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January 2018

Ontario Chamber & Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce understands the significant impact that recent increases to the minimum wage and expansion of labour and employment standards are having on all business




Ontario Chamber Network:

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) understands the significant impact that recent increases to the minimum wage and expansion of labour and employment standards are having on all businesses. For months, we have forewarned that these reforms would have unintended consequences and now we are seeing them come to fruition as businesses take extra-ordinary actions.

Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne tweeted “I'm happy to talk to any business owner about the minimum wage.” We welcome this openness by the Premier, and we encourage all Ontario businesses to contact the Premier to discuss how the quick implementation of these reforms is harming their ability to do business in the province. Furthermore, we encourage businesses to also tell the Premier that further offsets must be extended in the 2018 provincial budget in order to deal with rising input costs.
The OCC has visited many communities around the province and we know the best voice to discuss these unintended consequences comes from Ontario’s business owners. We are happy to hear the Premier also values their voice on this issue and we hope that this listening exercise will turn into real action.

Businesses can contact the Premier at:

Together, we must ensure we are doing all we can so that Ontario remains competitive. Please feel free to contact the OCC for any support on this matter.


Rocco Rossi
President & CEO
Ontario Chamber of Commerce

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual Report


We Can Achieve Great Things When We Work Together

Every new year brings both challenges and opportunities for Canada’s business community. As you will see in our Annual Report, 2017 certainly brought its share of both.  
From the inauguration of President Trump and the renegotiation of NAFTA to the ratification of CETA, the international context was upended. Closer to home, Canadian businesses faced their own set of obstacles, whether in the form of extreme weather events or the cancellation of large-scale projects like the Energy East pipeline. Governments piled on more obstacles on businesses, and the federal government proposed tax changes for private corporations that threatened entrepreneurs.
What could have divided us did the opposite. As you will see in our Annual Report, these challenges only caused the business community to rally, to organize unprecedented campaigns and to advocate louder than ever before. And, together, we succeeded in making Canada that much more competitive.
We are proud to provide you with our 2017 Annual Report, which outlines all of our efforts of the past year, the policy highlights we need to celebrate and the events and people that made it all possible.
2017 was Canada’s sesquicentennial, a moment to celebrate all that we have achieved in the past 150 years. It was also an opportunity to look forward and reflect on what we wanted Canada to be in the next 150 years and beyond. The strength of our network and the success of our teamwork this year should leave us feeling optimistic, no matter what challenges lie ahead.
On behalf of the staff and the Board of Directors, we thank you for your support this past year and look forward to working with you in 2018.

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Update from Canadian Chamber - NAFTA Talks pass Round 6 Test, but much work remains.

 Ottawa, January 29, 2018 – NAFTA talks have passed the crucial round 6 test as the three countries moved closer towards a renewed and modernized agreement over the past week. However, much work remains to be done to achieve a positive result for North America’s businesses, says the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re encouraged that all three countries’ representatives reported progress toward a modernized agreement,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “However, the work is far from over, including on several key issues, and there is still no guarantee of success. We urge all three governments to focus on preserving and strengthening this important agreement. Our goal must be a North America that is more competitive, more prosperous and more successful for all our citizens.”

Negotiators have expressed cautious optimism about the progress made over the past few days, including significant advances on several chapters, like digital trade, food safety, plant and animal health, and telecommunications.

During the closing press conference for round 6 negotiations, U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer emphasized a number of issues, including the balance of trade between the U.S. and Canada. The Canadian Chamber supports the Government of Canada’s position that trade must be viewed in a broader sense, and not simply as entries on a balance sheet.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. News and information are available at Chamber.ca or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom

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Guillaum W. Dubreuil
Senior Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce

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Canada Summer Jobs 2018 application period is open.

Canada Summer Jobs 2018 / Emplois d’été Canada 2018



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The 2018 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) application period for employers is from December 19, 2017 to February 2, 2018.


Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative. It provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30.


The application form as well as the applicant guide are currently available at www.canada.ca/canada-summer-jobs. You can submit your application online, by mail or in person at any Service Canada Centre.


We encourage you to submit your 2018 application online. By doing so, you will benefit from a fast, easy-to-use, and secure way of applying as you will:

·        have access to the Canada Summer Jobs application 24/7, from any location, allowing you to complete it at your convenience;

·        ensure your application is received immediately by Service Canada;

·        receive an instant acknowledgement confirming that your application has been received; and,

·        avoid postal delays.


There are two systems available to enable you to apply online:

1.     Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS): If you already have a GCOS account, please use this online platform to submit an online application; or

2.     CSJ online application form.



For more information:

Click: www.canada.ca/canada-summer-jobs

Call: 1-800-935-5555 (ATS: 1-800-926-9105)

Visit: a Service Canada Centre

Watch a presentation on YouTube to help you with your application: https://youtu.be/7YGIMovrmsc








La période de présentation des demandes pour Emplois d’été Canada (EÉC) 2018 est du 19 décembre 2017 au 2 février 2018.

Emplois d’été Canada, une initiative du gouvernement du Canada, accorde un financement aux organismes sans but lucratif, aux employeurs du secteur public ainsi qu’aux petites entreprises comptant 50 employés ou moins à temps plein afin qu’ils créent des emplois d'été pour les étudiants âgés de 15 à 30 ans.

Le formulaire de demande ainsi que le guide du demandeur sont présentement disponibles au www.canada.ca/emplois-ete-canada. Vous pourrez soumettre votre demande en ligne, par la poste ou en personne dans n’importe quel bureau de Service Canada.


Nous vous encourageons à soumettre votre demande en ligne. Si vous choisissez cette méthode, vous profiterez d’un service rapide, facile et sécuritaire qui vous permettra :

·        d’avoir accès à la demande d’Emplois d’été Canada en tout temps, peu importe où vous êtes, et de la remplir à votre convenance;

·        de vous assurer que votre demande est reçue immédiatement par Service Canada;

·        de recevoir un numéro de confirmation instantanément en guise d’accusé de réception;

·        d’éviter les retards causés par la poste.


Il y a deux systèmes disponibles pour vous permettre de soumettre une demande en ligne :

  1. Les Services en ligne de subventions et contributions (SELSC) : Si vous avez déjà un compte aux SELSC, veuillez utiliser cette plateforme pour soumettre une application en ligne; ou
  2. Formulaire de demande en ligne d’EÉC.


Pour plus de renseignements :

Cliquez : www.canada.ca/emplois-ete-canada

Composez : 1-800-935-5555 (ATS : 1-800-926-9105)

Visitez : un bureau de Service Canada

Regardez une présentation sur YouTube pour vous aider avec votre demande : https://youtu.be/En59Xzz7N2U

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The OCC released our 2018 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission, A Comprehensive to Build Prosperity in Ontario

2018 Provincial Pre Budget

A Comprehensive Plan to Build Prosperity in Ontario

On Monday, January 15, 2018, 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.

11 recommendations include:

1. Tax reforms for increased competitiveness
1.1 Restore efforts to standardize the Business Education Tax (BET).
1.2 Reduce the Corporate Income Tax rate from 11.5 percent to 10 percent.
1.3 Reduce Ontario’s marginal income tax rate.
1.4 Targeted reductions in the Employer Health Tax (EHT).
1.5 Create a bracketed small business deduction and delay taxation on corporate income growth to overcome Ontario’s scale-up challenge
1.6 Preserve tax exemptions of private health and dental plans.

2. Spending to maximize growth
2.1 Dedicate revenue for the Metrolinx The Big Move’s Next Wave priority projects.
2.2 Make expanding natural gas access to rural communities a priority.

3. Spending reforms to benefit all of Ontario
3.1 Use value-based procurement to more effectively use government dollars, inject innovation into government services and save money in the long term.
3.2 Reform the provincial interest arbitration system to reflect the current capacity of Ontario municipalities to pay for increased service costs.
3.3 Gradually increase the “Heads and Beds Levy” on institutions to $100 per bed and then tie future yearly increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Read the full submission here.

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Statement by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce




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) 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.


For months, the OCC has forewarned that any objective analysis of these changes will lead to significant job loss, a 50% increase in inflation over and above what would otherwise be expected in the next few years, and an acceleration toward automation.


Now we are seeing these consequences come to fruition as businesses take extra-ordinary actions. 


The implementation was too much too fast. It is clear that the Government of Ontario must take further action to mitigate the unintended consequences of Bill 148.


We will continue to call on government to provide offsets in the upcoming budget that will help employers manage this drastic increase in labour costs. We must ensure that we are doing all we can so that Ontario remains competitive.


Let’s lower the rhetoric, on all sides, and ensure that we are collectively helping to shape an inclusive and shared prosperity here in Ontario.

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