Today, Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, and the lead minister on reducing red tape and regulatory burden, issued the following statement about the passage of the Making Ontario Open for Business Act:

“Yesterday, the Ontario legislature passed the Making Ontario Open for Business Act. This is one of our government’s first steps in cutting job-killing red tape, removing regulatory burdens on job creators, and growing Ontario’s economy.

The Making Ontario Open for Business Act eliminates burdensome, inefficient and inflexible regulations while maintaining standards to keep Ontario workers and families safe and healthy. These changes will make it easier for job creators to hire, and easier for workers to find jobs and develop a career in our province.

The best way we can create and protect jobs in Ontario is by cutting red tape and burdensome regulations to help our job creators grow, thrive and invest right here in Ontario. When our job creators succeed, the people succeed.

Ontario’s Government for the People will continue to take action to get out of the way of the job creators. A comprehensive review of regulations will focus on streamlining and eliminating unnecessarily complicated, outdated and duplicative regulations.”

Canada’s forest sector welcomes new measures:

“Today’s Economic Statement sends a very positive signal to Canadian forestry communities and our workers. New investments to accelerate innovation, diversify export opportunities, address supply chain bottlenecks, and a commitment to modernize regulations – these measures show that the government has been listening to a number of our concerns,” says FPAC CEO Derek Nighbor. “We look forward to continuing our work with the federal government to strengthen our sector and to champion family-supporting forestry jobs in over 600 communities across the country.”