Potential CRA and Federal Government Labour Strike Will Hurt Business

The Surrey Board of Trade is concerned about the impact to businesses by the potential strike by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and other Federal Government unionized workers.

“Businesses are exhausted by ongoing increases in costs including taxes and fees, and workforce and economic challenges,” said Anita Huberman, President & CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “This potential strike is yet another headache for businesses that will further erode their bottom line. Businesses may not be able to get answers in a timely manner or submit their tax payment on time.”

The CRA, through the Surrey Board of Trade Red Tape Survey, is rated high each year as already an administrative burden which businesses need to navigate. In our 2022 Red Tape Survey Report, 92.6% of respondents indicated that the Canada Revenue Agency has moderate to high levels of red tape. The unnecessary audits, the time it takes to gather information, and the difficulty in getting answers from the CRA is a hindrance on business and economic growth.

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The Surrey Board of Trade is urging both sides to reach an agreement to avoid the negative impacts of a strike. If a strike is to occur, then the CRA and other federal government agencies must communicate business responsibilities during the strike and ensure some level of service to businesses.

“It is businesses that drive the economy.”