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Budget 2019 Strikes Right Balance for Business Community

Budget 2019 Strikes Right Balance for Business Community

Brockville/ April 12, 2019 – Today, the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce, Pamela Robertson Executive Director and Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce released the following statement in response to the 2019 Ontario Budget, “Protecting What Matters Most.

“Our message to the government in advance of Budget 2019 had been clear: bring down the deficit, focus on competitive taxation, and choose strategic investments that contribute to Ontario’s long-term economic growth. We are encouraged by the robust plan for returning the Province to a balanced budget, including meaningful action to improve government accountability. This Budget is focused on spending smarter rather than resorting to austerity measures,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

“The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber of Commerce are pleased to see that the Government of Ontario heard the message of the Ontario Chamber Network and is taking reasonable steps to build a stronger Ontario. Their balance of fiscal sustainability and critical investments in skills and infrastructure will promote long-term economic growth. The proposed investments in broadband infrastructure and skills development, especially, will create real value for Ontarians.

“Some key measures in Budget 2019 supported by the Ontario business community include:

  • Skills and workforce development: With 75 percent of OCC members stating the ability to recruit and retain talent is a critical factor to their competitiveness, Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and OCC have long called on the government to address the province’s skills mismatch. Modernizing Ontario’s apprenticeship system, reforming skills and employment training programs, and improving the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program are all critical steps to create the workforce of the future.
  • Infrastructure: The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and the OCC are pleased by the government’s $315 million investment in critical broadband and cellular infrastructure over the next five years. Access to high-speed internet is a basic requirement of the 21st century economy, much like roads, bridges, and electricity. Regarding the government’s planned investments of $14.7 billion in the province’s infrastructure over the next ten years, the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and OCC hope to see more details on the plan. The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and OCC will continue to press the government to address the province’s infrastructure deficit.
  • Competitive taxation: Building a more competitive tax environment is critical to fueling investment, innovation, and economic growth across Ontario, particularly in times of fiscal limitation. The Ontario Job Creation Investment Incentive will provide much-needed tax relief for industry while promoting investment and job growth. The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and OCC also continue to encourage the government to help small businesses scale-up by creating a variable small business tax rate.

 “With the government already moving swiftly with a number of measures aimed at reducing red tape and growing the economy such as the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, the Access to Natural Gas Act, 2018, and the Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, 2019, today’s Budget will help to ensure Ontario businesses have as many opportunities as possible to compete on the global stage,” added Pamela Robertson Executive Director of the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce.


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Full 2019 Ontario Budget 




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Unification Update -YMCA of Eastern Ontario


Eastern Ontario YMCA Unification Advance Notice Release: April 1, 2019 
TO: Stakeholders YMCA of Brockville and Area & YMCA of Kingston 
FROM: Rob Adams, CEO 

SUBJECT: Unification Update 

DATE: April 1, 2019 

Across Eastern Ontario, YMCA associations have a long-standing history of building communities, transforming lives, and providing personal growth in spirit, mind and body. We are all committed to serving our members and communities in the best possible way, and this includes responsibly looking at the future and identify ways to increase our impact on individual and community health. 
I wish to share we successfully obtained from the Ministry the articles of amalgamation for the YMCA of Eastern Ontario that became effective today April 1, 2019. Both boards gave full support to unify into one YMCA and today the YMCA of Brockville and the YMCA of Kingston has officially become one corporation under the name YMCA of Eastern Ontario. A new board of directors consisting of members of both discontinued boards will be in charge of managing its affairs and activities. 
Under our new moniker, we look forward to continuing to build a bright and healthy future for Eastern Ontario, together.  
Rob Adams CEO YMCA of Eastern Ontario 
For more information, or to set up a meeting please contact: Anna Hudson  anna.hudson@brockville.ymca.ca 613.342.7961 x 30 or cell: 613.349.5717

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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.


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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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Mayor Jason Baker's Annual Update Breakfast Feb 5, 2019



If you couldn't make the Annual Update from Mayor Jason Baker  please feel free to watch the video from Tony Hicks - The Camera Guy. 

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What has the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce done for their members in 2018

What has YOUR Chamber done for you lately, you ask?  Well, we were quite busy in 2018! Have a look below at this list of many (but not all) of the Chamber activity over this past year.

  • EIGHT very successful Business After 5 networking events, complimentary to attend, almost always attracting more than 75 members to each event.
  • Providing sponsorship opportunities to members that recognize your business as a key supporter of the event via website, radio and newspaper; presenting your company name and logo on the invitation; allowing your representatives the opportunity to distribute brochures or promotional items (at the After 5’s); Providing recognition at the event as a sponsor; Offering you the opportunity to showcase your business, address the guests and promote your business with door prizes.
  •  Held a Business Trade Show at the Brockville Convention Centre
  • Held our First Ever “Golf Experience” providing an opportunity for EVERYONE to enjoy a day of golf and activities – not just those who favour the sport.
  • Held our inaugural “Hot Stove” event – thanks to the support of Dan Thompson, Jeff Severson and the entire 2018 Golf Committee.
  • Presented a “Mayors Update Breakfast”
  • Presented a “MP Update Breakfast”
  • Presented a “MPP Update and Breakfast”
  • The 59th Annual Awards of Excellence Gala in which our friends, neighbours and business associates are recognized
  • The Annual Christmas Cocktail held this year at Fulford Academy
  • A Cannabis workshop in association with EEC
  • Successfully ran the Brockville Tourism Office
  • Advocated on behalf of Tourism in the ongoing MAT tax negotiations
  • A Fall Boat Cruise with Rockport Cruise Lines
  • A Provincial Election Debate
  • A Municipal Election Debate
  • A Federal By-Election Debate
  • Provided a workshop on “Managing an Effective Instagram Account” with the EEC
  • Provided a workshop “Orientation to Public Service” to enlighten those considering running for public office.
  • through our partnership with the Ontario Chamber, we have supported economic growth in Ontario by defending business priorities at Queen's Park
  • organized bus trip to see Ottawa Senators
  • Provided added recognition to those who participated in the Chamber Banner
  • Provided an opportunity for website advertising
  • Provided an opportunity to reach 1100+ through our mass email program
  • Recognized Bob Runciman as the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Winner
  • Interacted with every single member on at  least one occassion - updating business logos and information on your personal Chamber Pages.
  • Have been diligent in keeping members updated on Bill 148
  • Have repeatedly posted literatrure to keep members update on Bill 47, "Making Ontario Open For Business Act, 2018," which will repeal numerous provisions of the previous government’s "Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017  (Bill 148)".
  • Set up linkages between City Admin and Chamber Admin to help with Economic Development issues
  • We are one of only 32 Chambers in all of Canada that has achieved Accreditation with Distinction!
  • And so much more!
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Attention: Business Owners!!! A New Version of the ESA poster which must be POSTED

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MPP Steve Clark's Annual Update from Queens Park - Jan 18, 2019




MPP Steve Clark delivered his annual update from Queen's Park on Jan 18, 2019 to the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce membership. Thank you to Tony Hicks - The Camera Guy for videoing the update. 

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BILL 47 - This Bill is now law, however the following changes that impact the Employment Standards Act will be effective on January 1st, 2019. It replaces and changes many of the standards that were introduced with Bill 148 under the previous Liberal Prov

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