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  • February 26, 2017

Ontario Making Business Easier for the Food Processing Sector

Visit to Share Your Feedback by September 30

Ontario is asking businesses and the public in Brampton help identify and improve regulations

that are unclear, outdated, redundant or unnecessarily costly for the food processing sector.

Feedback can be provided online by visiting, a crowd-sourced

platform that gives businesses and other interested Ontarians the chance to review current

regulations and suggest improvements. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2016.

Comments received will help lessen compliance burdens, shorten response times and make it

simpler for businesses to interact with government, without jeopardizing essential health and

safety standards.

Ontario has some of the most stringent food safety standards in North America, and the

government is committed to maintaining and strengthening these standards through robust,

efficient regulations that protect public health as well as enhance the competitiveness of the

province’s food processing sector.

The Red Tape Challenge is part of Ontario’s five-year, $400 million Business Growth Initiative,

which is helping to grow the economy and create jobs by promoting an innovation-based

economy, helping small companies to scale up and modernizing regulations for businesses.

Reducing regulatory burden is part of the government’s economic plan to build Ontario up and

deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. The four-part plan

includes helping more people get and create the jobs of the future by expanding access to high-

quality college and university education. The plan is making the largest infrastructure investment

in hospitals, schools, roads, bridges and transit in Ontario’s history and is investing in a low-

carbon economy driven by innovative, high-growth, export-oriented businesses. The plan is also

helping working Ontarians achieve a more secure retirement.


“We want to ensure Ontario’s food processing industry continues to thrive and is primed to

grow. We can do that by reducing barriers to doing business here without compromising the

health and safety of the workers or the public. That’s why we are asking the public and food

processing business owners for input to help promote growth and strengthen Ontario’s


— Brad Duguid, Minister of Economic Development and Growth

“There are thousands of food processors in Ontario who are an integral part of our province’s

world renowned agri-food sector. We will listen to food and beverage processors and remove

barriers to their growth and success, while ensuring Ontario's world-class food safety standards

are upheld. We will continue to work to achieve the Premier’s Agri-Food Challenge to create

120,000 new jobs and double the sector’s growth rate by 2020.”

— Jeff Leal, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

“The Red Tape Challenge is a perfect way to ask those who work in the food processing sector

about what redundant or unnecessary regulations need to be changed. Through this two-year

consultation program, we will reduce the cumulative regulatory burden on businesses

throughout the province."   

— Harinder Malhi, MPP, Brampton Springdale

“Food & Consumer Products of Canada (FCPC) and its member companies applaud the

government for the Red Tape Challenge initiative. As the second largest employer in

manufacturing in Ontario, food processing is an important contributor to the province’s

communities and its economic growth. Regulatory modernization is essential to catalyzing the

innovation and R&D needed to grow this important sector and help our companies compete in

global markets.”

— Michelle Saunders, Vice President, Provincial & Territorial Affairs, Food & Consumer

Products of Canada



 The food processing, beverage and tobacco industry contributed 2 per cent ($12.1 billion) in

GDP to Ontario’s economy in 2015.


 A consultation on the auto parts manufacturing sector was completed in June 2016 with

almost 200 high quality submissions. The final plan for this sector will be available this

November. Future rounds of consultations will focus on financial services, mining, chemical

manufacturing and forestry.

 The Red Tape Challenge is part of the province’s Open Government commitment to create

a more transparent, accessible and collaborative government for the people of Ontario.

 Ontario’s 2016 Burden Reduction Report highlighted significant progress, featuring 26

initiatives across government and identified that the government’s burden reduction efforts

have saved businesses a total of $122 million since 2011, surpassing the province’s goal to

save businesses $100 million by 2017.

 In recognition of the province’s efforts to reduce red tape, the Canadian Federation of

Independent Business (CFIB) awarded the province a B+ grade — the second highest

grade in Canada — as part of its annual Red Tape Awareness Week.

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