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Survey of Regulatory Compliance Costs, 2016

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Released: 2019-03-19

Small- and medium-sized businesses made 60,759,228 mandatory regulatory submissions in 2016. Businesses with 1 to 4 employees made 36.2% of these submissions, 30.5% were made by businesses with 5 to 19 employees and 33.3% were made by businesses with 20 to 499 employees.

The average small- and medium-sized business made 75 submissions in 2016. For businesses with 1 to 4 employees, the average was 50 submissions, the average was 72 submissions for business with 5 to 19 employees and 174 submissions for businesses with 20 to 499 employees.

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Statistics Canada, in partnership with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, conducted this survey to measure the costs for small- and medium-sized businesses to comply with regulatory requirements imposed by various levels of government. The survey results are intended to help measure the impact of efficiency measures introduced by government in reducing the compliance burden facing businesses.

The types of submissions covered by the survey are T4s, T4As and T5018s (including RL-1 and RLZ-1 forms in Quebec); federal and provincial business income tax returns; corporate income tax installments; federal and provincial sales tax remittances; payroll remittances; records of employment; workers' compensation remittances; workers' compensation claims; corporate registrations; municipal and provincial government regulations; and, other mandatory federal government regulations.

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