Doug Ford Will Cut Red Tape To Create Good Jobs

Published on May 24, 2018

Will implement Customer Service Guarantee for all government approvals with a one-year deadline for final decisions

 

TILLSONBURG — Doug Ford today announced another major part of his plan to create jobs in Ontario – a customer service guarantee for those creating good jobs and investing in Ontario’s future.

“Under Kathleen Wynne, good jobs aren’t being created, at least not in Ontario,” said Ford. “As I travel the province I keep hearing about one big reason – because it takes so long to get approval to start or grow a business in Ontario.”

 

Ford announced that, as part of his Customer Service Guarantee, an Ontario PC Government will introduce ‘single-window’ access for all provincial approvals.

 

This means that for every ministry and every agency there will be one phone number and one website that you can access in order to get all of the approvals you need to create jobs — no guesswork or expensive lobbying required,” said Ford.

 

Ford also announced a hard deadline of one year for the government to make a decision on permits. “There is no reason why any government approval should ever take longer than a single calendar year,” Ford explained. “That is plenty of time to hold consultations and perform whatever reviews or assessments necessary. If a project won’t be approved, then tell people, so they can move on. Don’t leave them hanging.”

 

Ford contrasted his approach with that of the other two parties which are competing with each other to pile on more and more red tape.

 

“There are many reasons why more than 300,000 manufacturing jobs have fled Ontario under Kathleen Wynne but, without question, the increase in red tape and regulations is at the top of the list,” said Ford. “As for the NDP, they believe that the only good ideas come from government. The NDP is committed to piling on more regulations and more obstacles that will shut Ontario businesses down.”

 

“For me, it is simple, if you have a good idea, I want to help you create jobs,” concluded Ford. “It’s time for a government that works for the people. On June 8th we will make Ontario open for business once again. Change is coming and help is on the way.”

  

Backgrounder – One Window for Approvals

  • The Wynne Liberals have attacked Ontario businesses and families with intrusive and economically destructive regulations. For instance, Ontario has 380,000 regulations – almost double that of some other provinces.[1]

 

  • Businesses and developers in Ontario often encounter duplicative approval processes, which results in unnecessary delays, and hinders productivity and innovation.

 

  • In fact, the Canadian Federation of Independent Business found that regulations in Ontario cost businesses $15 billion in 2017 – more than double the amount for any Canadian province – with small businesses facing the greatest impact.[2]

 

  • There are numerous stories of business owners facing extensive red tape and delays due to government regulations. For instance, some auto parts firms have to conform to 1,500 government regulations, and some mining companies have waited over eight-years for approval of a term of reference for a project. [3]

 

  • There is no correlation between the size of the regulatory burden and the standards they are supposed to enforce. Having high standards doesn’t mean taking years to make a decision, or forcing businesses to engage in unnecessary, convoluted regulatory and legislative requirements.

 

How We Will Fix It:

  • A Doug Ford Ontario PC Government will introduce a customer service guarantee: a single window access for all government approvals. Decisions on all government approvals, including reviews and assessments, will have a hard deadline of one year.

 

  • This will be implemented by expanding the ‘Small Business Access Initiative’ to assist all businesses with navigating Ontario’s regulatory frameworks and will ensure that the province’s job creators get timely decisions on applications.

 

  • Under this policy, the Ontario PCs will remain committed to meeting the province’s duty to consult with First Nations and Métis communities on decisions or actions that may adversely impact Indigenous or treaty rights.

 

  • The customer service guarantee is part of the Ontario PCs plan to bring good jobs to Ontario. This plan includes:
    • Stabilizing industrial hydro rates through a package of aggressive reforms.
    • Lowering business taxes from 11.5 percent to 10.5 percent so that more employers can invest, grow and create jobs in Ontario.
    • Helping small businesses by reducing the small business tax rate by 8.7 percent.
    • Cutting the red tape and stifling regulations that are crippling job creation and growth.
    • Reducing the provincial fuel tax to 9 cents per litre for gasoline and diesel. This is a decrease from the current 14.7 cents per litre for gasoline, and 14.3 cents per litre for diesel.

 

[1] https://www.thestar.com/news/queenspark/2015/11/12/privatization-czar-ed-clark-urges-a-cut-in-red-tape-to-boost-business-inontario.html

[2] https://www.cfib-fcei.ca/sites/default/files/2018-01/Cost-Red-Tape-Snapshot-2018_0.pdf

[3] http://lfpress.com/2016/05/11/ontario-companies-challenged-by-rising-energy-prices-and-myriad-of-regulations/wcm/70609f7e-8b93-9c26-691c-8dc89981fc47;http://www.timminspress.com/2016/04/07/approval-process-going-too-slow-for-gowest.