The Ontario Ministry of Finance supports government's goal of creating competitive, streamlined and modern services by engaging businesses and working with them to understand their needs.
The Ontario Business Advisory Council (OBAC) complements Ontario's OPEN for Business strategy as ministries work together to make things more accessible and easier for those doing business in Ontario, reducing the administrative burden on businesses. OBAC represents one of the Ministry of Finance's burden reduction initiatives.
OBAC provides an ongoing consultative opportunity for ministries to dialogue with Ontario businesses, in a round-table format, on a variety of government business issues/initiatives.
The Ontario Business Advisory Council consists of 25 members including tax practitioners; not-for-profit organizations; municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals; and large, medium and small business owners from various business sectors and geographical locations in Ontario.
For more information on the Ontario Business Advisory Council, please contact Julie Siciliano at 905 433-6366 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announced in the 2004 Ontario Budget, the Ontario government created the Small Business Tax Administration Advisory Committee, demonstrating continued support of small businesses in Ontario. The committee is comprised of members who represent small business owners in Ontario who, along with Ministry of Finance representatives, work together on improving the tax administration processes in Ontario.
The committee holds quarterly meetings that provide an opportunity for small business representatives to meet face-to-face with ministry officials to discuss tax administration issues. Also, the committee meetings give ministry representatives the opportunity to listen to small business concerns and garner feedback on ministry initiatives.
Previous to the committee, the ministry coordinated the Small Business Advisory Committee which included similar membership and provided feedback on several ministry initiatives such as the Small Business Guide to Frequently Asked Questions, the Service Standards and Commitments, and the Purchase Exemption Certificate review. Like its predecessor, the Small Business Tax Administration Advisory Committee continues to provide valuable feedback on tax administrative issues.