New website is one of initiatives under Fewer Fees, Better Services Act
The Ontario government has revealed a new website to help entrepreneurs navigate starting a business in the province, the Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade announced.
Ontario.ca/business is part of the provincial government’s efforts to cut red tape, reduce “unnecessary” administrative and regulatory burdens, and provide access to information and services that entrepreneurs need to create jobs and grow their businesses. The new website is also one of the initiatives implemented under the Fewer Fees, Better Services Act, which received royal assent on Mar. 3.
In particular, the new website will help entrepreneurs register their businesses, apply for tax credits, and obtain free, personalized support and services, such as legal advice, training, mentorship, and grant opportunities.
“The launch of Ontario.ca/business signals that the province has listened to business owners and is raising the bar for customer service,” Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Vic Fedeli said.
Moreover, the new website will help entrepreneurs understand their rights as business owners and the rights of employers and employees in Ontario under the Employment Standards Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.
The new website also provides access to the Indigenous business development toolkit for Indigenous individuals intending to start or expand a business in the province. This toolkit includes a list of Indigenous financial institutions that can help them with their monetary needs and instructions on how to bid on government contracts that serve the needs of Indigenous people.
“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,” Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Nina Tangri said.