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Tackling Red Tape in Saskatchewan – Environmentally Impacted Sites Code Chapters

Finding ways to reduce red tape is one of the most important measures a government can take to help promote a healthy economy. A good regulatory environment helps Saskatchewan businesses innovate, grow and remain competitive.

Saskatchewan’s business community consistently identifies red tape as a major barrier to business operation and growth. Approximately $300 million is lost each year as a result of provincial red tape. In Saskatchewan, there are approximately 250,000 government compliance requirements that businesses and residents are required to follow.

Regulations are developed to ensure public health, safety, social well-being and environmental protection measures have the lowest impact to business and Saskatchewan residents. However, regulations that go beyond their intended purpose create red tape, which may create burdensome requirements or impact economic competitiveness. 

We are seeking your help in assisting our efforts to reduce red tape in Saskatchewan.

Red tape is not always easy to define and isolate. Some examples of red tape include:
  • Rules that significantly exceed government’s mandate to protect public health, safety, well-being and the environment (i.e. over-regulation).
  • Regulation that exceeds the benefit achieved from the regulation.
  • Paperwork that is burdensome, unnecessary or ineffective.
  • Rules that are unclear, confusing or overly complex.
  • Rules that are outdated, not relevant, obsolete or not enforced.
  • Rules that rely too heavily on penalties as a deterrent, instead of creating incentives to change.
  • There is no clear explanation or reason for the rule.

The Government of Saskatchewan’s Red Tape Reduction Committee has been tasked with reviewing all business-related regulations at least once every 10 years to ensure they remain relevant and removing red tape where possible. Input received from stakeholders like you is very important to this process.

The Ministry of Environment is currently reviewing The Environmental Management and Protection (Saskatchewan Environmental Code Adoption) Regulations, specifically the environmentally impacted sites chapters and its associated procedures, forms and standards. We are interested in any ideas you may have for reducing red tape and regulatory barriers in your business and industry.

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

The following survey includes a few general questions, as well as questions specific to each code chapter.

The links to the code chapters currently under review can be found here:

B.1.1 Discharge and Discovery Reporting Chapter
B.1.2 Site Assessment Chapter
B.1.3 Corrective Action Plan Chapter
B.1.4 Transfer of Responsibility for an Environmentally Impacted Site Chapter
B.1.5 Substance Characterization Chapter

Please answer those sections that apply to your business.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Kim Davis at