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March 2019

Welcome New Chamber Members from January to March 2019

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Rapid Policy Update: 2019 Federal Budget


Rapid Policy Update: 
2019 Federal Budget


On March 19, the Government of Canada released its 2019 Federal Budget, "Investing in the Middle Class."

Despite a projected deficit of $19.8 billion, Budget 2019 made little effort towards addressing the issues we raised in our federal pre-budget submission, which urged the government to focus on creating a business climate that encourages growth through reforming Canada’s tax system, providing sustainable multi-payer drug coverage, and nurturing the innovation economy.

Challenges relating to access to talent, regulation, and the cost of doing business remain major sources of concern for our membership. The government’s proposed solutions fall short in making real change for Canada to be competitive in the global economy.

Our rapid policy update outlines specific commitments that the government announced regarding:

  • Skills 
  • Pharmacare
  • Energy and electricity
  • Broadband
  • Sector-specific support in the areas of science and innovation, forestry and tourism
  • Regulation 
  • Taxes

If you have any further questions please contact Ashley Challinor, Vice President of Policy.


Read the OCC's Rapid Policy Update


Read the OCC's statement

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Announcement of New City Manager

Announcement of New City Manager

Mayor and Council of the Corporation of the City of Brockville are pleased to announce the hiring of Janette Loveys as the City Manager following an in-depth hiring process.


Ms. Loveys has extensive public sector experience at the senior leadership level, having most recently worked as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Sunshine Coast Regional District in British Columbia.  Prior to this she worked in senior positions in Ontario at the City of Guelph, the City of Welland and the Township of Minden Hills as well as the Capital Regional District in Victoria, B.C.


Ms. Loveys holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Arts – Sociology from the University of Toronto and she has received various leadership and public administration training and professional development throughout her career. 


During her career Ms. Loveys has led financial process improvements through introducing enhanced budgeting processes and has project management experience having led a P3 project for a multi-sport facility.  She prides herself on her ethical and collaborative leadership style and is a practitioner in meaningful community consultation and engagement which she looks forward to utilizing in the City Manager role at the City of Brockville.


Ms. Loveys is looking forward to her return to Ontario and making Brockville her home while working with Council and staff to make a difference in the community she serves.


Mayor Baker states “City Council first reviewed what we were looking for in an ideal candidate and further approached both community stakeholders and staff to confirm our criteria was shared by our key partners. It was clear to Council we were looking for dynamic change and a collaborative leader with the ability to lead both our staff and guide our council. Although the selection committee was impressed with multiple candidates Janette clearly checked all the boxes. We are thrilled to have found what we believe is the ideal person to lead the next chapter in our beautiful City’s development”.


Ms. Loveys will start with the City of Brockville between mid to late May.

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2019 Ontario Chamber of Commerce Economic Report


Supporting Economic Growth in Ontario.

Each year the Ontario Economic Report (OER) presents the collective voice of our membership through the Business Confidence Survey, the Business Prosperity Index and the Economic Outlook. The report provides a snapshot of the past year and a look at the year ahead.

This year, the OER focuses on building economic opportunity for Ontario and is aimed at shaping and informing future public policy. In 2019, the OCC will be engaging its members, government and other leaders to explore the issues outlined in the OER and develop the necessary solutions to drive forward a stronger Ontario.

Read the report

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MP Michael Barrett Update and Breakfast on March 5/2019


If you couldn't make the Update from MP Michael Barrett,  please feel free to watch the video from Tony Hicks - The Camera Guy. 


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