Open for Business
Help Ontario Make Business Easier for the Food Processing Sector
Ontario is asking businesses and the public to help identify and
improve regulations that are unclear, outdated, redundant or unnecessarily
costly for the food processing sector.
Feedback can be provided online by visiting Ontario.ca/RedTapeChallenge,
a crowd-sourced platform that gives businesses and other interested
Ontarians the chance to review current regulations and suggest improvements.
The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2016.
Open for Business
Ontario is working with industry to help agri-food businesses be
more competitive and productive. The Open for Business strategy
encourages government and the agri-food sector to work together
to clear the path for business success. At a recent meeting of the
Open for Business Agri-Food Stakeholder Forum, the following changes
Nutrient Feedwater Regulation: This new regulation is making
it easier for greenhouse growers to comply with environmental
standards regarding the disposal of greenhouse nutrient feedwater
by streamlining environmental compliance and reducing the costs
and uncertainty of approvals. It promotes the reuse, and facilitates
the recycling of, greenhouse nutrient feedwater while providing
farmers with a new source of nutrients to fertilize their crops
and protecting the environment.
Regulation amendments: These amendments respond to industry
issues by creating more flexible, outcome-based regulatory requirements
and promoting competitiveness and innovation for the industry
without compromising food safety.
Digester regulation changes: Amendments to the Nutrient Management
Regulation will allow farm-based digesters to treat more off-farm
materials. This fulfills a commitment to increase renewable energy
generation, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and foster innovation
and economic opportunities in rural Ontario.
Other examples of red tape reduction include:
- Replacing two outdated regulations with a single regulation
that reflects current industry practices and maintains Ontario's
food safety standards. This made it easier for Ontario's egg producers
and grading and processing stations to get their product to market
and reassures consumers that the eggs they buy are safe.
- Streamlining packing and grading standards to give fruit and
vegetable growers and packers more choice in how they market their
products to meet new market demands.
- Updating provincial carcass grading regulations for veal so
that any meat plant - provincial or federal - would provide the
same, consistent, quality product to consumers, thereby enhancing
the reputation and competitiveness of Ontario's veal industry.
- Providing producers, processors and agri-food business with
easier access to needed information through a single phone number,
as part of our One Window initiative.
- Co-ordinating assistance to investors so that they can establish
and expand operations faster. Ministry staff are reviewing the
current approach to supporting investments in innovation and developing
options and recommendations.
For more information on how government and industry are working
together to create faster, smarter and streamlined government-to-business
services, see the Business
Sector Strategy: Agriculture and Agri-food.