BRACEBRIDGE, ONTARIO: Norman Miller, MPP for Parry Sound-Muskoka, spent time touring local businesses and holding a small business roundtable to hear how the Ford Government can reduce unnecessary regulations and make sure Ontario is open for business.
On Tuesday Miller visited Kropf Industrial, a manufacturer of hydraulic boat handling equipment, floating dock systems and floating aquaculture pens, and then Aqua Cage, a rainbow trout farm that uses Kropf’s floating fish pens, both in Parry Sound.
“Kropf is a perfect example of a local manufacturer that has created a great business right here based on the products that are needed in this area,” said Miller. “While their products are shipped all over, their location here in cottage country means many of the products made in their 24,000 square-foot facility are used at local marinas and other businesses.”
Then on Wednesday, Miller was joined by MPP Michael Parsa, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, to meet with a dozen local business owners to discuss how government could make it easier to run a successful business in Ontario.
“It was a great discussion and I learned about a lot of regulatory issues that are impacting businesses and job creators here in Parry Sound-Muskoka,” said Miller. “I will be following up on these ideas with the ministers responsible and I am confident we can cut some of this red tape.”
One of the issues facing a lot of businesses in the area, particularly those in construction related fields, is a skilled labour shortage. Miller is hopeful that the changes to the apprenticeship system proposed in Bill 47, the Make Ontario Open for Business Act, will help alleviate that shortage.
This discussion built on the response Miller received to his second annual business survey which he sent out to about 3,000 businesses in September. The ideas in those responses will also be shared in hopes of making it a little easier to run a successful business here in Ontario.