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Tackling Red Tape in Saskatchewan – The Hazardous Substances and Waste Dangerous Goods Regulations

Finding ways to reduce red tape is one of the most important measures a government can take to help promote and support a vibrant economy. A good regulatory environment helps Saskatchewan businesses innovate, grow and remain competitive. That’s why we are asking you to help us by taking a short online survey about The Hazardous Substances and Waste Dangerous Goods Regulations (HSWDGR) and their potential impact on you.

If you prefer, you can complete the enclosed copy of the survey and return it by mail to:

Hazardous Materials and Impacted Sites Section
Ministry of Environment, Environmental Protection Branch
102 - 112 Research Drive
Saskatoon, SK, S7N 3R3

The survey closes on March 26, 2021.

Some regulation is necessary to ensure public health, safety, social well-being and environmental protection. However, regulations that go beyond their intended purpose create red tape and burdensome requirements that can affect economic competitiveness.

Saskatchewan’s business community consistently identifies red tape as a major barrier to business operation and growth. Approximately $764 million is lost each year as a result of municipal, provincial and federal red tape in Saskatchewan. At the provincial level, there are approximately 250,000 government compliance requirements for businesses and Saskatchewan residents to follow. Red tape reduction efforts aim to identify requirements that could be administered more efficiently or, in some cases, eliminated altogether.

Some examples of red tape include:
  • rules that significantly exceed government’s mandate to protect public health, safety,
  • well-being and the environment (over-regulation);
  • rules that affect a business’s competitiveness or ability to grow and innovate;
  • regulation that exceeds the benefit achieved from the regulation;
  • paperwork that is burdensome, unnecessary or ineffective;
  • approval or processing wait times that are excessive, unpublished or inconsistent;
  • rules that do not allow businesses to be flexible and use innovation or technology to achieve a desired outcome;
  • rules that are unclear, confusing or overly complex;
  • rules that are outdated, not relevant, obsolete or not enforced;
  • rules that duplicate requirements, create gaps in service or conflict with other government agencies;
  • rules that rely too heavily on penalties as a deterrent, instead of creating incentives to change;
  • rules that are developed without using a risk management approach;
  • rules without clear explanation or rationale;
  • rules, requirements or government contact information that is not easily accessible or available online, or may be out of date; and
  • issues that can be better addressed by the private sector than through government regulation.

The Government of Saskatchewan is working to remove as much red tape as possible. Although red tape cannot be completely eliminated, it can be greatly reduced. The Red Tape Reduction Committee has been tasked with reviewing all business-related regulations at least once every 10 years to ensure they remain relevant, removing red tape when possible or necessary. Input received from stakeholders, such as you, is very important to this process.

The purpose of this review is to identify and eliminate red tape and over-regulation. It is not intended to focus on identifying means to strengthen protectionary measures.

Below are 14 short questions for you to answer on the subject of red tape reduction related to The Hazardous Substances and Waste Dangerous Goods Regulations, which can be found here.