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Delegates Urge Ontario Government To Phase Out Fair Wage Policy

Need for a FWP in a modern economy suspect at best .
The 103rd Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) was held in Chatham from May 3 to May 5, 2013 and John Sturuup, Vice President and Bob Malcolmson, CEO of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce attended. During the policy session on Saturday May 4th, the delegates from over 130 Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade in the province of Ontario, representing 60,000 businesses of all sizes, in all economic sectors and from every area of the province, debated over thirty resolutions that impact business in building a 21st Century workforce and improving the way government works. Delegates overwhelmingly adopted the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce (GOCC) resolution calling on the province to Phase Out Ontario’s Fair Wage Policy. (more…)

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Ontario Budget Underscores The Importance Of Manufacturing

Submitted by Ian Howcroft, Vice President, Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Ontario
The recently announced provincial budget from the new Ontario government is a positive step forward in revitalizing the province’s manufacturing sector, but more must be done to create jobs and support business growth, according to Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME), the country’s largest trade and industry association. CME commended the government for mirroring the federal decision to extend the accelerated depreciation for manufacturing and processing equipment through 2015 – a move that will result in $265 million in savings for Ontario companies – as well as the formulation of a new $295 million youth employment and mentorship fund, which could help encourage more youth to explore opportunities in in-demand manufacturing-related careers.

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New Report Reveals GTHA Business Opinion On Revenue Tools

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 – Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with other GTHA Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, released the results of a GTHA-wide consultation of business on how to fund The Big Move, the province’s transportation plan to relieve congestion in region.

Face-to-face consultations were held with more than 250 businesses in 10 sessions across the GTHA.  In addition, the OCC surveyed its membership, the GTHA and throughout the province regarding their preferences and the results are consolidated in a new report, “The $2 Billion Question: GTHA Business Opinion on Funding The Big Move”. The intent is to outline the findings of the GTHA wide Chamber of Commerce consultations prior to the Metrolinx Report going to the provincial government, at the end of May.

GOCC BIG MOVE Recommendations
GOCC Letter To John Howe – Metrolinx

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