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Bill 96: SMEs fear increased administrative burden

Bill 96: SMEs fear increased administrative burden

Bill 96, a law that respects the official and common language in Quebec, French, risks increasing the administrative burden on small and medium businesses, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business believes.

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Even if it welcomes the government’s desire to ensure that the French language is strengthened and preserved, the CFIB places a bar on the possibility of companies with 25-49 employees being subjected to the franchising process, while more than half (56%) of SMEs oppose it.

“We are facing a bill with French language sustainability goals, which, as commendable as they are, must be combined with the very tangible and on-the-ground realities of SMEs that are currently facing an epidemic and a shortage of food,” said Francis Biroby, senior policy analyst at CFIB, in a statement. On Monday, it’s unprecedented business.

“In this context, the government will have to find a way to not increase the current burden on SMEs,” said Mr. Birobi.

The CFIB calls for a new analysis of the regulatory impact of this reform on businesses, while the administrative burden costs Quebec SMEs $8.2 billion annually.

Based on a case study, the organization estimates the costs associated with the franchising process for SMEs to be between $9.5 million and $24.5 million, depending on the size of the business.

The CFIB is calling for businesses to be supported with promising measures, such as the establishment of a French one-stop shop in Quebec, which has been favorably received.

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“The best way to achieve the goals of promoting the French language in SMEs remains to support and access services that respect their entrepreneurial realities,” added Mr. Biroby.