Cutting Red-Tape For Agri-Food
Industry - McGuinty Government Reduces Regulatory Burden, Improves
Services For Farms, Agri-Food Businesses
August 26, 2011
Ontario is taking action to improve the way farmers and agri-food businesses work with government by cutting red-tape.
Through the Open for Business strategy, the McGuinty government has reduced the number of regulatory burdens on the agri-food industry by 28 per cent. These include:
These and other commitments are included in the Business Sector Strategy: Agriculture and Agri-Food report, which responds to the sector's priorities for regulatory reform. The report was developed in partnership with the Ontario Federation of Agriculture.
Reducing the red-tape on our farmers and agri-food sector is part
of the McGuinty government's plan to create a more competitive environment
for businesses, while supporting jobs for Ontario families.
"This is another great example of how the McGuinty government is working with farmers and the agri-food sector. By working together to cut red-tape, we're making it easier for farmers to do business, growing our agi-food sector, and making sure that Ontario families can continue to enjoy the good things that grow in Ontario. "
- Carol Mitchell, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
"Through our Business Sector Strategy, we've established an open dialogue and collaborative relationship between government and key business stakeholders. We're reducing the regulatory burden in the province to save businesses both time and money, helping our economy to continue to turn the corner."
- Sandra Pupatello, Minister of Economic Development and Trade
"The Open for Business initiative demonstrates how positive change can take place quickly when industry and government work together with a common purpose. We are very pleased with the results. We congratulate the Ontario government for initiating real regulatory reform in our sector."
- Bette Jean Crews, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
- Ontario's farm outputs contributed $22 billion in gross economic stimulus to Ontario in 2009
- Ontario's $34 billion food and beverage processing sector, a vital part of the agri-food chain, employs more than 110,000 directly and over 100,000 Ontarians in related industries
- Open for Business is a government strategy to create a more open and responsive working relationship between business and government in order to generate economic growth, create jobs for Ontario families, and protect the public interest.
For more information:
Melissa Zanette, Minister's Office, 416-326-3071
Susan Murray, Communications Branch, 519-826-3145
|Creation Date:||03 August 2011|
|Last Reviewed:||26 August 2011|