With  the  legislative  session  resuming,  the  Ontario  Chamber  of Commerce  (OCC) and the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce wrote  to  each  provincial  Cabinet  minister,  outlining  a  blueprint  to  execute  over  the  next  four  years  that  will  help  make  Ontario  open  for  business.  Our  blueprint  includes  both  policy  asks  where  immediate  action  is  required  to support  business  and  foundational  recommendations  for  long-term  prosperity.

A  key  tool  to  making  this  province  competitive  is  reducing  red  tape. Premier  Ford’s step  to  create  a  separate  Deputy  Minister  for  Red  Tape  and  Regulatory  Burden  Reduction  is  an  excellent  start  in  lowering  the  administrative  burden  felt  by  Ontario  businesses.

The  themes  that  emerged  in  the  OCC  and  the Vaughan Chamber’s blueprint  for  making  Ontario  open  for  business  include:

  • Fiscal  balance:  fundamental  to  economic  growth  is  ensuring  that  the  Government  of  Ontario’s  own  fiscal  house  is  in  order.
  • Business  competitiveness:  the  most  powerful  tool  in  making  this  province  competitive  is  reducing  red  tape;  we  ask  that  the  government  prioritize  lowering  the  administrative  burden  on  business  and  ensure  that  regulation  is  streamlined  and  effective.
  • Investment  growth:  investing  in  Ontario  through  strategic  spending  is  essential  to  fostering  job  creation  and  building  healthy  and  productive  communities  across  the  province.
  • Government  accountability:  Poor  implementation  of  government  initiatives  in  the  past  has  led  to  resource  waste,  mismanagement,  and  disruption  for  both  businesses  and  residents.

CLICK HERE to read the blueprint letters.

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