Ontario government wants to snip red tape for businesses
Cutting red tape for businesses and consumers is top of the government’s agenda when the Ontario legislature resumes Monday.
According to government documents obtained by the Toronto Sun, Associate Small Business Minister Prabmeet Sarkaria will introduce the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act 2019 — wide-ranging legislation to eliminate what the government believes to be needless duplication and out-of-date regulations.
“Reducing Ontario’s regulatory burden is an important part of our government’s plan because getting this right matters to families, businesses and Ontario’s bottom line,” Sarkaria says in a ‘Message from the Minister.’
The documents included two examples of what was deemed redundant or archaic, but the bill will impact a broad range of industries including mining, agriculture, health and energy.
Hairdressers and barbers are covered by similar legislation as tattoo artists, tanning outfits and nail salons, the documents say.
They’re required to keep lists of client names and addresses and a designated sink for cleaning equipment.
The government heard in consultations that this was unnecessary and, in the case of keeping a dedicated log of customers, rarely followed.
The requirements will stay in place for tattoo, nail and tanning professionals for health reasons, the government says.
If the bill passes, the government would also allow pharmacists to submit electronically forms that now are required to be filled out manually.
If a pharmacist submits a claim to the provincial government for payment, and the patient fails to pick it up, then a claim reversal must be sent by paper if a seven-day period has passed.
Premier Doug Ford has called for $400 million in savings to be generated for businesses and individuals through red tape reduction by June 2020.
Sarkaria has told his staff that any changes to regulations and rules must not negatively impact the environment or the safety of the public or workers, the government says.