Atlantic Provinces and Ontario Lead the Way in Regulatory Modernization with CFIB’s Golden Scissors Awards

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Innovations in Healthcare Licensing Garner Recognition During Red Tape Awareness Week™

TORONTO – BUSINESS – During the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB)’s 15th annual Red Tape Awareness Week™, the Atlantic provinces and the Ontario government stood out by receiving the prestigious 2024 Golden Scissors Awards. These awards celebrate significant achievements in regulatory modernization, spotlighting efforts to streamline healthcare licensing and service provision.

Premiers and Leaders Recognized for Healthcare Innovations

The Atlantic provinces were lauded for their collaborative Atlantic Physician Registry, initiated on May 1, 2023. This innovative registry allows physicians to practice across Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick with a single registration, replacing the previous province-by-province licensing that was both costly and cumbersome. With a streamlined process and a reduced annual fee of $500, this initiative marks a significant step towards improving healthcare accessibility and financial viability for practitioners in the region.

In Ontario, the “As of Right” legislation under Health Minister Sylvia Jones’s guidance has been a game-changer. The Your Health Act enables Canadian-credentialed healthcare workers to commence employment in the province immediately, significantly reducing waiting times for registration processes. This measure, allowing up to six months of practice while finalizing applications, is a strategic move to combat physician shortages and improve patient care.

Recognition for Municipal Innovation and Encouragement for Nationwide Adoption

Additionally, the City of Richmond, BC, received the “One to Watch” award for its forward-thinking approach to business permitting and licensing. Through its MyBusiness and MyPermit online service portals, Richmond sets a precedent for municipal efficiency, promising a model worth emulating by other Canadian municipalities.

Keyli Loeppky, CFIB’s director of interprovincial affairs, emphasized the importance of these regulatory innovations. “The strides made by the Atlantic provinces and Ontario in addressing physician shortages through regulatory modernization are commendable. Such initiatives not only facilitate the work of healthcare professionals but also ensure better patient outcomes. We advocate for the expansion of these principles to other sectors and urge governments across Canada to adopt similar measures,” Loeppky stated.

This year’s Red Tape Awareness Week™, in partnership with Intuit QuickBooks, brings to the forefront the critical role of regulatory reform in enhancing service quality and accessibility. For more information on these initiatives and their impact, visit cfib.ca/redtape.

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