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Ontario seeks public input to modernize chemical manufacturing regulations


August 2, 2017
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

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Aug. 2, 2017 – Ontario is asking businesses and the public to help identify and improve regulations that are unclear, outdated, redundant or unnecessarily costly for the province’s chemical manufacturing sector.

Feedback can be provided online by visiting ontario.ca/RedTapeChallenge. This crowd-sourced platform gives businesses and others interested a chance to review current regulations and suggest improvements. The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2017.

Input received will help make it easier for businesses to interact with government, innovate, and grow without jeopardizing necessary standards that protect the public interest, notes the provincial government.

According to the province, Ontario’s chemical manufacturing sector is the largest in the country, employing 29,000 people, and is a key employer in Sarnia, the Greater Toronto Area, Niagara and eastern Ontario. It is the fourth-largest manufacturing sector in Ontario, with 2016 shipments of $16.2 billion.

Chemical manufacturing is the fifth sector of focus for the Red Tape Challenge. Previous rounds focused on the automotive parts manufacturing, food processing, financial services and mining sectors. Future consultations will focus on forestry and tourism.