Let’s scrap un­nec­es­sary reg­u­la­tion

Simcoe Reformer - - OPINION - Toby bar­rett Toby Bar­rett is the MPP for Haldimand-nor­folk.

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.

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