The province of Ontario is continuing with its ongoing “Red Tape Challenge” and has reached out to members of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce for help in finding ways to eliminate duplication, shorten response times and make it easier for business to interact with government.
As mentioned a few weeks ago, hearing about examples of how bureaucracy has negatively impacted productivity is part of the overall strategy.
But the government is tackling seven specific sectors between 2016 and 2019 in order to make sure the business community, including those connected with the local Chamber, has an opportunity to advise which rules should stay, which need an update, and which should be eliminated.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is taking a leadership role in helping to promote the Red Tape Challenge and the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce is part of that initiative through its membership in the Chamber Network.
The latest sector the government is focused on is Tourism, with the comment period running now through March 31, 2018.
Four of the seven sectors have already been completed as part of the Red Tape Challenge. They include:
—Auto parts manufacturing;
—Financial services; and
Work in identifying Red Tape in the Chemical Manufacturing sector is still ongoing.
With Tourism underway, the final sector to be examined will be Forestry, the review of which is expected to take place in Spring 2019.
Feedback on the Red Tape Challenge is encouraged. The link, where businesses can participate can be found HERE.