Ontario and Toronto Collaborating on Eight Burden Reduction Projects
Governments Working to Ease Burdens on Business
Ontario and Toronto are working together to make it faster, easier and cheaper to do business in Canada's biggest city.
In May 2015, the province formed a burden reduction working group with the City of Toronto to identify and remove regulatory and administrative barriers that stand in the way of economic growth. The working group's focus is on saving Toronto businesses time, money and effort without compromising public safety.
The working group has now identified eight burden reduction projects that will address the needs of various industries in Toronto. These projects will eliminate duplication, align program and service delivery, improve the business experience and enhance opportunities for new and existing companies. The eight projects are:
1. Coordinated childcare licensing approvals
2. Simplified land approvals processes
3. Better information sharing on licensed trades
4. Noise law alignment
5. Coordinated business information lines
6. Streamlined licensing for mobile businesses
7. Online licence and permit bundling for restaurants
8. A coordinated trade promotion and investment attraction strategy
This is another way Ontario is cutting red tape and reducing burdens province-wide, saving businesses $100 million by the end of 2017. The province will look to share best practices from this working group to improve the business climate across Ontario.
Reducing regulatory requirements to help businesses grow and stay competitive is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- The Association of Municipalities of Ontario is participating in the process to share lessons learned from the Ontario-Toronto working group with municipalities across the province.
- Ontario’s 2015 Burden Reduction Report features a total of $44 million in savings, building on $6 million identified in the 2014 report. This puts Ontario on track to reach its target of reducing business burden by $100 million at the end of 2017.
- Ontario joined British Columbia and Saskatchewan as the only provinces with regulatory reporting legislation when the Burden Reduction Reporting Act came into force in December 2014.
- The Canadian Federation of Independent Business ranked Ontario as one of the provinces making consistent progress in reducing regulatory burdens, scoring a B+ in its recent 2015 Red Tape Report Card.
- Ontario’s Regulatory Policy was updated in 2014 to include a mandatory review to regularly revisit, and if necessary, revoke outdated, unnecessary or redundant regulations.
“Ontario and Toronto’s historic cooperation will set the stage for burden reduction across the province on a larger scale. In a competitive global economy that is changing by the minute, businesses need governments that can keep pace. These projects will make it easier for business to get what it needs from government, while helping government work at the speed of business.”
“We need to make it easier to do business and create jobs in Toronto. I am focused on finding ways to say yes to business by cutting red tape that so often ties the hands of hardworking entrepreneurs. As Mayor, I’m committed to working with Minister Duguid and the Government of Ontario so we create a province-wide model for how to work with business at City Hall.”