Earlier this year Kim Todd, Policy Committee Co-chair, and I participated in a roundtable organized by the federal government’s Red Tape Reduction Commission led by Rob Moore, Minister of State, Small Business and Tourism. The mandate of the Commission is:
To identify irritants to business that stem from federal regulatory requirements or identify how those requirements are administered in areas where reform is most needed to reduce compliance burden on business, especially small business. The focus will be on irritants that have a clear detrimental effect on growth, competitiveness and innovation; and,
Recommend options to address such irritants and control and reduce compliance burden on a long-term basis while ensuring that the protection of the environment, health and safety of Canadians is not compromised.
The Commission invites all small business owners and concerned citizens to participate in the consultation process by completing an online survey at www.reduceredtape.gc.ca.
In our presentation Kim and I echoed generalities raised by industry associations and business people from other sectors in terms of duplication of data collection, frequency of reporting, and lack of access to competent staff with decision-making authority at the CRA and unreasonable delays in remittances.
We also spoke to the following issues specific to the screen-based production industry that cause undue administrative and financial burden to small and medium sized production companies:
- Duplication of data collection between departments;
- Frequent CRA and census reporting for single-purpose companies;
- Unreasonable delays in receiving tax credit remittances once all required documents are filed;
- Unreasonable delays in obtaining CAVCO certification for Treaty Co-productions.
The Government would like to hear from small and medium-sized businesses directly, so please take a few minutes to complete the online survey by Friday September 23, 2011.
On Screen Manitoba
About On Screen Manitoba:
On Screen Manitoba is an innovative non-profit, membership-driven association that leads, builds and represents Manitoba’s screen-based media industry. Our association has grown and evolved over its 22 years into a vital force in the industry. We lead our community in setting common goals and in building a stronger industry. Our membership represents the full spectrum of individuals and organizations (production companies, labour groups, distributors, broadcasters, suppliers and supporting organizations) that make up the screen-based media industry in Manitoba. On Screen Manitoba membership totals nearly 300 but reaches more than 1,500 individuals.
To find out more about On Screen Manitoba visit its website here.