November 2, 2018 12:15 pm
Updated: November 2, 2018 3:39 pm

25 new, upgraded Ontario ‘open for business’ signs to cost more than $106K

Premier Doug Ford unveiled this "Ontario open for business" sign in Sarnia Friday Morning. Ford said the signs will be places at every Ontario border with the U.S.

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The Ontario government says its new “open for business” signs are going to cost taxpayers more than $106,000.

The cost will cover 25 signs at 18 locations near border crossings.

Most of the signs will be created by upgrading existing ones, but four brand new ones will also be installed.

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The cost details were revealed hours after Premier Doug Ford and members of his cabinet unveiled the first sign during an event in Sarnia Friday morning.

Ford said the sign is the first of many and more will be “put across every single border in Ontario.”

“We are making sure that we create an environment to tell the world Ontario is open for business,” Ford said.

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The premier also discussed his government’s efforts to overhaul business legislation in the province, such as the controversial introduction of Bill 47, which would see minimum wage frozen at $14 until 2020 and the removal of two paid sick days, among other changes.

Ford said throughout the campaign that he would have an “Ontario open for business” sign placed at the U.S. border.

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The current ones aren’t as flashy as initially promised, though. Ford previously said that he would be placing a large neon sign at the border.

Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner has said the government should spend money elsewhere and not on what he called “goofy” signs.

— With files from the Canadian Press

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