Blog Category: Ontario Chamber of Commerce

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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OCC Responds to Ontario’s Proposed Labour and Employment Standards Reform

KCCT and OCC strongly objects to potential labour and employment standards reforms

Changes would discourage investment, eliminate jobs and diminish economic opportunities in Ontario, especially among small business owners

The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has sent a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne warning against potential changes to Ontario’s Labour Relations Act (LRA) and the Employment Standards Act (ESA), including the introduction of a $15 minimum wage. The letter is cautioning that these reforms may have unintended consequences impacting job creation and competitiveness, as well discouraging investment in the province.  (more…)

Inaugural Ontario Economic Report

Inaugural Ontario Economic Report Forecasts Outlook for Local and Provincial Economy: Kawartha Chamber of Commerce & Tourism

Vulnerabilities in Ontario’s economy pose challenges to our prosperity. Government must prioritize growing the economy, creating jobs and driving a competitive advantage

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