Video – Apprenticeship

Moving forms for Nova Scotia apprentices online, rather than paper-based, has an estimated annual savings of $288,000 for employers in Nova Scotia.