Supporting Business Investment and Recovery

Proposing new red tape and burden reduction measures intended to minimize existing barriers on businesses and support a long-term recovery plan

The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the need for government to modernize regulations and reduce regulatory roadblocks on people and businesses.

Today, our PC government is proposing new red tape and burden reduction measures intended to minimize existing barriers on businesses and support a long-term recovery plan.

“Our government is committed to keeping Ontario workers and families safe and healthy, while protecting the environment while laying the foundation for a strong recovery and an even stronger future in the years ahead,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, MPP for Brampton South and Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. “That’s why we’ve been focused on ending complex and duplicative rules that stifle the entrepreneurial spirit and make it harder for our businesses to compete, grow and prosper – our proposed legislation would help businesses rebound from this very difficult period.”

The Spring Red Tape Reduction Package and our proposed Supporting Recovery and Competitiveness Act is the latest in a series of actions that continues our work to cut costly red tape, minimize existing barriers on business, and digitize processes to attract investment, create jobs, and support a long-term recovery plan. 

The proposed legislative changes in the act, along with other measures in the package, include: 

  • Helping consumers save money on electricity by making it easier for them to track their energy usage
  • Helping to ensure Ontario remains a global leader in the connected and automated vehicle industry by supporting innovative pilot programs – like consulting on adding new vehicle types such as automated farm vehicles, and removing certain restrictions around modified automated vehicles
  • Modernizing Ontario by bringing more processes and services online, including developing new applications that will allow online sticker renewal for heavy commercial vehicle licence plates in mid-2022
  • Enhancing protections for workers by strengthening policies that keep them safe – like reviewing the working at heights training program to improve standards for training content and delivery
  • Supporting the not-for-profit sector and other corporations by allowing them to continue to hold virtual meetings during the pandemic.

These measures are designed to spark competitiveness, support businesses, and help government deliver clear and effective rules that protect our environment and keep Ontario workers and families safe and healthy.

Continuing to improve Ontario’s regulatory framework is key to giving our businesses and communities the support they need during COVID-19 and beyond, and is critical to making Ontario work better for people and businesses alike. 

Our Spring Red Tape package and proposed legislation would help businesses rebound from this very difficult period.

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