Industry Canada

Industry Canada

June 13, 2005 12:38 ET

Minister of Industry Announces Members of Advisory Committee to Reduce Red Tape For Small Businesses

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 13, 2005) - The Honourable David L. Emerson, Minister of Industry, today announced the membership of the Advisory Committee on Paperwork Burden Reduction (ACPBR), a committee created to identify concrete initiatives for reducing the paperwork burden on Canada's entrepreneurs and small businesses.

The Committee is part of the Paperwork Burden Reduction Initiative (PBRI), announced by the Government of Canada and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business in February 2005.

The ACPBR will measure the cumulative impact of regulatory compliance on businesses of different sizes. Co-chaired by Garth Whyte, Executive Vice-President, National Affairs, of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, and David Fransen, Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy Sector, Industry Canada, the Committee includes equal representation from the public and private sectors. The Committee is meeting today. The members are:

- Robert (Bob) Armstrong, Senior Vice President, Government Affairs,
Peace Bridge Brokers;
- Jean-Claude Cloutier, Director, Strategic Mandates and Paper Burden
Reduction for the Ministere du Conseil executif in Quebec;
- Patrick Culhane, President and CEO, Canadian Payroll Association;
- Robert Dunlop, acting General Director of the Economic Development
and Corporate Finance Branch, federal Department of Finance Canada;
- Lois Fraser, Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Management
Services, responsible for Service B.C.;
- Glen Gryzko, Chartered Accountant and Partner, Gryzko Harper
Chartered Accountants;
- Helen McDonald, acting Chief Information Officer for the Government
of Canada and Assistant-Secretary of Policy and Service
Transformation, Treasury Board of Canada;
- Jayson Myers, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Canadian
Manufacturers and Exporters;
- Charles Nixon, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Insurance, Human
Resources and Skills Development Canada;
- William (Bill) Robblee, President, Greystone Energy Systems
- Greg Simpson, President, Simpson Seeds Incorporated; and
- Barbara J. Slater, Assistant Commissioner, Assessment and Client
Services Branch, Canada Revenue Agency.

"By reducing the burden of red tape on small business, this initiative will contribute to a more streamlined business and regulatory environment, paving the way to enhanced competitiveness, investment and trade," said Minister Emerson.

"Paperwork burden is one of the top priorities of Canadian small businesses. CFIB has been involved in numerous past initiatives to reduce red tape and paperwork that went nowhere. We agreed to co-chair this committee because this initiative will measure the compliance burden, benchmark it and continue to measure it over time. We need a process that monitors and fixes the problem on an ongoing basis," added Garth Whyte.

The Advisory Committee will report to Minister Emerson each year. The reports will include the results of analysis undertaken by the Committee, progress made on burden reductions through initiatives, and priorities for future work.

The PBRI includes a major survey by Statistics Canada to measure the impact of regulatory burden on Canadian businesses. The first survey, to be conducted this fall, will provide a benchmark measure of the costs of the paperwork burden on Canadian businesses. The survey will be repeated every three years to track progress in reducing the burden of regulatory compliance on small businesses.

"This initiative underlines the Government of Canada's commitment to helping Canada's small businesses grow and prosper. It will save them time and money, making it easier for them to do business in Canada, and around the world," said Minister Emerson.

The PBRI is among the many initiatives outlined in the Smart Regulation Report on Actions and Plans announced by Treasury Board President Reg Alcock in March 2005. A backgrounder and biographical notes of the ACPBR members are included.


Paperwork Burden Reduction Initiative (PBRI)

Paperwork burden or "red tape" is the unproductive time and resources spent by businesses to understand and comply with rules and regulations. A 2001 report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, entitled Businesses' Views on Red Tape: Administrative and Regulatory Burdens on Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, found that small businesses face a disproportionate burden in complying with regulatory requirements as compared with larger businesses. This is particularly true for Canadian small businesses, given the cumulative requirements imposed by three levels of government.

The Paperwork Burden Reduction Initiative (PBRI) responds to the Government of Canada's 2004 Budget commitment to create a working group of government officials and small business representatives to measure the impact of regulatory compliance on businesses and make measurable reductions in paperwork burden. The PBRI has three components.

Advisory Committee on Paperwork Burden Reduction (ACPBR)

The government has created the ACPBR, a public-private sector committee composed of fourteen senior executives representing small business institutions and organizations. The ACPBR will measure the cumulative impact of regulatory compliance on businesses of different sizes, and identify concrete initiatives for reducing this burden. The committee will help the Government of Canada develop effective and sustainable policies that consider the impact of regulatory burden. The scope of its work would include:

- gathering facts and assessing information relating to regulatory
burden from stakeholders such as industry associations, small
business advisors and advisory committees, government departments
and agencies, non-government organizations, and academia;
- examining examples of international and national cooperation of
administrative simplification strategies and practices, and
assessing their potential for application in Canada - this review
would focus on e-government and single-window access initiatives
that demonstrate improvements in the timeliness, efficiency and
predictability of regulatory services to business;
- identifying and evaluating initiatives that could lead to burden
reduction, such as regulatory flexibility (changing how compliance
and enforcement services are delivered), regulatory tiering
(varying requirements according to firm size), and broad-based
approaches (red tape reduction actions aimed across government
departments and agencies);
- advancing the Survey on Paperwork Burden, reviewing the results and
making recommendations based on these findings; and
- preparing and delivering timely reports for consideration by the
Minister of Industry and tabling with parliamentary committees.

Survey on Paperwork Burden

Statistics Canada will conduct a survey every three years, measuring
regulatory burden according to the size of the firms involved. The
survey will collect data on the cost of complying with federal,
provincial/territorial and municipal regulations in the following

- related to employees - payroll remittances, records of employment,
and workers' compensation;
- related to taxation - T4 summary, T1/T2 income tax filing, goods
and services/harmonized/ provincial sales tax, and corporate tax
- property taxes;
- business operating licences and permits;
- corporate registration; and
- mandatory Statistics Canada surveys.

In addition to specific questions about each of the above regulations, the survey would include questions about the firm's overall experience with government regulations, as well as business demographics. Responding businesses will be placed in one of five categories according to size. While all industry sectors will be covered, at least five sectors will be sampled sufficiently to permit reporting of industry-specific results. The responses will also be measured according to geographic region (Atlantic, Quebec, Ontario, Prairies, and British Columbia).

The first survey will establish a benchmark for the following surveys. The survey is expected to take place in fall 2005, and results should be available in summer 2006. Data collection for the repeat survey could take place in 2008-09, with results expected in 2009-10.

Regular Progress Reports

Reports to the Minister of Industry will include results from analysis undertaken by the ACPBR, progress made in burden reduction through initiatives implemented, and priorities for future work. The Minister of Industry will use these reports to aid in his progress reports to parliamentary committees, such as the Standing Committee on Industry, Science and Technology.

Biographies of the ACPBR Members


David Fransen

Mr. David Fransen is Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy Sector, at Industry Canada, responsible for all aspects of micro-economic policy, including industrial policy, science and technology policy, small business policy, and microeconomic research and analysis. Mr. Fransen's career in the Public Service of Canada extends over a period of 25 years, having spent a total of eight years at Industry Canada in other senior management positions including Assistant Deputy Minister, Industry Sector, and Associate Assistant Deputy Minister in the Spectrum, Information Technologies and Telecommunications Sector. He graduated from the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo.

Garth Whyte

Mr. Garth Whyte is Executive Vice President of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB), responsible for the National Affairs Agenda and all aspects of CFIB's legislative and research functions. Since joining CFIB in 1986, Mr. Whyte has participated on numerous provincial and federal advisory committees covering a variety of issues important to small business such as e-commerce, small business financing, Employment Insurance, education and training, tax policy, labour policy and economic development. Prior to joining CFIB Mr. Whyte held a number of senior positions within the Government of Saskatchewan. Mr. Whyte graduated from Carleton University.


Robert Armstrong

Mr. Robert (Bob) Armstrong is Senior Vice President, Government Affairs of the Peace Bridge Brokers (PBB) and is involved in advocating the international trade issues that impact PBB's clients to the highest levels of government and industry. Mr. Armstrong has more than 35 years of experience in the fields of cross-border logistics, international trade and customs compliance. Prior to joining PBB, Mr. Armstrong was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters Inc. (I.E. Canada). Also, he was President of the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada (AIAMC), the Canadian Council of the Americas (CCA), and the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce (BCCC).

Jean-Claude Cloutier

Mr. Jean-Claude Cloutier is Director for Strategic Mandates and Paper Burden Reduction for the Ministere du Conseil executif in Quebec. Since 2003, he has been responsible for the development and implementation of the governmental action plan on the reduction of paper burden and regulations. As Senior Advisor to the Executive Advisory Committee from 1997 to 2000, Mr. Cloutier participated in the preparation of the Advisory Committee's reports on paper burden reduction (rapports Lemaire). Mr. Cloutier graduated in economic sciences from the Universite de Montreal.

Patrick Culhane

Mr. Culhane is the President and CEO of The Canadian Payroll Association (CPA), a position he has held since January 2000. Under Mr. Culhane's strategically focused leadership, the CPA has increased its membership, influenced the payroll practices of hundreds of thousands of organizations across the country, expanded its products and services, and enhanced its government relationships at both the federal and provincial levels. Prior to joining the CPA, Mr. Culhane was with Carswell Thomson, one of Canada's major professional publishers, where he was the Director of the company's Finance/Accounting Strategic Market Group. Before that, Mr. Culhane spent 13 years, at both the provincial and national levels, with the Certified Management Accountants of Canada. Mr. Culhane graduated from Carleton University.

Robert Dunlop

Mr. Robert Dunlop is currently acting General Director of the Economic Development and Corporate Finance Branch of the Finance Canada. Prior to joining Finance Canada, he was the Director General of the Small Business Policy Branch of Industry Canada for almost five years. Mr. Dunlop is a native of Montreal and was educated at McGill University.

Lois Fraser

Ms. Lois Fraser is Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Management Services, responsible for Service BC. Service BC provides integrated services to citizens, businesses and those within the broader public sector. Ms. Fraser is also currently leading a government-wide Service Delivery Initiative to develop and implement a client-centred service delivery framework for improving the development and delivery of services to citizens and businesses in British Columbia. She brings 30 years of experience in the information communications and technologies industry.

Glen Gryzko

Mr. Glen Gryzko is a chartered accountant and partner in the Gryzko Harper Chartered Accountants firm in Cochrane, Alberta. In practice since 1989, Mr. Gryzko has extensive experience in accounting, auditing and income tax preparation, assisting a widely diversified clientele of small businesses find solutions to improve business results. Mr. Gryzko graduated from the University of Manitoba.

Helen McDonald

Ms. Helen McDonald is currently acting Chief Information Officer for the Government of Canada and Assistant-Secretary of Policy and Service Transformation at the Treasury Board of Canada. Prior to that assignment, she worked as Assistant-Secretary, Government On-Line at Treasury Board and as Director General for Government On-Line, as well as DG of Electronic Commerce Policy at Industry Canada.

Jayson Myers

Dr. Jayson Myers is the Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME) and is in charge of CME's national policy office in Ottawa. Dr. Myers is a director on the Board of Materials and Manufacturing Ontario, the Canadian European Roundtable for Business, the Innovation Management Association of Canada, and Chairs the Business Coalition of Cost Recovery and the Canadian Services Coalition. Dr. Myers graduated from Queen's University, the University of British Columbia, the London School of Economics and Oxford University.

Charles Nixon

Mr. Charles Nixon is Acting Assistant Deputy Minister of Insurance at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSD), formally called Human Resources Development Canada. Prior to this, Mr. Nixon was Director General of Insurance Policy and held other senior management positions in that department. Mr. Nixon graduated from Carleton University and Cambridge University.

William Robblee

Mr. William (Bill) Robblee is President of Greystone Energy Systems Incorporated, which has more than 75 employees and offices in Moncton, New Brunswick, and Shen Zhen and Beijing, China. For the past six years, Mr. Robblee has chaired the New Brunswick Red Tape Reduction Committee, which has been successful in reducing some of the burden of government regulation on businesses in New Brunswick.

Greg Simpson

Mr. Greg Simpson is President of Simpson Seeds Incorporated in Moose Jaw Saskatchewan, a Select Seed grower for Pedigree Seed since 1979, with 55 employees and exporting lentils, peas and chickpeas to more than 40 countries. Prior to starting Simpson Seeds Inc., Mr. Simpson worked for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Agriculture Canada with responsibility for the Seeds Act, Fertilizers Act, Pest Control Products Act, and Feeds Act of Canada. Mr. Simpson graduated from the University of Saskatchewan

Barbara J. Slater

Ms. Barbara J. Slater is Assistant Commissioner, Assessment and Client Services Branch of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Prior to this, she held the position of Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Assessment and Collections Branch of CRA. From 2001 to early 2004, Ms. Slater was Assistant Deputy Minister of the Modernizing Service for Canadians Branch and of Business Transformation and Information Management at Human Resources Development Canada. Ms. Slater is a graduate of Queen's University and Carleton University.

Contact Information

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