Listening to Help Small Food Processors Do Business
Ontario continues to meet with small businesses to discuss their challenges and opportunities
TORONTO - Ontario's government is working hard to make it easier for the entire agri-food sector, including small food processors, to do business, grow and create jobs in Ontario.
Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, met with small food processors today to discuss how to expand their businesses. He also emphasized the government's commitment to reduce unnecessary red tape, while maintaining standards to help keep Ontario families safe and healthy.
The meeting focused on the challenges faced by small food processors, as well as hearing from them about opportunities for their success and growth. Listening to Ontario companies is part of the government's commitment to be open for business and open for jobs.
"Complicated forms, rules that aren't clear, being asked to repeat the same information more than once - all of these are examples of how government makes it difficult for businesses to operate," said Hardeman.
Small food processors are important markets for farmers. They also provide a source of local food and are a key part of rural communities across Ontario.
"There's no doubt red tape affects all businesses in Ontario, but not always in the same way," added Hardeman. "Size and sector are important factors as well, and I want to hear everyone's perspective. We want to make a difference for every business in our province - not just the big guys."
- A research paper from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy in Toronto shows Ontario has the highest cost of complying with regulations of any province — $33,000 per business per year. This is well above the $25,000 to $27,000 range in most other provinces.
- Minister Hardeman also held roundtables with larger food processors and northern meat plants.