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Ontario launches small businesses consultations

Feedback will help shape the Small Business Success Strategy

March 11, 2020  by CM Staff

On March 11, the Ontario government announced the launch of a new province-wide consultation to determine how it can help small businesses grow.

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.

The province says consultations will help provide the foundation for the development of its 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 Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction Prabmeet Sarkaria in a statement.

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“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 issues:

  • Lowering costs
  • Increasing exports
  • New technologies
  • Talent development
  • Succession planning and supporting entrepreneurship

In the coming months, the government will be holding a series of provincewide small business roundtables and is welcoming feedback from businesses online. Business owners can fill out an online survey and send in an email submission by Sept. 1, 2020.