Registry streamlines government services for small businesses and nonprofits

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Entries or deposits that were previously submitted by mail or fax can now be made instantly via the online registry

PRESS RELEASE
ANDREA KHANJIN RIDING OFFICE, BARRIE-INNISFIL MPP
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On October 19, Ross Romano, Minister of Government and Consumer Services, along with Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, launched the new Ontario Business Register, making it more easier, simpler and more affordable for millions of businesses and nonprofits to access government services.

Ontario’s new Business Register replaces an outdated and inefficient process, giving business owners and not-for-profit operators direct access to government services, available online 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Registrations or filings that were previously submitted by mail or fax, taking four to six weeks, can now be done instantly through the online registry. Annual returns can also be filled out in the register, which means companies can keep all of their important documents in one place. In addition, the new Ontario Business Register is integrated with the Canada Revenue Agency, allowing the identification of a business or not-for-profit corporation by a single business number, further streamlining the procedures. administrative processes.

This is in addition to the announcement made on October 4 that the Procurement Ontario website is now live. This is part of Ontario’s plan to address the challenges facing our supply chain system. Supply Ontario will operate as a modern and efficient single supply chain organization for the Ontario Public Service, BPS and Healthcare. The website includes information on Procurement Ontario’s vision and priorities, the organization and its progress to date. The website will be the go-to source for updates and news as we establish Supply Ontario and work together to harness the purchasing power of Ontario to enable economic development, resilience across the province. and value to Ontarians.

“The Ontario government is committed to cutting red tape,” said MPP Andrea Khanjin. “With the launch of the new Ontario Business Register, as well as the recent launch of the Procurement Ontario website, the Ontario government is making it easier than ever to access government services. As Supply Ontario becomes established, this will benefit many of our local manufacturers by making it easier to sell to the public sector.

“Ontario’s three-decade-old business registry system was cumbersome and complex, demanding a lot of time and energy from business owners and not-for-profit operators. Our government’s new business registry will help ensure that they are equipped to meet the needs of our modern economy and the growing digital world, ”said Minister Romano. “By providing quick and easy access to essential online services, we are leveraging our advanced digital capabilities to remove unnecessary barriers and make it easier for Ontarians to operate in our province.

For the first time ever, whether it’s starting, maintaining or dissolving a business, the new registry will support businesses and nonprofits through every stage of their lifecycle with quick and easy access. to over 90 online transactions.

“The Ontario Business Register is an important step forward for small businesses in Ontario. We know how much time and sacrifice it takes to run a business and by digitizing services, we are helping to ease the burden on owners and operators, ”said Minister Nina Tangri, Associate Minister of Small Business and Reduction. paperwork. “Modernizing government services will reduce unnecessary burdens and help accelerate business growth across the province. “

Along with the launch of the new Ontario Business Register, the Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 also came into force on October 19. This legislative framework modernizes the governance of Ontario’s not-for-profit corporations and significantly reduces the bureaucratic burden on them, moving from paper-based reporting to digital services and providing greater flexibility. Not previously available in our province, Ontario nonprofits will be able to access an online government system, eliminating duplication of paperwork and other redundancies. It will also allow nonprofits to have features like predefined text that will support their operations, helping users submit information without error and reducing legal fees.

Ontario businesses and not-for-profit corporations can visit Ontario.ca/Business Register for more information and to access the Ontario Business Register.

Direct access to the Ontario Business Register will extend to intermediaries such as legal professionals, accountants and research firms in the future. Feedback sessions are underway to support future harmonization and intermediate use of the Ontario Business Register.

Dye & Durham Corporation and ESC Corporate Services Ltd. will continue to provide their services through the Ontario Business Register.

The Not-for-Profit Corporations Act, 2010 received Royal Assent on October 25, 2010, but could not come into force until the launch of the Ontario Business Register.

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