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Provincial Agriculture Minister discusses removing unnecessary licence requirements

Ernie Hardeman was in Ayr on Monday morning
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Ernie Hardeman, Ontario's minister of Agriculture, For and Rural Affairs. Kenneth Armstrong/Village Media

Ontario's Agriculture Minister was at FS Partners in Ayr on Monday to talk about licence modernization for farmers and agri-businesses.

The changes were announced last week in the 2019 provincial budget.

"I've heard from farmers and agriculture sector leaders who say the licence forms are too complicated, too time consuming and that there are too many fees," Ernie Hardeman said in a release. 

"On top of that, they said some licences simply duplicate federal and municipal ones. That's inefficient and doesn't make sense. It's why we are looking at ways to improve and streamline licensing so farmers and processors can spend less time on paperwork and focus on growing their businesses and supporting good jobs." he added.

The province says it's working to modernize the process for licensing and certification, all in an effort to reduce the regulatory burden.

The plan includes a target to reduce regulatory red tape by 25 per cent. 

Each year, The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs issues over 5,000 licences.


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