June 28, 2013 - 11:21 AM
The B.C. government has successfully achieved its target of net-zero new regulations in 2012, and will continue to maintain that target through 2015.
This and other updates are included in the Second Annual Report on Regulatory Reform, released today. The report provides public accountability for the Province's commitment to drive economic growth through the reduction of government red tape and regulatory burdens for citizens and businesses.
In 2013, a key priority will be to work collaboratively with the Ministry responsible for Core Review in order to streamline B.C.'s regulatory environment.
Highlights of the 2012 report include:
* The B.C. government has successfully reduced red tape by over 42 per cent since 2001.
* The Province has introduced improved child adoption information online. This regulatory change allows prospective parents wishing to adopt to find all the information they require in one convenient place, making it easier for them to connect with the children that need them.
* Qualified citizens, including low-income seniors and persons with disabilities, can now renew their subsidized bus passes more quickly and efficiently, as a result of internal efforts to streamline the process. This means some of B.C.'s most vulnerable citizens are spending less time on the phone and more time getting out and doing what they enjoy; helping them stay financially, mentally and physically healthy.
* A streamlined application and decision making process is now in place for the Provincial Nominee Program. Operational efficiency and client service has been improved by simplifying submission requirements, reducing processing bottlenecks, and informing planning for IT system upgrades. As a result, the program has reduced nearly 60 per cent of the steps previously required during business immigration and reduced the time it takes to inform clients of an application decision by an average of five business days.
* Moving forward, as a part of the B.C. Small Business Accord, the government is committing to establishing a 20-per-cent increase in small business procurement from government. Greater access to procurement opportunities for small business will mean economic growth and job creation for residents and families of British Columbia.
The overarching goal of the Province's regulatory reform initiative is to enhance the lives of all British Columbians by ensuring that every regulatory requirement in British Columbia is necessary, meaningful and serves a purpose. It also means getting rid of burdensome forms, simplifying complex processes and providing clearer information. By
eliminating unnecessary red tape, the Province is minimizing the time and cost for citizens and businesses accessing government services. A streamlined regulatory environment attracts new investment, encourages economic growth and innovation and creates new jobs.
The full report is available to the public at:
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