Ontario government set to allow more dogs in restaurants in Mississauga


Ontario says it’s attempting to make life easier for small business owners through a series of regulatory changes—and one such change will definitely appeal to those with furry friends. 

Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, announced a package of 80 proposals that will allow the provincial government to eliminate outdated regulations for businesses, and streamline existing ones in need of updates.

If passed, the Better for People, Smarter for Business Act will make it easier for businesses to interact with the government, and will make regulations simpler and easier to comply with.

“Many regulations are in place for good reasons, like those that protect health, safety and the environment,” Sarkaria said in a news release.

“But at the same time, decades of government regulation have resulted in rules that are duplicative, outdated or unclear, causing businesses to spend time and money complying with rules that simply could be better. We’re ensuring that Ontario’s regulations are effective, targeted, clear and focused -- while maintaining Ontario’s high standards,” he continued.

If the legislation is passed, restaurant owners and operators will be allowed to decide for themselves whether to let their customers bring a dog with them on a patio. This will also apply to indoor eating areas at sites where beer, wine, cider or spirits are made, and where only beverages and certain types of low-risk food are served.

The province says this proposal will make it easier and more enjoyable for dog owners to have a meal out

Part of the proposed changes also include eliminating regulations that apply to religious organizations attempting to hand out pre-packaged, ready-to-eat snack foods at after-school programs and soup kitchens, consolidating emissions standards and vehicle safety checks for transport trucks into a single inspection, aligning pharmacy regulations with those of other provinces to allow patients faster access to new and low-cost drugs, and others.

The plan also proposes allowing restaurateurs at Pearson Airport to serve alcohol 24/7. 

The bill is intended to reduce regulatory burdens in several sectors, including: farming, trucking, construction, health care, and restaurants. It should also make it easier for businesses to create jobs and grow wages.

“Businesses would rather be filling out their order books than filling out government forms,” Sarkaria added.

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