Harinder Takhar, Ontario’s Minister of Government Services and Member of Provincial Parliament, Dr. Shafiq Qaadri, hosted a roundtable with various business associations and trade organizations from across the province to gather feedback on how to improve the government of Ontario’s procurement process.
This was a part of the province’s broader initiative to help make it easier for companies to do business with the province.
“As someone who came to Canada to start my own business, I understand how hard it can be to navigate government,” said Minister Takhar. “That’s why I was so pleased to see the participation of organizations such as the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, represented by Harjit Kalsi.”
“Members of the Indo-Canadian Community have great entrepreneurial spirit. Unfortunately, its not always easy for new Canadians to navigate the halls of government. That’s why sessions like this one are very useful to the community,” said Kalsi.
In advance of this roundtable, several multicultural chambers of commerce were invited to provide their thoughts on how to make Ontario ’s procurement process more accessible to newcomers.
“Reaching out to leaders in small business is a way that we can ensure that our procurement methods fully reflect the changing landscape of Ontario’s economy,” concluded Dr. Qaadri at the end of the roundtable.