Blog Category: Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Further Offset Measures Needed in Upcoming Budget to Keep Ontario Competitive

The Ontario’s Chamber Network calls for tax reform, smart spending to support Ontario businesses

The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) provided the Ontario government with 11 recommendations for the upcoming provincial budget that will help businesses manage costs and secure the province’s competitive advantage. The submission, presented to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, calls on the government to implement taxation reforms and smart infrastructure and transportation spending to maximize growth and benefit all regions of Ontario. (more…)

OCC Statement on Minimum Wage

Statement from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC):

There has been much discussion in recent weeks about the unintended consequences of Bill 148, the legislation that introduced a higher minimum wage in Ontario and extended numerous labour and employment standards provisions.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), the Kawartha Chamber, and our members understand the intent of the legislation. But we also understand that evidence-based public policy must be fundamental in a properly functioning democracy. (more…)

Comprehensive, Pro-Growth Policies Needed in 2018 Provincial Election

Ontario’s Chamber Network provides recommendations to Drive Economic Development to the Forefront of Political Discourse

On October 11th, the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released Vote Prosperity, a platform and campaign outlining the Ontario business community’s priorities for the upcoming 2018 provincial election. Vote Prosperity provides a series of proactive recommendations that all of Ontario’s political parties should adopt to ensure growth for the province’s economy. (more…)

185,000 Ontario Jobs at Risk from Bill 148

Bill 148 will increase the cost of consumer goods and services by $1,300 per household starting in 2018, according to new analysis by leading economics firm.

On Monday, August 14, the Keep Ontario Working Coalition (KOW), in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, released the first and only independent economic impact analysis of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act. Conducted by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA), the study revealed that if the legislation is implemented as currently drafted, there will be significant, sudden and sizable uncertainty for Ontario jobs, economy and communities.

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