News release

Province Partners with Cape Breton Municipalities to Cut Red Tape

Businesses in Cape Breton will soon have less red tape to deal with, thanks to a pilot project that will help modernize and align regulations across the island.

Together, the municipalities and the province will work to identify specific areas where regulatory approaches can be aligned. The project will also include customer service training for Cape Breton inspectors, putting bylaws online to make them more accessible to businesses across the island and aligning land use bylaws.

“This partnership among the province and the Cape Breton municipalities is another example of how strongly we are committed to improving the business climate in our province,” said Premier Stephen McNeil, who is also Minister responsible for the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness. “By making it clear to businesses how to comply with regulations it makes it easier for them to operate smoothly and grow.”

The pilot is being launched by the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness, in partnership with Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM), the Town of Port Hawkesbury and the counties of Inverness, Richmond and Victoria.

The office has saved businesses over $34 million annually since its creation in 2015 and is on track to save an additional $10 million annually by the end of 2020.

Quotes:

Launching a new business is a daunting task. When we started our business, we used the Business Navigator service, launched by the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness. The navigator was very helpful and was able to identify a requirement that we had overlooked. I’m really pleased to see the partnership between the office and the Cape Breton municipalities expand. More collaboration will only help the island realize its full economic potential. Parker Horton, CEO, Breton Air

If we can make it a little easier for the hard-working business owners across the island by working together with our municipal and provincial partners, then it’s a priority for us. CBRM Mayor Cecil Clarke

Anything we can do to improve the experience for Cape Breton business owners is a welcome addition to both our island and our economy. Working together to achieve that just makes sense. Carla Arsenault, CEO and president, Cape Breton Partnership

Quick Facts:

  • reducing red tape is part of the mandate of the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness
  • the mandate of the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness was formally renewed by Premier McNeil on Oct. 25, 2019
  • for the second year in a row, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business has given Nova Scotia an A in its annual Red Tape Report Card, recognizing the province for its efforts to improving the regulatory environment

Additional Resources:

More information about the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness can be found at: https://novascotia.ca/regulatoryopportunity/

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