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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Ontario Launches Red Tape Reduction Website to Hear Directly from Local Businesses

The Ontario government has launched a new website that will make it easier for businesses to help make the province open for business and open for jobs by inviting them to submit their ideas on modernizing regulations and reducing red tape.

Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, officially launched the new website, October 18, 2019, at the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Annual Manufacturing Conference. The webpage will provide a simple, straightforward way for businesses to contact the government with their regulatory concerns.

“We want businesses to tell us directly how we can continue to reduce their regulatory burden, and make Ontario work smarter for them, in order to help make them be more competitive and support greater investment in Ontario,” said Associate Minister Sarkaria.

“The regulatory knot that was stifling business wasn’t tied overnight. Untying it carefully and effectively will take time and persistence, and we will get the job done.”

“We invite Niagara business to share their ideas on modernizing regulations by providing input on the new webpage,” noted Sam Oosterhoff, MPP for Niagara West.

“We know local businesses work hard to find efficiencies and cost savings in their operations, and government should do the same.”

The new webpage can be found at

The Ontario government has taken more than 100 actions to modernize and streamline regulations, reducing overlap with the federal government and municipalities, updating old requirements and simplifying complicated rules.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario’s Open for Business Action Plan has set a target of reducing the cost of complying with regulations affecting businesses by $400 million annually by 2020 to help business keep, grow and create good jobs.
  • Since June 2018, employment in Ontario has risen by 272,400.
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