PC Government Cutting Red Tape to Spur Job Creation

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New Making Ontario Open for Business Act Will Reduce the Regulatory Burden and Get Out of the Way of Business Creating Jobs


Queen’s Park — Oakville North-Burlington MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos welcomed the Making Ontario Open for Business Act introduced in the legislature yesterday. The bill, if passed, will reduce the burden of red tape on businesses and workers, protecting and creating jobs across the province, while preserving standards that protect health and safety.

“All through the election, businesses in Oakville North-Burlington told me that the weight of government red tape was costing them money and time. Many seriously considered moving their business out of Ontario,” said MPP Triantafilopoulos. “For fifteen years, the Ontario Liberals burdened Ontario with more and more red tape every year. The Liberals were fixated on job regulation, instead of job creation.”

The Making Ontario Open for Business Act will, if passed by Ontario’s Legislature, replace the Liberals’ unaffordable minimum wage scheme with one that remains at $14 per hour until 2020, at which point it will rise with inflation.  The Act will also replace the Liberals’ job-killing Personal Emergency Leave rules, introduced only last year. Our bill will guarantee workers that they will be able to take up to three days for personal illness, two for bereavement and three for family responsibilities while maintaining leave provisions for victims of domestic or sexual violence.

The Act will also open up jobs for Ontarians interested in the skilled trades by reducing journeyman-to-apprenticeship ratios at one-to-one and winding down the complex, job killing bureaucracy at the Ontario College of Trades.

“The Making Ontario Open for Business Act will help businesses to create new jobs that are good jobs. We want our businesses to prosper and believe that anyone who works hard deserves a good job,” said MPP Triantafilopoulos. “Our competitors in the United States and other provinces are cutting red tape for businesses. If we don’t cut red tape in Ontario many of our best businesses may choose to leave, taking thousands of jobs with them.”

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