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.
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 email@example.com 613.342.7961 x 30 or cell: 613.349.5717
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If you couldn't make the Update from MP Michael Barrett, please feel free to watch the video from Tony Hicks - The Camera Guy.
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.
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!
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.
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