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Ontario Launches Small Businesses Consultations

Feedback will help shape the Small Business Success Strategy
March 12, 2020

Ontario is continuing to take action to build a more competitive business environment. Today, Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction joined by Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Jill Dunlop, Associate Minister of Children and Women's Issues, and Parliamentary Assistant Donna Skelly, announced the next step in engaging with Ontarians by launching a new provincewide consultation to determine how the government can help small businesses grow, compete and succeed.

The announcement occurred following a roundtable held in Toronto with 25 female entrepreneurs to highlight the fact that only 17% of small- and medium-sized businesses are owned or led by women in Ontario today. The consultations will help provide the foundation for the development of Ontario's Small Business Success Strategy. 

"Ontario is fortunate to have a vibrant small business community with hardworking entrepreneurs across our province who are willing to take chances and build competitive businesses," said Minister Sarkaria. "Building a business from the ground up and guiding its growth is no easy feat. We know our small businesses face unique challenges, and we're determined to hear directly from them -- to listen to their concerns and help them succeed in achieving their long-term goals. Their success is Ontario's success."

The consultations will focus on five key pillars:

In the coming months, the government will be holding a series of provincewide small business roundtables -- with participants ranging from manufacturers, agribusiness and professional service-providers, to tech and local community businesses. The government is also welcoming feedback from businesses online. Business owners can fill out an online survey and send in an email submission by September 1, 2020. Feedback received through the consultations will help shape the development of Ontario's Small Business Success Strategy.

"Every business starts small, and our government has a plan to create a more competitive landscape where all businesses and job creators can flourish," said Minister Fedeli. "These consultations will provide business owners with the opportunity to directly tell the government about what matters most to them, and what additional steps the government can take to help their businesses succeed."

The consultations will support the government's continued efforts to deliver on its core commitment to create a more competitive business environment as part of its Plan to Build Ontario Together.

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