Premier Ford wins a CFIB Golden Scissors Award

Premier Doug Ford

CFIB’s 10th Red Tape Awareness Week™ showcases leaders fighting red tape


Toronto, January 23, 2019 – As part of Red Tape Awareness WeekTM, Ontario Premier Doug Ford was presented with a 2019 Golden Scissors Award today by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) for taking strong action to remove excessive red tape in labour legislation and for his leadership on cross-government red tape reduction for small businesses.

The Golden Scissors Awards recognize governments, elected representatives and public servants who are taking meaningful action to help small- and medium-sized businesses by eliminating unnecessary red tape. Traditionally, CFIB has awarded only one winner per year, but to mark the 10th anniversary of Red Tape Awareness Week™, a winner from each level of government is being recognized. The remaining winners (at the federal and municipal levels) will be announced by CFIB tomorrow.

“We congratulate Premier Ford for being the first Ontario Premier to receive this national award during Red Tape Awareness Week™,” said Plamen Petkov, CFIB’s Ontario vice president. “Immediately upon taking office only a few months ago, Premier Ford and his cabinet rolled up their sleeves and went to work on easing red tape headaches in labour legislation, making it easier to run a business in this province.”

With this award, Premier Ford is being specifically recognized for:

  • Cutting red tape on hiring and training in the skilled trades, as business owners now only need one journeyperson on staff to be able to hire an apprentice, which eliminated significant, unnecessary barriers to entering the trades;
  • Phasing out the College of Trades, an entire bureaucracy responsible for unnecessary regulatory requirements and duplicate inspections and certifications; and
  • Stopping the planned implementation of rules requiring businesses to track every movement of their scheduled employees into and out of the office, down to the minute, or face stiff penalties.

“Business owners, citizens and government all suffer when red tape is out of control, but reducing the regulatory burden rarely receives the recognition it deserves,” added Laura Jones, CFIB’s executive vice-president. “It’s important to say ‘thank you’ to the people who are tackling this difficult work and hold them up as examples of governance done right.”

Ontario up to A- from C+ in CFIB’s Red Tape Report Card

A- is highest grade and biggest improvement ever for the province

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) also presented Economic Development Minister Todd Smith with Ontario’s grade of A- from its 2019 annual national Red Tape Report Card released yesterday, the second day of CFIB’s 10th annual Red Tape Awareness Week™.

CFIB’s report card evaluates provincial governments on red tape reduction based on their levels of leadership and measurement of the regulatory burden, and whether the government has placed a clear cap on regulations. Overall, it grades provinces on their regulatory accountability and transparency, which are essential for effective red tape reduction.

“A- represents the highest grade and most significant improvement for Ontario in the Red Tape Report Card’s history,” said Julie Kwiecinski, CFIB’s director of provincial affairs, Ontario. “What’s more, this impressive score was achieved in only six months, a clear testament to this government’s cross-government action out of the gate on removing excessive, unnecessary and redundant red tape barriers to business success.”

In previous years, Ontario was awarded the following grades by CFIB:

2011: C-
2012: B-
2013: B
2014: B
2015: B+
2016: B+
2017: B-
2018: C+

Based on a CFIB report, in 2017, complying with regulations from all levels of government cost over $15 billion in Ontario, and the per-employee cost to comply for small businesses was five times higher than for larger businesses in Canada.

For more information on CFIB’s 10th annual Red Tape Awareness Week™, visit