Premier Doug Ford’s first “open for business” border-crossing sign was unveiled in Sarnia near the Blue Water Bridge to Michigan Friday morning.
“Ontario is open for business and we want everyone to know it,” said Ford in a statement. “Signs that say ‘Ontario is Open for Business‘ will soon go up at border crossings across our province.”
I’m in Southwestern Ontario today, and my first stop was in Point Edward to see our new fantastic signs at the border, letting the world know that Ontario is open for business! pic.twitter.com/8GxbZBJU8o
— Doug Ford (@fordnation) November 2, 2018
The sign in Sarnia is one of 25 that will be unveiled near land border crossings throughout the province. The government is hoping to send a message to the world that “Ontario is a business-friendly province and can once again be the economic engine of Canada.”
“Businesses tell us that job growth starts with cutting the burdensome, job-killing red tape that drives investment and jobs out of Ontario,” said Ford. “If you’re prepared to work, then we believe you deserve a shot at a job.”
At the sign unveiling, Ford also highlighted how the government’s proposed Making Ontario Open for Business Act will, if passed, make it easier for Ontario employers to hire, and will ensure workers have easier access to jobs and career growth.
The act would eliminate what Ford calls, “job-killing regulations,” maintain Ontario’s current minimum wage at $14 per hour until 2020 and replace the ‘Personal Emergency Leave’ rules. Workers will be able to take up to three days for personal illness, two for bereavement and three for family responsibilities.
Additionally, the current provisions for domestic and sexual violence leave will be maintained.