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 ontario.ca/RedTapeChallenge, 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
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