(Toronto, December 12, 2019) – Today, Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released the following statement in response to the passing of Bill 132, the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act.

“As the indispensable partner of business, we support the government’s efforts with Bill 132 to develop a modern regulatory environment that is flexible and easy to navigate, keeping Ontario an attractive place for businesses to invest, grow and create high-quality jobs.”

“Key measures supported by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in Bill 132 include:

  • Reducing Red Tape for Drug Manufacturers and Pharmacies by digitizing and streamlining reporting requirements for drug manufacturers and pharmacists. These changes will help bring down administrative costs and help protect the competitiveness of Ontario’s health and life sciences sectors.
  • Expanding Alcohol Access in International Airports by permitting licenced bars and restaurants in certain commercial airports located after airport security to serve alcohol to customers 24 hours a day. We are pleased to see the Government of Ontario move forward in joining other airports around the world.
  • Improving the Regulatory Process for Ontario’s Mining Industry by requiring the government to acknowledge mine closure plan amendments within 45 days. This streamlined process will allow clients to merge mining claims and improve business certainty for proponents of the mining industry.
  • Streamlining Approvals for Ontario’s Forestry Industry by amending the Crown Forest Sustainability Act, 1994 to modernize the approvals process for cutting trees on Crown lands for non-forestry activities like electricity transmission lines and roads to far north communities.

“We look forward to continuing to work with government to improve and modernize Ontario’s regulatory environment.”

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