The Surrey Board of Trade actively encourages red-tape reduction strategies at all levels of government. Filing forms and applying for licenses are a part of doing business, however, we want to ensure that it isn't onerous on our members.

Your input on our annual Red Tape Survey will helpĀ us target our advocacy efforts to those areas that you feel need improvement based on your experience

Thank you for your time.
Company Profile

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* 1. Are you:

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* 2. How many individuals (including FT, PT, casual, temporary/term, and regular contractors) are employed by your company?

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* 3. Which category would best describe your company? (NAICS based choices)

Business Experience with Regulatory Requirements

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* 4. Impact on business of complying with government regulatory requirements

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* 5. Time spent per week on complying with government (federal, provincial, local) regulatory requirements

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* 6. Most costly stage of compliance

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* 7. Reporting the same information to different government agencies

Cost of Compliance

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* 8. Overall cost of compliance with government regulations in last 2 years

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* 9. Overall time it takes to comply with government regulations in last 2 years

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* 10. Time spent on last business income tax return

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* 11. Compliance with regulatory requirements preventing business from making changes to grow the business

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* 12. Rate the following for the cost of compliance

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Starting a business
Applying for a special purpose grant
Dealing with licenses
Employing workers
Registering a property
Getting credit
Protecting Investors
Paying taxes
Trading across borders
Enforcing Contracts
Closing a business

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* 13. Rate the following for the time it takes to comply

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Starting a business
Applying for a special purpose grant
Dealing with licenses
Employing workers
Registering a property
Getting credit
Protecting Investors
Paying taxes
Trading across borders
Enforcing Contracts
Closing a business
Communicating with Governments

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* 14. Communication effectiveness with federal government

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* 15. Communication effectiveness with provincial government

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* 16. Communication effectiveness with local government

Reducing Red Tape

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* 17. Opportunity to streamline reporting and make it less of a burden on business

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* 18. Rate the following measures that would have the greatest impact on reducing the cost of compliance

  1 - Definitely! 2 - Would probably help 3 - Possible 4 - Not really 5 - No impact Not sure
Reduce the frequency of reporting requirements to a minimum
Agencies sharing information and making sure there are no duplicate information requirements
Better communication and consultation with businesses when developing new regulations
Improving accessibility of web-based reporting
One agency which collects all required information

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* 19. Level of red tape in dealing with various federal and provincial regulatory authorities

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Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA)
PST
BC Business Registry
My LTSA - Land Titles Directory
BC Assessment
WorkSafeBC
Workers Compensation Board (WCB)

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* 20. Level of red tape in dealing with various local government regulations

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Building & Construction Permits - From submission to completion
Building & Construction - Inspections
Building & Construction - Fees
Building & Construction - Public Hearing Process
By-Law & Licensing Forms - Business Licenses
By-Law & Licensing Forms - All Others
Engineering Services - All
City Services (Sanitation, Waste, Water)
City Online Services
Property Tax/Payment Services
Complaints & Resolutions

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* 21. Do you have any further comments or suggestions that you would like to share with us?

Thank you!

Your input on this survey will help us advocate for improvements in red-tape reduction strategies. If you have any questions or further comments, please email Anne Peterson, Policy & Research Manager at anne@businessinsurrey.com.

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