The Making Ontario Open for Business Act will, if passed by Ontario’s Legislature, enable more Ontario employers to boost job creation and investment by cutting unnecessary regulations that are inefficient, inflexible and out of date, while maintaining standards to keep Ontarians safe and healthy.

Businesses told us that the Liberals created a regulatory burden that chased businesses and jobs out of Ontario,” said MPP Toby Barrett. 

“We can’t afford to ignore the problem any longer. This legislation is great for job creators, and great for any person looking to find work in Ontario. By reducing the red-tape burden, we are once again making Ontario one of the best places in the world to invest, and create jobs. And we believe that anybody who is prepared to work hard deserves a shot at a better job.”

The Making Ontario Open for Business Act will, if passed by Ontario’s Legislature, replace the former government’s 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’ disastrous Personal Emergency Leave rules and instead ensure workers 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.

At the heart of our plan is the conviction that Ontario can once again be a great place to invest, grow and create jobs,” Barrett said.

“We’re cutting red tape, creating new jobs and telling the world, loud and clear that Ontario is open for business.”