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July 2018

How Has Bill 148 Impacted your Business



The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber Network are seeking grassroots data on the impact of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, which amended the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act. How has the increase to the minimum wage, new scheduling provisions, expanded personal emergency leave, equal pay for equal work, and other changes impacted your business?


This information will be summarized in a document to be shared with the government in order to advise them on how to bring balance back to labour legislation in Ontario.


The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce is looking for specific, statistical information about the financial, legal, and administrative impacts of Bill 148 on your business since January 1, 2018. Your name or contact information will not be collected, and all data will be presented in aggregate.


To share how Bill 148 has impacted your business, please use this form.


Your input is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Brockville Tourism Office Digital Billboard & Website Advertising




 Billboard Advertising:
Our 3’ by 8’ digital billboard is on the job 15 hours a day, 365 days of the year for your digital ad or video.  Mounted on the north side of the Tourism Office the billboard provides visibility for:

·        Market Patrons on Market Street West

·        Pedestrians on King street as they come towards the waterfront

·        Patrons exiting Service Canada

·        Visitors that come to the Tourism office for information on boat launches, Art Centre performances, festival and events, etc.

Guaranteed Display Time:   500 impressions per day @ 8 seconds each

Website Advertising:
Promote your business or event with an attractive photo and title on the homepage of brockvilletourism.com as well as in the side bar of our website’s sub-pages. The space will link to your own website, directly driving traffic to your site for more information.  The Tourism Office has a standalone rate on the website of $50 per month. In 2017 there were 171,000 unique views on www.brockvilletourism.com 

Cost for Billboard only ads:
Placement on Digital Billboard:

·        Static Ad - $75 for one month

·        Video Ad - $150 per month (maximum 30 seconds)

 Cost for Billboard A plus Website Ad:
If you wish to purchase both the website placement and the digital billboard, the following special is offered:

·        Placement on Digital Billboard & ad placement on the Tourism Website:

·        Static Ad $90 for one month

·        Video Ad $135 for one month


The tourism office can instantly send messages to the sign to promote your business, a special event, time sensitive sale, a contest or special announcement.   We also offer the flexibility for you to change your ad as you wish throughout the month; you only need to provide us with the new artwork or wording you require.




Submit your website ad as a jpeg (300 x 250 pixels) min. 2 weeks prior to when your ad is supposed to start running.


Submit digital billboard ads as a PNG or JPEG, sized at either 240x80 pixels, 480x160 pixels, or 720x240 pixels (roughly).  Do not use  lower than a 30 size font on the image .

For more information contact the Brockville Tourism office at 613-342-4357




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An Art Auction, Dinner & Social to Benefit the Brockville & Area YMCA Foundation

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Blueprint Letters: Entire Cabinet Has a Role in Making Ontario Open For Business




Entire Cabinet Has a Role in Making Ontario Open For Business:Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber of Commerce 

Ontario’s business advocate outlines key priorities for shared economic prosperity across Ontario 


 July 16, 2018 - With the legislative session resuming today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce  wrote to each provincial Cabinet minister, outlining a blueprint to execute over the next four years that will help make Ontario open for business. The OCC’s blueprint includes both policy asks where immediate action is required to support business and foundational recommendations for long-term prosperity.  


A key tool to making this province competitive is reducing red tape. The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce  and the OCC believes Premier Ford’s step to create a separate Deputy Minister for Red Tape and Regulatory Burden Reduction is an excellent start in lowering the administrative burden felt by Ontario businesses.  


“We are providing all Ministers with a blueprint for steps that can be taken to ensure we are growing Ontario’s economy and building shared prosperity for all,” said Pamela Robertson, Executive Director. “Each ministry has a fundamental role to play in making Ontario open for business and we look forward to working with Premier Ford as well as his cabinet in achieving the policy commitments that support businesses across the province. 


The themes that emerged in the OCC and Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce blueprint for making Ontario open for business include:  

  • Fiscal balance:  Fundamental to economic growth is ensuring that the Government of Ontario’s own fiscal house is in order. 

  • Business competitiveness:  The most powerful tool in making this province competitive is reducing red tape; we ask that the government prioritize lowering the administrative   burden on business and ensure that regulation is streamlined and effective.

  • Investment growth:  Investing in Ontario through strategic spending is essential to fostering job creation and building healthy and productive communities across the province.

  • Government accountability:   Poor implementation of government initiatives in the past has led to resource waste, mismanagement, and disruption for both businesses and residents.  


    To ensure Ontario’s economy has a strong foundation, business and government must work together to support evidence-based policies. As Ontario’s business advocate, the OCC is committed to working with the Ontario government to ensure the public policies introduced contribute to a competitive business environment as well as the economic and social well-being of our province". 


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New Ontario Government Speech from the Throne

Rapid Policy Update: New Ontario Government Speech from the Throne

On July 12th, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, delivered the Speech from the Throne laying out the priorities of the new PC government.

Yesterday’s Speech from the Throne officially opened the first session of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario, with the new government calling itself “Ontario's government for the People.” Many of the commitments made were previously announced by the PC Party during the election campaign.

The OCC has provided a synopsis of the Speech from the Throne below with key highlights most important to business. Throne speeches provide a general overview of the government’s policy commitments rather than specific details.


  1. Job Creation and Business Competitiveness: The Ontario government is committed to reducing the regulatory burden businesses are facing and reiterated its commitment to creating and protecting jobs. 
  2. Trade: The government has committed to standing “shoulder to shoulder” with the federal government on trade, standing up to U.S. tariffs and ensuring Ontario’s best interests are represented in NAFTA renegotiations.
  3. Energy and the Environment: The throne speech highlighted the government's commitment to reducing gas prices and lowering hydro bills as well as “restor[ing] public confidence in Ontario’s electricity system” by implementing management reform at Hydro One. The government reiterated its commitment to cancel Ontario’s cap-and-trade program and oppose all other carbon tax proposals. It also indicated it will be ending all green energy contracts.
  4. Transit: The government indicated its commitment to addressing the transportation needs of Ontario’s urban centres, with an intention to partner with Toronto and other GTA municipalities to improve transit services. 
  5. Government and Fiscal Accountability: The government intends to take immediate steps to “restore faith” in Ontario’s public institutions and committed to returning Ontario to a balanced budget. 
  6. Health Care: The government intends to work in collaboration with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners to ensure the health care system puts the interests of patients first. 

Read the OCC's Full Rapid Policy Update


Read the Ontario Government's Throne Speech



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Newly Appointed Cabinet Ministers



On June 29, 2018 at Queens Park, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and the new PC cabinet were sworn into office. We look forward to working with the PC government to ensure shared prosperity for all. 


Here is the full list of cabinet ministers:

  • Peter Bethlenfalvy - President of the Treasury Board
  • Raymond Cho - Minister for Seniors and Accessibility
  • Steve Clark - Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Christine Elliott - Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Deputy Premier
  • Victor Fedeli - Minister of Finance and Chair of Cabinet
  • Doug Ford - Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Merrilee Fullerton - Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • Ernie Hardeman - Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Sylvia Jones - Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
  • Lisa MacLeod - Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues
  • Monte McNaughton - Minister of Infrastructure
  • Caroline Mulroney - Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs
  • Rod Phillips - Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
  • Greg Rickford - Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs
  • Laurie Scott - Minister of Labour
  • Todd Smith - Minister of Government and Consumer Services, and Government House Leader
  • Lisa Thompson - Minister of Education
  • Michael Tibollo - Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • Jim Wilson - Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
  • John Yakabuski - Minister of Transportation
  • Jeff Yurek - Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
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