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What Ontario’s Fall 2019 economic update means for your business

The business community in Ontario just received a modest, yet business-friendly, tax reduction courtesy of Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government. The move is a step towards achieving balanced budget while looking to encourage economic activity within the province Specifically, Wednesday’s Fall Economic Statement announced proposals to reduce the small business Corporate Income Tax rate to […]

Ontario slashes spending for small business programs

The bad news continues to flow for entrepreneurs across Ontario. The Doug Ford government has lowered the axe once again on programs that support the growth of small and medium-sized businesses across the province, this time targeting Ontario’s Small Business Enterprise Centres (SBECs). Several programs served up by the centres, including Starter Company Plus and […]

Ontario’s innovation ecosystem faces substantial funding cuts

Less than two weeks after I outlined a coming review of Ontario’s innovation tax credits and “other R&D tax incentives” by Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government, news broke in recent days that Queen’s Park is moving to cut several important innovation programs for entrepreneurs, as well as at least one designed to help start-up businesses […]

Ontario budget 2019: Key highlights

With the first budget of its majority mandate, Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservative government delivered a moderated strategy for achieving budgetary balance, while largely maintaining—and in the case of education and health care, even increasing—current program spending levels. In the months leading up to the budget, the government had already delivered on several campaign promises that […]

Ontario budget 2019: ‘Open for Business’ moves from campaign slogan to governing mantra

When Doug Ford swept into power last year, he promised that Ontario would once again be ‘Open for Business.’ The new Progressive Conservative premier went so far as to plaster his campaign slogan on highway signs at the Ontario-U.S. border. It was a not-so-subtle, all-caps reminder to our American friends of his commitment to undoing […]

Bill 47 employment law changes spell relief for Ontario businesses

When former Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne’s Liberal government tabled and eventually passed Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, employers were stunned by the scope of the employment standards changes contained in the legislation. The bill would not only increase the minimum wage by 30 per cent in just two years. The sweeping […]

Ontario budget 2018 offers little to entrepreneurs in lead-up to June election

The Ontario Liberal party under Premier Kathleen Wynne is locked in a desperate fight for its political life as the Grits seek re-election in June. Not surprisingly, the 2018 provincial budget showers goodies on virtually every constituency from parents with small children (proposed free childcare for children between the ages of two-and-a-half until they enter […]

Ontario’s Bill 148 is now law. Here’s how it could impact your business

A new package of labour and employment law reforms in Ontario is poised to potentially impact the competitiveness and the viability of small and medium-sized businesses across the province. Bill 148, The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, became law this week, and introduced a range of new amendments designed to modernize the province’s Employment […]

Ontario offers small business owners a tax cut in fall economic statement

Small business owners in Ontario are getting a break on their taxes. This week Minister of Finance Charles Sousa delivered a fall economic statement that will lower the corporate small business income tax rate on the first $500,000 of business income to 3.5 per cent from 4.5 per cent, by January 1, 2018. The change […]

Ontario to hike Land Transfer Tax on some residential, commercial properties

Buying a residential or commercial property in Ontario is about to get more expensive. The Government of Ontario recently announced plans to hike land transfer tax (LTT) rates across the province, effective Jan. 1, 2017. As part of those changes, the LTT rate on any portion of the sale value of a single-family residence exceeding […]