What Business Wants from the 2013 Ontario Budget
The OCC recently submitted 15 recommendations to the Ontario Minister of Finance as part of the government’s 2013 pre-budget consultations. The recommendations focus on returning to fiscal balance and improving the business climate in Ontario.
Over 2,000 business leaders responded to our 2013 pre-budget submission survey.
OCC RAPID POLICY UPDATES
Interest arbitration is a mechanism used to renew or establish a new collective agreement for parties without the right to strike. We find that the current system is hurting communities across Ontario. Find out why…
Ontario‘s 3:1 journeyperson to apprentice ratios are forcing many companies to lay off apprentices and leave apprenticeship positions vacant. Meanwhile, Ontario is experiencing a major skills shortage and a tidal wave of retiring tradespeople is beginning. Read more…
Over 100 leaders from Ontario’s agriculture and food processing sectors gathered at the agri-food summit in Huron County–Canada’s largest food producing region east of the prairies. Delegates identified the main barriers to the sector’s growth, including regulatory obstacles, lack of access to capital, difficulty retaining young talent, and insufficient infrastructure. Premier Wynne, Minister of Agriculture and Food, was on hand to address the gathering. Read more…
Food for thought: Ontario’s agri-food sector employs 700,000 people and is valued at over $50 billion (Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario, 2012).
An Evening with the Deputy Ministers brings together business and community leaders for the unique opportunity to directly connect to the action drivers in the Ontario government, the deputy ministers. This event is sure to sell out. Register today…
ALTERNATIVE SERVICE DELIVERY
Later this month the OCC in partnership with Certified General Accountants of Ontario will release a report on opportunities for alternative service delivery (ASD) in Ontario. When correctly implemented, ASD lowers public sector costs, improves service quality, and boosts sagging public sector productivity by leveraging private sector capital, technology, and expertise.
Stay tuned in May for our report on how government can improve the labour market attachment of postsecondary graduates with disabilities and connect them with SME employers across Ontario.
FUNDING THE BIG MOVE IN THE GTHA
The OCC, in partnership with GTHA chambers of commerce and boards of trade, are in the process of engaging businesses across the GTHA on potential revenue tools to fund The Big Move, Metrolinx’s plan to transform transportation in the region. Stay tuned in upcoming months for our summary report from these consultations.
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