Doing Business North America


Launched in 2019, the first edition of the Doing Business North America report provided objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 115 cities in 92 states, provinces, and federal districts which comprise the sub-national units of Canada, Mexico and the United States.

Modeled upon the methodology of the World Bank’s "Doing Business" report, the Center’s Doing Business North America report measures the regulations which apply to domestic small and medium-size companies throughout their life cycle.

The 1st edition of the report measures regulations regarding:

  1. Starting a Business
  2. Employing Workers
  3. Getting Electricity
  4. Registering Property
  5. Paying Taxes
  6. Resolving Insolvency

By gathering and analyzing comprehensive quantitative data to compare business regulation environments across North America, Doing Business North America offers measurable benchmarks for reform that encourage states and provinces to pursue regulatory frameworks that ease the cost of doing business.

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