A recent announcement by the Ontario Government that lawmakers have passed its “Better for People, Smarter for Business Act, 2019” is evidence that ongoing advocacy efforts by Chambers of Commerce, including the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, are producing positive results.

The Act is said to be part of the government’s signature package to address red tape and modernize regulations to make life easier for people and businesses, according to government officials.

“Many regulations are in place for good reasons,” said MPP Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria, associate minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction for the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “But at the same time, decades of government regulation have resulted in rules that are duplicative, outdated or unclear, causing businesses to spend time and money complying with rules that simply could be better. We’re ensuring that Ontario’s regulations are effective, targeted, clear and focused—while maintaining Ontario’s high standards.”

Shirley de Silva, president and CEO of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, said the government’s legislative initiative follows substantial and consistent advocacy efforts on behalf of local Chamber members over the last few months and which will continue throughout 2020.

“We know how important it is to keep the principles of free enterprise in full view of those who create the framework under which businesses of every size must operate,” said de Silva. “When governments respond, as they have done with this reduction of red tape strategy, it shows that we’re on the right track.’