Call for ideas to reduce bureaucracy

Nova Scotians can share their ideas for reducing red tape using the province’s new Report Red Tape tool, released today, October 20, during Small Business Week.

Regulation helps protect public safety, social welfare, consumer confidence and the environment. But rules and processes can sometimes be outdated, overly complex and/or redundant, adding unnecessary burden or red tape.

“The regulatory environment has been created over decades and we know government can be more efficient,” said Premier Tim Houston, minister responsible for the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Efficiency. “We want to hear directly from Nova Scotians about their ideas, particularly on how to make it easier to access services or start and grow a business in the province.

Nova Scotians can share their feedback on the red tape at:

All submissions will be directed to the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Efficiency, which will work with departments on ideas that can be implemented.


This input will add to the insights we continually receive through our business navigators and other outreach activities and help reduce the paperwork that causes frustration, takes time away from other priorities and acts as a obstacle to economic growth.
Fred Crooks, Regulatory Affairs Director for the Office of Regulatory Affairs and Service Efficiency

Public participation in government processes is essential to ensure their continued modernization. We are pleased that there is now a permanent place to provide feedback on red tape and encourage Nova Scotians to share their experiences and ideas.
Louis-Philippe Gauthier, vice president, Atlantic, Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Fast facts:

  • in 2021, businesses saved more than $10 million (net) through regulatory reform
  • in 2021, regulatory modernization saved citizens over 100,000 hours through improved digital service delivery
  • the office aims to cut red tape for Nova Scotia doctors by 50,000 hours a year by the end of 2023



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