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Tackling Red Tape in Saskatchewan – Forestry-related Code chapters and standards

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.

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.

Red tape is not always easy to define and isolate. Some examples of red tape include:
  • Paperwork that is burdensome, unnecessary or ineffective.
  • Rules that are unclear, confusing or overly complex.
  • Approval or processing wait times that are excessive, unpublished or inconsistent.
  • Rules that duplicate requirements, create gaps in service or conflict with other government agencies.

The Ministry of Environment is currently reviewing The Forest Resources Management (Saskatchewan Environmental Code Adoption) Regulations, as such, we are interested in any ideas you may have for reducing red tape and regulatory barriers in your business and industry. Your input 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 identify means to strengthen protectionary measures.

This survey is open until Wednesday, August 31, 2022.

The following survey includes questions specific to each code chapter and associated standard.

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

D.1.1 Forest Regeneration Assessment Chapter
Forest Regeneration Assessment Standard

D.1.2 Forest Data Submission Chapter
Forest Data Submission Standard

D.1.3 Forest Operating Plan Chapter
Forest Operating Plan Standard

D.1.4 Forest Products Scaling Chapter
Scaling Standard

D.1.5 Forest Management Planning Chapter
Forest Management Planning Standard

D.1.6 Forest Inventory Chapter
Forest Inventory Standard

Please answer those sections that apply to your business.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Clay Allison at