The latest news from the Greater Oshawa Chamber Of Commerce.

New Advisory Panel to Examine Ontario’s Minimum Wage System

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce applauds the announcement of the appointment of the advisory panel on minimum wage as promised in last spring’s budget.

For several years, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has advocated for the development of a third party commission made up of business, labour and community stakeholders to review minimum wage requirements. The key element of such a commission or review board would be to ensure that minimum wage requirements follow the economic circumstances of the day. (more…)

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OCC POLICY UPDATE: The Rules Around Waste Diversion Are Changing. What Business Needs To Know.

What is the Waste Reduction Act?

The Waste Reduction Act is a proposed framework for the Province of Ontario’s plan to increase waste diversion and to re-vamp the current waste diversion system, which is broadly seen as ineffective and inefficient.

The corresponding Waste Reduction Strategy is a blueprint for consultation, implementation, and next steps for reducing and harnessing the economic value of waste.

Key features of the waste reduction framework include: (more…)

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GM, Honda to Collaborate on Next-Generation Fuel Cell Technologies

General Motors and Honda announced a long-term, definitive master agreement to co-develop next-generation fuel cell system and hydrogen storage technologies, aiming for the 2020 time frame. The collaboration expects to succeed by sharing expertise, economies of scale and common sourcing strategies.

GM and Honda, acknowledged leaders in fuel cell technology, plan to work together with stakeholders to further advance refueling infrastructure, which is critical for the long-term viability and consumer acceptance of fuel cell vehicles. According to the Clean Energy Patent Growth Index, GM and Honda rank No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in total fuel cell patents filed between 2002 and 2012, with more than 1,200 between them. (more…)

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Ontario to Increase Accessibility, Boost Economy – Province Appoints New Accessibility Council

Ontario is taking steps to ensure that people living with disabilities can fully participate in all aspects of our economy and society with the appointment of members to the Accessibility Standards Advisory Council/Standards Development Committee.The Council represents a cross-section of leaders from Ontario’s disability community and organizations that have to comply with Ontario’s accessibility laws. Alongside Chair Jim Sanders, the Council will work to increase accessibility in Ontario. Their first order of business will be to review and enhance the service standard that applies to customer service.

Increasing accessibility across the province will help boost Ontario’s economic growth and competitiveness by improving employment rates for Ontarians with disabilities and by helping organizations that sell goods and services focused on accessibility. Making sure all Ontarians have an opportunity to participate in the workforce and contribute to building a stronger economy is part of the government’s plan to create a fair society for all. (more…)

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Chayell Hospitality Group And City Of Oshawa Break Ground On 6-Storey Hotel


Developers Mr. Abdul Rehman and Mr. Ali Rehman, along with the Mayor of Oshawa and members of Council and other dignitaries, marked the beginning of construction of the Holiday Inn Express and Oshawa Convention Centre with an official groundbreaking ceremony on June 6. The $21-million hotel and convention centre will be located in downtown Oshawa on the corner of Simcoe Street North and Richmond Street East (replacing the former Queen’s Market Square and municipal parking lot). (more…)

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Canadian Taxpayers Federation Releases Municipal Report Card

•    Worst Grade: Oshawa, Kingston & Guelph
•    Best Grade: St. Catharines & Kitchener

July 8, 2013 – The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) released a report card on municipal spending. The report card graded the 20 largest municipalities in Ontario based on an number of spending and taxation indicators, including spending on highly-paid staff and property taxes.

“Over the past two years, the number of high-salaried employees in the 20 major municipalities in Ontario has grown by 34 per cent,” said Candice Malcolm, Ontario Director of the CTF. “That’s 34 per cent more fat cats getting even fatter through taxpayer dollars at time when roads and bridges are crumbling, commutes are getting longer, and our cities are becoming less livable.”

The report relied on property tax data and information from Ontario’s Sunshine List of government employees earning six-figures. St. Catharines and Kitchener topped the list with a grade of B-. Oshawa was the worst performer with an F, followed closely by Kingston and Guelph that each scored a D.

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