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Prabmeet Sarkaria, associate minister of small business and red tape reduction in Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government, said consultations will undertaken this spring aimed at fulfilling a pledge to create a “provincial small business success strategy.”
“Over the last year, we’ve heard from small businesses that their concerns were ignored under the previous government,” Sarkaria said, referring the the sector as “the heart” of Ontario’s economy.?“Based on feedback from the business community, our government is taking action.”
The provincial Chamber of Commerce’s new small business friendliness indicator will become a regular feature in the Ontario Economic Report published each year by the Chamber, which has a mandate to support economic growth in Ontario by advancing business priorities to government on behalf of its 60,000 members ranging from small and medium-sized businesses to multinationals and industry associations.
This year’s report, the fourth, was released Wednesday, and identified infrastructure investment as the top business priority.
“Our members believe government can better support both businesses and communities by investing in the kind of infrastructure that contributes to the ‘industrial commons’ — the foundation of public investments that drive development and growth,” the report said.
“Expanding broadband access and upgrading rural road networks are two fundamental priorities for Ontario’s future competitiveness.”