Ontario Creating and Protecting Jobs by Cutting Red Tape

November 6, 2018

Making Ontario Open for Business Act Will Get Government Out of the Way of the Job Creators.

Rossmore, ON — Today Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, Government House Leader, and Minister of Government and Consumer Services shared details on how the Ontario PC Government is acting to help create and protect jobs in Ontario by reducing the regulatory burden on Ontario businesses and workers.

The Making Ontario Open for Business Act will, if passed by Ontario’s Legislature, enable more Ontario employers to boost job creation and investment by cutting unnecessary regulations that are inefficient, inflexible and out of date, while maintaining standards to keep Ontarians safe and healthy.

“Businesses told us that the Liberals created a regulatory burden that chased businesses and jobs out of Ontario and we can’t afford to ignore the problem any longer” said Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, Government House Leader, and Minister of Government and Consumer Services. “This legislation is great for job creators, and great for any person looking to find work in Ontario. By reducing the red-tape burden we are once again making Ontario one of the best places in the world to invest, and create jobs. And we believe that anybody who is prepared to work hard deserves a shot at a better job.”

“Moving to a 1-to-1 ratio is a game changer for construction. The new ratio will provide more apprentice opportunities for young people across Belleville and Quinte. For too long, small and medium sized businesses were held back from hiring new apprentices because of regulations. Now our industry will finally have a system in place to close the skills gap,” said Ruth Estwick, Executive Director, Quinte Home Builders’ Association. “QHBA’s builder and renovator members are ready and excited to hire and train the next generation of skilled tradespeople.”

The Making Ontario Open for Business Act will, if passed by Ontario’s Legislature, replace the Liberals’ ideological minimum wage scheme with one that remains at $14 per hour until 2020, at which point it will rise with inflation. The Act will also replace the Liberals’ disastrous Personal Emergency Leave rules and instead ensure workers will be able to take up to three days for personal illness, two for bereavement and three for family responsibilities while maintaining leave provisions for victims of domestic or sexual violence. The Act will also open up jobs for Ontarians interested in the skilled trades by reducing journeyman-to-apprenticeship ratios at one-to-one and winding down the complex, job killing bureaucracy at the Ontario College of Trades.

“At the heart of our plan is the conviction that Ontario can once again be a great place to invest, grow and create jobs,” said Todd Smith “We’re cutting red tape, creating new jobs and telling the world, loud and clear that Ontario is open for business.”

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UPDATE

October 31, 2018

Rossmore, ON — Today, Todd Smith, MPP for Bay of Quinte, Government House Leader and Minister of Government and Consumer Services, provided details on how Ontario’s Government for the People delivered on their promise to make life more affordable for families through the passage of Bill 4, The Cap and Trade Cancelation Act.

“The era of cap and trade carbon tax in Ontario is finally over,” said MPP Todd Smith.  “We promised residents and businesses in Belleville and across the province to put more money back in their pockets, to make life more affordable and to protect and create jobs. Promise made, promise kept.”

The elimination of the province’s cap and trade carbon tax will save the families in Prince Edward County on average $260 per year, reduce gas prices, and remove a costly burden from local businesses allowing them to grow and create jobs.

“Despite this recent important milestone for Ontario, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau intends to impose a punishing, job-killing new carbon tax on the people of Ontario,” said MPP Todd Smith.

Ontario is part of a growing coalition of other provinces across Canada that oppose and will ultimately repeal the federal carbon tax, which does nothing to reduce Canadian greenhouse gas emissions while raising the cost of essentials like home heating and gasoline. 

The province remains committed to using every available tool to challenge the federal government’s ability to impose an unconstitutional, punishing new carbon tax on families and businesses.

Later this fall, Ontario will release a comprehensive, made-in-Ontario environment plan to help protect and conserve our air, land and water, address urban litter and waste, increase our resilience to climate change and help all of us do our part to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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QUOTES

 “The existing cap and trade program represented increased costs to fuel, equipment and climate controls for wash, packing and storage facilities, and heat for greenhouses to support year-round food production in this northern climate. To reiterate, we support the repeal of the cap and trade program. The costs created by it are unsustainable for Ontario’s fruit and vegetable farmers.”
— Mr. Jan VanderHout, Chair of the Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association

“Making diesel more expensive through carbon pricing does not educate a fleet on the need to conserve fuel, nor does it incentivize it to switch from a diesel engine, since there are no viable technological alternatives. Bill 4, which reduces this price escalation through the elimination of the carbon pricing tax system, is a welcome relief to the Ontario Trucking Association and its members.”
— Stephen Laskowski, President, Ontario Trucking Association

“We would like to thank the current government for recognizing the impacts of Ontario’s cap and trade program on businesses and consumers across the province. While we all strive to protect the environment for generations to come, the tools to achieve this must be equitable and transparent, and must not sacrifice economic growth with unintended consequences. Nor should they sacrifice our ability as a province to provide safe, healthy food at a cost that is accessible to all our citizens.
— George Gilvesy, Chair, Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers

“(We) support the Ontario government’s decision to end the ineffective and job-killing tax called cap and trade through Bill 4. This was just one of the previous government initiatives that did absolutely nothing to impact the environment but only served to stifle growth in Ontario and send jobs south of the border.”
— Jocelyn Bamford, Founder, Coalition of Concerned Manufacturers and Businesses of Canada

"We are thrilled that the government is ending cap and trade, a decision that is going to save taxpayers $7.2 billion over four years. Cap and trade was a tax on the necessities of life – a tax on driving to work, picking your kids up from school and heating your home in winter. It was a tax that was doing nothing for the environment, but was funneling billions of dollars to politicians and out of Ontario to Quebec and California. We are ecstatic not just that the government did the right thing by ending cap and trade, but that they did it right away. It was what they were elected to do."
—Christine Van Geyn, Ontario Director, Canadian Taxpayer Federation

“The measures taken by the Government of Ontario, including the repeal of Bill 148 and the end of the cap and trade program help reduce the regulatory burden on manufacturers and enhance the competitiveness of Ontario’s manufacturing sector. We must continue to work towards creating a regulatory environment that encourages growth, creates opportunities for workers, increases investment and makes it easier to do business in Ontario.” 
— Dennis A. Darby, President and CEO, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

“Canadian Independent Petroleum Marketers Association supports the Ontario Government’s decision to cancel the cap and trade program. Our members are independent business owners and found the program extremely expensive and burdensome to operate and report on. We look forward to working with the government to develop a climate change strategy that is more than just another tax on businesses.

“Cap and trade was yet another tax on gasoline, driving up prices at the pumps for Ontarians and making it harder to make ends meet. Our members – independent business owners that operate retail gasoline sites - are pleased to see the program cancelled, and costs reduced for Ontarians.”
  — Jennifer Stewart, President and CEO, Canadian Independent Petroleum Marketers Association

“Ontario’s waste sector is, and has long been, strongly committed to environmental sustainability and mitigating greenhouse gas emissions. Based on its requirements to establish a climate change plan that fosters positive economic outcomes and to wind down the cap and trade program in a fair and orderly manner, OWMA supports the provisions in Bill 4, the Cap and Trade Cancellation Act.”
 — Mike Chopowick, Director of Policy and Communications, Ontario Waste Management Association