Reducing Burden to Business Final Progress Report

By cutting unnecessary red tape and making improvements across government’s regulatory system since 2017, Nova Scotia businesses are saving about $34.3million. This exceeds government’s goal to reduce regulatory burden by $25 million by December 2018.

The Reducing Burden to Business Final Progress Report outlines how government is achieving these results.

2017 - 2018 Annual Report

The Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness – in its third year – is focused on reducing regulatory burden to business and making service improvements to support economic growth in our province and region.

The Office’s first year built a strong foundation for regulatory reform, outlined in our first Annual Report.  The Office's second year built on this foundation by delivering real results and cost savings for business, which was showcased in our second Annual Report

This year's report focuses on breaking through regulatory barriers for better economic growth and opportunities for business. 

Our nationally recognized Business Navigation service helped more than 1,800 businesses navigate government regulation since it launched in February 2017, saving them an average of 10 hours.

The Office continued to work with Atlantic Provinces to eliminate unnecessary regulatory barriers within the region.  We have broadened our work by working with other governments such as Halifax Regional Municipality and the Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table (RCT) under the Canadian Free Trade Agreement.

2017 - 2018
Annual Report

Full report
Full report (Adobe Flip Book)
Highlight sheet
$25 million Target Interim Status Report


2016 - 2017 Full report
2016 - 2017 Highlight sheet

2015 - 2016 Full report
2015 - 2016 Highlight sheet

Reducing Burden to Business Final Progress Report

Government Reports

Accountability Reports and Business Plans

Contact Us

Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Effectiveness
Suite 302, Collins Bank Building
1883 Upper Water Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1S9