FREDERICTON (GNB) – A smart regulations system will reduce red tape and minimize the time and money New Brunswickers spend accessing government services, Economic Development Minister Bruce Fitch announced today.

Fitch made the announcement as he unveiled the government’s plan to implement smart regulations across government. The goal is to reduce red tape by 20 per cent. Regulations have already been reduced in some areas affecting small and medium-sized businesses and there are more changes to come. Details are posted online.

“Small businesses are the most important job creators in our province,” said Fitch. “Our goal with smart regulations is to make running a business easier for entrepreneurs.”

The smart regulations system has been designed to reduce the burden on businesses, non-profit groups and individuals. Convenience store owners, as an example, will now remit taxes and returns on propane sales annually rather than monthly, beginning this year. This change reduces the amount of forms to be completed and countless hours of paperwork for business owners.

“By reducing red tape through smart regulations, it contributes to the well-being of small business owners which in turn helps both the social and economic fabric of our province,” said Richard Dunn, director of provincial affairs for the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses

Smart regulations also place an emphasis on preserving regulations that protect the environment, set the rules of fair commerce, and provide for the health and safety of New Brunswickers.

“This is an example of how we are working with New Brunswickers to move our province and economy forward,” said Premier David Alward. “We are making it easier to interact with government while looking out for the best interests of New Brunswickers.”