Let’s scrap unnecessary regulation
Much of our work at Queen’s Park is aimed at boosting the economy. For example, Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, will begin removing the burdens on job creators while preserving benefits for workers.
The goal is to reduce the regulatory burden for anyone willing to create jobs. Businesses should have confidence in predictable regulations, and workers should have the confidence of a good job and a safe workplace.
If you are prepared to work, then you deserve a shot at that job. Some of the big changes in Bill 47 respond to the needs of apprentices and employers to address the skills gaps and help people reach their full potential.
Businesses face high costs, long delays and lost work associated with regulation. Ontario has thousands of rules that business tell us do not make sense.
We will streamline, modernize and, in some cases, eliminate unnecessary regulations. We must keep the rules that protect people on matters like drinking water and working conditions. People want regulations that are easier to understand, written in plain language and requiring less paperwork.
We owe it to hard-working Ontarians to create a climate where Ontario businesses can be competitive with those across North America. This is especially important given the challeng- ing trade relationship with the U.S.
Over the past few years, many U.S. states have reduced the regulatory burden and achieved a rebound in manufacturing. Ontario has missed out. We have not seen net growth in manufacturing jobs since the recession in 2009. Ontario has lost manufacturing to states with a better business environment. When businesses leave for a better deal, it hurts all Ontarians economically.
By reducing the regulatory burden on businesses, apprentices and journeypersons and by closing the skills gap and increasing access to apprenticeships, we are making Ontario open for business, creating more high-paying jobs and making it easier for people to join the workplace.
Beyond Bill 47, our government plans to introduce a series of changes to improve Ontario’s business competitiveness. We are going to reduce the costs to job creators of complying with regulations, and we are going to make it easier for companies to do business with the government.
At the end of the day, over-regulation gives government a bad name, but, more important, it makes businesses think twice about investing in our province.
We are sending a clear signal Ontario is open for business by establishing one of the best regulatory service standards in North America. Our goal -- to make doing business cheaper and faster will create prosperity across Ontario and return the province to its place as the economic engine of Canada.