Greater Oshawa Chamber Members Tops in Ontario

Congratulations! Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce (GOCC) members are Tops in Ontario. Recently the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce membership participated in the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCC) latest survey “How Confident Are You In Ontario’s Economy”.

In early November the Chamber sent out a special request to the membership asking them to add their voice to Canada’s most credible survey of business opinion and complete the OCC policy survey which was sent to the over 130 Chambers in the OCC network. Any Chamber with 50 or more members responding shall receive a tailored package of the results that includes a breakdown of its Chamber members’ answers to each question of the survey. The GOCC’s challenge was to beat last year’s number of respondents to the survey and set a record, possibly even have the highest numbers in Ontario.

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The OCC just completed its full survey results and of the 2143 responses, 1901 were from Chamber members across Ontario. The OCC received 175 responses from Greater Oshawa members, doubling last year’s numbers. “Outstanding! That is a new single Chamber record and whatever you did to generate that response rate, thank you,” stated the OCC in an email.

“I think it’s great, we doubled last years number and our Chamber provided over 9% input into the survey results,” stated Bob Malcolmson CEO of the Chamber, “we had some stiff competition from some of our fellow Chambers with a larger membership base like London, Sarnia, Mississauga, Burlington, Windsor, Sudbury, Peterborough and Kingston.”

The survey that took less than five minutes to complete feeds into the OCC’s policy paper “Emerging Stronger”.  It asked how confident business is in the Ontario economy right now and based on the way the Ontario economy is operating now, would the respondent’s organization expand, decrease, or remain the same over the next five years.

The survey identified items critical to the future of Ontario’s economy, such as innovation and smart risk-taking, building a 21st century workforce, and taking advantage of new opportunities in the global economy and asked the question compared to other regions in the world, “Is Ontario business leading, staying with the pack, or falling behind?” It also asked which global markets respondents believe are most important to the Ontario economy and which markets are critical for Ontario business in the next 5 to 10 years?

The resulting report, What Ontario Business Thinks 2013, is intended to provide  a breakdown of Ontario business opinion on the issues that matter to them.