Ontario’s Government for the People Cutting Red Tape

DECEMBER 7, 2018

Actions to reduce regulatory burden would make it easier for businesses to create jobs — and for people to find them

BELLEVILLE, ON – Today Todd Smith, MPP, announced that Ontario’s Government for the people is eliminating red tape and burdensome regulations so businesses can grow, create and protect good jobs in Bay of Quinte.

The Ontario government has developed a package of over 30 actions to reduce the burden on job creators. If passed, the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act will, along with regulatory changes, cut business costs, harmonize regulatory requirements with other jurisdictions, end duplication and reduce barriers to investment.

“Unnecessary red tape has driven up the cost of living and doing business in Ontario” said Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and the lead minister on reducing red tape and regulatory burden. “By lightening the regulatory burden, we’re ensuring Ontario is competitive, and that job creators are able to grow and invest in communities like Quinte. When our job creators thrive, our workers thrive.”

The Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act also includes actions to help reduce burdens on families and workers. For instance, proposed changes to give home-based child care providers more flexibility in the number and ages of children they can care for would make it easier for parents to find affordable child care so they could re-enter the job market. And if passed, the act will allow commercial truck drivers the option of an electronic cab card, making it easier to confirm driver credentials and reduce paperwork.

These proposals would build on actions taken through the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, which removed onerous burdens on employers while maintaining strong protections for workers, and made it easier for job creators to hire the skilled tradespeople they need.

This package is part of the government’s multi-year Open for Business Action Plan, which is tackling the red tape that’s driving jobs and investment out of the province. The plan includes a target to reduce regulatory red tape affecting businesses by 25%. Every ministry across the government will have targets to meet, which will cut regulatory burden in many sectors.

“The Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act is the second in a series of bills targeted at getting government out of the way of the job creators. We’re going to lower business costs to make Ontario more competitive. And we’re going to continue to work hard every day to create and keep good jobs right here in Ontario,” said Smith.

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