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Red Tape Challenge Set to Boost Ontario’s Booming Tourism Industry

Take Part in the Red Tape Challenge by March 31

February 14, 2018

Ontario is asking businesses and the public for their input on modernizing current regulations in Scarborough-Guildwood to further boost the tourism sector.

This input will be used to help make it simpler for businesses to interact with government, innovate and grow, without jeopardizing essential standards that protect the public interest. 

Each year, millions of tourists visit Ontario, the largest, most accessible market in North America. In 2015, Ontario’s tourism industry, which includes 180,000 tourism-related businesses and employs 389,000 people, generated over $32.3 billion in economic activity.

Feedback can be provided by visiting, a crowd-sourced platform that gives businesses and other interested Ontarians the 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.


“We want to ensure Ontario’s tourism sector can continue to thrive and grow. We can do that by reducing barriers to doing business here without compromising the public interest. That’s why we are asking the public and tourism business owners for input to help promote growth and strengthen Ontario’s economy.”

—  Steven Del Duca, Minister of Economic Development and Growth 

“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.”

— Daiene Vernile, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport 


  • Tourism is the sixth sector of focus for the Red Tape Challenge. Previous sectors included automotive parts manufacturing, food processing, financial services, mining and chemical manufacturing. 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 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 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.
  • The Red Tape Challenge is part of Ontario’s five-year, $650 million Business Growth Initiative, which is helping to grow the economy and create jobs by promoting an innovation-based economy, helping small companies to scale up and modernizing regulations for businesses.
  • To support Ontario businesses and reduce regulatory burden, Ontario has a new act called the Reducing Regulatory Costs for Business Act, 2017, which came into effect on January 1, 2018. The new act includes five burden reduction initiatives that will result in cost reductions for business and will support delivery of commitments made through the Red Tape Challenge.


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