Cutting Red Tape to Boost Ontario's Booming Tourism Sector
Province Asking for Public Input on Regulatory Modernization
Ontario is asking businesses and the public for their input on modernizing current regulations to further boost Ontario's bustling tourism sector.
Millions of tourists spend billions of dollars each year in Ontario; in 2015 Ontario's tourism industry supported 389,000 jobs and generated over $32.3 billion in economic activity in the province. The insights gained from this consultation will help the government make it easier for tourism sector businesses to interact with government, innovate and grow without jeopardizing necessary standards that protect the public interest.
Businesses and other interested parties can provide feedback online at ontario.ca/RedTapeChallenge. This crowd-sourced platform gives users a chance to review current regulations and suggest improvements. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2018.
Reducing regulatory burden on businesses is part of Ontario's plan to create fairness and opportunity during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, easier access to affordable child care, and free prescription drugs for everyone under 25 through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation.
- Tourism is the sixth sector of focus for the Red Tape Challenge. Previous rounds focused on the automotive parts manufacturing, food processing, financial services, mining and chemical manufacturing sectors. The final consultation will focus on forestry.
- As part of the Strategic Framework for Tourism in Ontario, released in November 2016, the Ontario government identified improving regulations as a key priority for the tourism industry, to help foster an innovative and dynamic business climate, and maximize the growth of Ontario’s tourism sector.
- The final report on the automotive parts manufacturing sector was released on November 30, 2016. It identified 79 potential opportunities for improvement. Of these, 63 are being acted upon.
- The final report on the food processing sector was released on March 31, 2017. It identified 57 opportunities for action. Of these, 26 are being acted upon in the next three years.
- The final report on the financial services sector was released on August 8, 2017. It identified 71 opportunities for action. Of these, 12 are being acted upon in the next three years.
- The final report on the mining sector was released on December 20, 2017. It identified 93 opportunities for action. Of these, 26 are being acted upon in the next three years.
- Ontario’s 2017 Burden Reduction Report features 20 government initiatives, including eight new projects that resulted in $22.5 million in cost savings for businesses, and an additional $6.8 million saved through six previously announced projects with ongoing impacts. Total savings since 2011 amount to $152 million and 6.5 million hours — surpassing by more than 50 per cent the government’s target of saving $100 million by the end of 2017.
“We want to ensure that Ontario’s tourism industry continues to thrive and grow by reducing barriers to doing business, without compromising public safety. That’s why we are asking for input from those who work in the tourism sector as well as the public.”
“Through the Red Tape Challenge, we are seeking feedback on ways to reduce red tape and modernize the tourism sector. Our tourism industry is a significant economic driver, a creator of jobs and a key contributor to our cultural vitality and quality of life. This work builds on our Strategic Framework for Tourism in Ontario, which aims to ensure that the tourism industry is best positioned for success here in Ontario and in the global market. I invite people to take the challenge and to let us know how we can reduce barriers to doing business.”