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Langford Leads the Way for Cutting Red Tape

Langford Mayor Stew Young and Council received the prestigious 2014 Golden Scissors Award from the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses on January 30. The award, which acknowledges innovative ways to reduce red tape for small businesses, was awarded in recognition of Langford's decision to issue permanent business licenses that do not have to be renewed annually.

”This little City has shown how easy and impactful it can be by simply making business licenses permanent,“ the CFIB noted in a press release. “Requiring annual renewal of business licenses is a source of revenue for local governments, but adds needless costs and paperwork for small business owners. Now, the CFIB and others are challenging municipal councils across Canada to follow Langford's lead.”

Mayor Young said Council made the decision to reduce the small annual cost for small businesses because it had no real benefit, and required a lot of time and paperwork. “This will help small businesses and enable City staff to use their time more effectively,” Mayor Young added.

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