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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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30-Minute Off-Peak Lakeshore GO Train Service

On Friday, April 19, 2013 Metrolinx announced that beginning June 29th GO Transit is increasing off-peak service on the Lakeshore lines to meet the needs of its growing number of customers. This is the largest service expansion in GO history and the result of years of careful planning and construction to expand service on this line.

The Lakeshore line currently operates two-way, all day trains service every hour, with a total of 137 weekday trips. With the expansion to half-hourly service, GO Transit will be adding 263 new weekly trips overall or 36,288 more seats every week. This means schedule train times will be less of a factor for residents along the Lakeshore lines and travel will be more comfortable, as promised in its Passenger Charter. (more…)

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