Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business, issued the following statement today on Small Business Week:

“As the Minister Responsible for Small Business, it’s a pleasure to celebrate Small Business Week, a time to recognizing the hard work and incredible contributions of the more than 400,000 small businesses in Ontario.

Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, providing good jobs and opportunities for families in communities across the province. From main street storefronts that support us in our daily lives to the entrepreneurs and innovators who are creating jobs and changing the way we do business, we have much to thank small business owners for.

Ontario has one of the most vibrant small business communities in Canada, making up about 98 per cent of businesses in Ontario. That is why our government is committed to continue to work to create the right conditions for small businesses in Ontario to succeed and grow. As we celebrate Small Business Week, I encourage all Ontarians to take this opportunity to celebrate the local small business owners in their community and the many contributions that their hard work, ambition and dedication make to our province.”