The heavy burden of regulation in Ontario has made it costly to do business in the province, driving jobs and investment elsewhere. Minister Smith will discuss the provincial government’s priority to reduce red tape by 25 per cent and plans to drive economic growth, create good jobs, and restore business confidence in Ontario.
Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness: Tackling the Red Tape Challenge
The Hon. Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, Government of Ontario
Todd Smith is Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.
In this role, Todd spearheads the government’s strategy to make Ontario open for business and create the conditions where job creators can continue to invest and thrive. Todd’s priorities include cutting red tape, reducing business costs and promoting fair and balanced trade.
First elected as a Member of Provincial Parliament for the Bay of Quinte in 2011, Todd has been a strong advocate at Queen’s Park for people in the Quinte area. He has fought to get funding for small, rural hospitals, to keep demonstration schools open, and to be a voice for businesses in our communities. Todd has also put forward Private Member’s Bills that help local families and businesses, such as Garrett’s Legacy Act and the Raise a Glass to Ontario Act.
Involvement in the local community is very important to Todd. He supports various charitable organizations such as Operation Red Nose and the Alzheimer’s Society, and participates in many local events and initiatives.
Born in New Brunswick, Todd moved to Belleville in the early 1990s and has called the Quinte-area his home ever since. He now lives in the Oak Hills with his wife Tawnya, a local high school teacher, and two daughters, Payton and Reagan.