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Ontario is Making it Easier to Start a Business

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Ontario is Making it Easier to Start a Business

New online website helps entrepreneurs launch faster

April 12, 2022
Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

TORONTO — The Ontario government is making it easier to start and grow a business with the launch of the new Ontario.ca/business website. The website is one of the initiatives being implemented as part of the Fewer Fees, Better Services Act, which received Royal Assent on March 3, 2022, and builds on successive efforts to cut red tape and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens for businesses.

“We’re working toward making it easier for entrepreneurs and growing businesses to navigate, access, and find the information they need to open their doors for business,” said Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction. “With the launch of the new website, we’re taking the first step toward a holistic, start-to-finish approach to allow entrepreneurs to more effectively interact with government in meeting the requirements to get their business up and running.”

This new resource is the first step towards creating a single window for business that will reduce administrative burdens and make it easier for Ontario business owners and entrepreneurs to access the information and services they need to get up-and-running, create jobs, and grow their business.

“We heard from the business community that it can be overwhelming to find information on how to start a business in Ontario,” said Kaleed Rasheed, Associate Minister of Digital Government. “Our government listened and created Ontario.ca/Business with consolidated information to make it easier for entrepreneurs to navigate the process of starting a business, so they can pursue their dreams faster and help build a stronger Ontario.”

Over time, the website will develop into an intuitive, predictable and transparent source of information needed for new and growing businesses, with new tools added to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and business owners. This will take the confusion out of completing necessary paperwork and permits, including some that will be backed with a service guarantee.

“The launch of Ontario.ca/business signals that the province has listened to business owners and is raising the bar for customer service,” said Vic Fedeli, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. “We’re going to take the guess work out of starting a business in Ontario by using modern technology and design to remove obstacles that unnecessarily complicate the business application process.”

Quick Facts

  • This initiative is one way that the Government of Ontario is acting on the Building a Digital Ontario strategy. Released last year, the strategy lays the groundwork for Ontario’s long-term digital and data transformation, including the adoption of new digital tools.
  • The Fewer Fees, Better Services Act, passed on March 3rd, will make it easier and quicker for Ontario entrepreneurs to start a business, and for businesses to access government services.
  • Government of Ontario has renewed its commitment to young entrepreneurs, aged 18 – 39, with the support of a $1 million investment in Futurpreneur Canada. Futurpreneur is a non-profit organization helping Canadians become business owners with loan financing, mentoring and business resources.
  • Ontario is investing $5 million over two years in a targeted program for Indigenous, Black and other racialized entrepreneurs to start or grow their business. The Racialized and Indigenous Supports for Entrepreneurs (RAISE) Grant helps to remove systemic barriers by providing funding, training, and culturally relevant services to entrepreneurs. RAISE is administered through the Digital Mainsteet program.

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“Today’s announcement of the Single Windows website is fantastic news for entrepreneurs across Ontario. By consolidating all of these essential resources in one place and providing easily accessible pathways to the most relevant tools for their needs, this website will save entrepreneurs time that they can then use to grow and improve their businesses. Small business owners are the backbone of Ontario’s economy, especially today, as they lead our economic recovery from the pandemic. In addition to this welcomed announcement, the province’s recent investment of $1 million into Futurpreneur’s Startup Program will ensure that entrepreneurs have the resources, financing and mentorship they need to launch new successful businesses, create jobs, and contribute to sustainable economic prosperity in their communities and throughout Ontario.”

– Karen Greve Young
CEO, Futurpreneur

Media Contacts

Corey Michaels
Office of the Associate Minister of Small Business
and Red Tape Reduction
Corey.Michaels@ontario.ca

Kwok Wong
Communications Branch, Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Kwok.Wong@ontario.ca
647-504-2774

Amanda Brodhagen
Office of the Associate Minister of Digital Government
Amanda.Brodhagen1@ontario.ca

Scott Blodgett
Communications Branch, Ministry of Finance
416-728-9791
Scott.Blodgett@ontario.ca

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PAMA is gradually re-opening starting April 7, 2022

PAMA is gradually re-opening starting April 7, 2022

Admission

General admission to PAMA is free to the public for a limited time during the closure of the Museum and Archives. Donations are appreciated.

What is open?

  • The Art Gallery: Power Play: Hockey in Contemporary Arton now – June 12 (follow link to tour virtually but it is even better in-person!)
  • Courthouse – tours will be available upon request at the art gallery front desk.
  • Lounge– available for visitors to sit and enjoy snacks brought from home. Please note PAMA does have a small selection of snacks items and drinks available for sale at the art gallery front desk.

What is not open?

  • Studio 1 and 2in the art gallery building.
  • Museum (which includes the Jail and Manning Square) and Archives will remain closed until Winter 2022/23 due to the airflow upgrade construction project.

Welcome Back! PAMA's Art Gallery and Courthouse will reopen on Thursday April 7. Explore the new Power Play: hockey in contemporary art exhibition and participate in some family fun drop-in activities this month.

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City of Brampton launches Welcoming Streets Pilot Program with local partners

BRAMPTON, ON (March 3, 2022) – The City of Brampton continues to take steps to improve its downtown with the launch of the 12-month Welcoming Streets Pilot Program for Downtown Brampton.

The Welcoming Streets Pilot Program aims to provide targeted street outreach services to individuals in Downtown Brampton, addressing the needs of local residents and businesses and helping to improve safety.

Through the program, “Welcoming Streets Leaders” will support Downtown Brampton businesses. Leaders will respond to requests for assistance with situations that do not require the help of Peel Regional Police such as individuals in distress, engage and build relationships with individuals living in the downtown, and refer those in need to support services they might require. The Leaders will be located in the Downtown Brampton Projects Centre located on the ground floor of City Hall, 2 Wellington Street West.

According to the Region of Peel, there were 4,566 people experiencing homelessness in Peel in 2020. In June 2021, the Region of Peel approved $250,000 in funding for the program, a partnership between the City and the Region of Peel, and supported by the Downtown Brampton BIA, Peel Regional Police, Regeneration Outreach Community and Canadian Mental Health Association Peel Dufferin.

To learn more about the Welcoming Streets Pilot Program, visit brampton.ca/downtownbrampton.

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“Together with our partners, we continue to make great strides in improving our Downtown so that it is a safe, inclusive and thriving space for our businesses and residents. The Welcoming Streets Pilot Program will be a great support for our local residents and businesses located in the downtown. We look forward to seeing the results of this 12-month pilot.”

  • Patrick Brown, Mayor, City of Brampton

 Our Downtown Brampton businesses have been greatly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and the City is supporting them in every way we can as they work towards recovery. By improving opportunities to create safer and healthier public spaces, we will make our downtown more welcoming for all. Thank you to our partners for supporting us with the Welcoming Streets Pilot Program.”

  • Martin Medeiros, Regional Councillor, Wards 3 & 4, Chair, Economic Development, City of Brampton

“Public safety is essential for a welcoming, thriving downtown, and the City is dedicated to working with our businesses and residents to address safety-related concerns. Together with our partners, we are excited to deliver the Welcoming Streets Pilot Program and evaluate the results in twelve months’ time.”

  • Paul Vicente, Regional Councillor, Wards 1&5; Vice-Chair, Economic Development, City of Brampton

 “At the City, we are committed to transforming our downtown so that our businesses can thrive and our residents have enhanced public spaces to live, work and play. Safety plays a key role in this, and the Welcoming Streets Pilot Program will help us respond to related concerns and support residents living in the area.”

  • Richard Forward, Commissioner, Planning, Building and Economic Development, City of Brampton

“The Welcoming Streets Pilot Program is the result of great collaboration. I’m pleased to support the launch of this pilot in Brampton, to ensure the downtown is a more welcoming place for residents and businesses.”

  • Nando Iannicca, Region of Peel, Regional Chair

“Peel Regional Police are pleased to support the launch of the Welcoming Streets Program. We have advocated for upstream approaches to help alleviate non-urgent interactions with those in crisis and in need of support services, and this pilot project by the City of Brampton and the Region of Peel is an excellent example of one of those approaches. We look forward to working with our partners to enhance the welcoming atmosphere of Downtown Brampton.”

  • Nishan Duraiappah, Chief of Police, Peel Regional Police

 “The Downtown Brampton BIA is excited to see the Welcoming Streets Pilot Program come to life. This program will provide a great support for our businesses, and help to make Downtown Brampton a safer and inclusive place for all to enjoy.”

  • Suzy Godefroy, Executive Director, Downtown Brampton Business Improvement Area (BIA)

As one of the fastest-growing cities in Canada, Brampton is home to more than 700,000 people and 75,000 businesses. People are at the heart of everything we do. We are energized by our diverse communities, we attract investment, and we are embarking on a journey to lead technological and environmental innovation. We partner for progress to build a healthy city that is safe, sustainable and successful. Connect with us on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram. Learn more at www.brampton.ca.

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