Ontario’s government has announced a proposal to streamline and modernize the Farm Business Registration Program by moving the program to electronic delivery and a simplified registration process.
The proposal to reduce red tape for farmers is part of the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, the second in a series of bills targeted at getting government “out of the way of the job creators.” It follows the introduction and passage of the Making Ontario Open for Business Act last fall.
“Ontario’s farmers and farm businesses are among the many impacted by burdensome, unnecessary government red tape,” says Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. “I am pleased to be working to remove many of these barriers to business growth and job creation in the agricultural sector. In fact, we are looking to do even more as we work with the sector to find additional areas for the government to address so they can focus on growing their businesses.”
This proposal is among the more than 30 red tape and regulatory reductions recently announced by the provincial government.
Ontario’s agri-food sector supports more than 822,000 jobs and contributes more than $39 billion towards the province’s economy.