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    Advocate Report – Ontario Chamber of Commerce

    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.

     

    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. Read more…

    Over 2,000 business leaders responded to our 2013 pre-budget submission survey.

    • 76% thought that reducing the size of government was a top priority
    • 30% have had difficulty hiring someone with the right qualifications
    • 66% of GTHA businesses support the need for new revenue tools to fund transit infrastructure in the GTHA

    A Federal Agenda for Ontario

    In December 2012, the OCC published A Federal Agenda for Ontario and undertook a campaign for change in key federal policy areas. We are pleased to announce some important successes that could indicate a more rigorous federal focus on Ontario’s economy. Read more…

    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).

    COMING UP…

    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.

    ACCESSIBILITY

    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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