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MNP is on the move


Opening New Doors to New Opportunities to Serve You

As we continue to expand our local service offering to meet the needs of our clients, we need a space that can match our growth. MNP Brockville is pleased to announce that we are moving to a great new location, effective March 26, 2018. Until this date, you can still find us at 46-48 King Street East, Brockville.

All of our contact information will remain the same except for our new address:

7 King Street West, Suite 200
P.O. Box 459, Stn Main
Brockville, ON K6V 5V6

Our new location is equipped with elevators for easier accessibility.

We look forward to seeing you at our new office!

Contact Michael McMahon, CPA, CA, Partner at:
613.342.8424 or

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Burnbrae in Brockville are excited to share there own EGG Bakes!!!!!

 This product is manufactured in Brockville and Burnbrae is very excited about the TV adds.  



We are very excited to share our new EGG Bakes! TV spot with you! Simply click on the links below to watch it.


It will be aired on many top TV programs like This Is Us and Grey’s Anatomy (in English) and Unite 9 and L’imposteur (in French) over the next 3 months.


We really hope you like it, and please feel free to share these links with your family and friends.



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2018 Throne Speech

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Rapid Policy Update:
2018 Throne Speech


On March 19th, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, delivered the Ontario government’s speech from the throne.

The throne speech, delivered ahead of next week’s budget and just months before the next election, focused on the theme of “care.” The top priorities for the government in lead up to the election include health care, home care, mental health and addictions, child care, and regional investments.

The OCC has provided a synopsis of the throne speech below. Throne speeches provide a general overview of the Government’s policy commitments rather than specific details. We will provide a detailed analysis of the government’s commitments following the release of the upcoming 2018 Budget on March 28th.


  1. Health Care: The upcoming 2018 Budget will make significant investments in hospital operating budgets and reduce wait times at hospitals across the province.
  2. Home Care: The government will invest in home care, providing more services for seniors at home as well provide financial relief for families caring for aging loved ones.
  3. Mental Health Care: The upcoming 2018 Budget will expand access to mental health and addictions care and help ensure Ontarians have access to support in communities and schools.
  4. Child Care and Education: The government will continue to address the cost of child care by making additional investments in existing programs. It will also provide free tuition to more post-secondary students through the new OSAP. The government also intends to invest in training more apprentices for the workforce, including in emerging fields.
  5. OHIP+ and Dental Care: The upcoming 2018 Budget will provide more Ontarians with access to prescription drugs and dental care. This will include an expansion of OHIP+.
  6. Economic Growth and Investments:  The throne speech highlighted that the upcoming 2018 Budget will include support for regional investments and job funds. As part of the government’s engagement strategy, it will continue to advocate for Ontario businesses abroad including for the auto, steel, and agriculture sectors. The government will also continue to make significant investments in infrastructure.

Read the Ontario Government's News Release


NDP Five-Point Policy Plan

On March 17th, Ontario New Democrat leader Andrea Horwath announced the NDP’s five-point policy plan, a preview of their platform for the upcoming election which will be released in the coming weeks. Below is a high-level synopsis of their major policy initiatives.


1. The NDP is proposing an end to funding cuts and freezes, as well as greater supports for nurses, personal support workers, and those who require long-term care.

2. The NDP intends to convert student loans into grants that do not have to be repaid and pledges to create thousands of student co-op jobs across the province.  

3. In an attempt to gain more control over the energy system, the NDP plans to de-privatize Hydro One by bringing it back to full public oversight, including the buyback of shares.

4. Their major policy announcement is extending dental coverage to all Ontarians, under a program called Ontario Benefits. Two-thirds of employees already have coverage from their employers. The NDP estimates, based on analysis from a C.D. Howe report, that the cost of this plan to employers not currently offering dental coverage would be 1 percent of payroll.

As announced last year, the NDP would also implement a universal pharmacare plan, Pharmacare for Everyone.

5. The NDP will raise both the corporate tax rate and taxes for Ontarians in the highest tax brackets.

We expect to see more detailed information on these initiatives in the NDP’s official platform. Implementation details for many of these programs—such as the pharmaceutical and dental coverage plans—will be developed in conjunction with stakeholders should the NDP form government.


Vote Prosperity

In October, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce released Vote Prosperity, a platform for the 2018 provincial election campaign on June 7th. The release of our platform nine months prior to the election was intended to ensure all parties have an opportunity to address the most important issues to business within their own platforms.

Upon its release, we will provide an analysis of the NDP platform with comparisons to recommendations in Vote Prosperity.

We are encouraging Ontarians to send a letter to their local candidates, asking them to support the Ontario Chamber Network’s Vote Prosperity platform

Read the OCC's Rapid Policy Update




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Temporary Exemption from U.S. Tariffs Should be Permanent


Temporary Exemption From U.S. Tariffs Should be Permanent

For Immediate Release

Ottawa, March 8, 2018 — While the Canadian Chamber welcomes the temporary exemption extended to Canada today on U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs by the U.S. Administration, the waiver must be made permanent and not be linked to the outcome of the NAFTA negotiations.
“Canada should be exempt from these tariffs, fully and without condition. We are a partner of the United States in NATO and NORAD, and Canada’s steel and aluminum industries provide a critical source of supply for American businesses and for American defence needs. Far from being a problem for the U.S., we are their ally, their supplier and their customer,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “Holding any threat over Canada’s head does nothing to address the real issue of dumping.”
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce applauds the Government of Canada’s ongoing work to obtain a Canadian exemption, and we are grateful for the strong support provided by so many U.S. political and business leaders.
“It’s in everyone’s interest to reach a fair and workable agreement on NAFTA. Linking the steel and aluminum issue to the trade agreement negotiations will only serve as a distraction, making it more difficult to achieve our shared objective of a modernized NAFTA,” said Mr. Beatty.
The Canadian Chamber remains concerned that these new U.S. tariffs will result in diversion of steel and aluminum from affected countries into Canada. We encourage the Government of Canada to ensure that steel and aluminum are not dumped into Canada, and that the Canadian Border Security Agency is appropriately staffed, resourced and financed to deal with this issue.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom


Guillaum W. Dubreuil
Senior Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations
Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Please find the online version of the release here.

For further information on this alert, contact Mark Agnew, Director, International Policy,, 613 238 4000, ext 230.

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce released it's Ontario Economic Report



Input Costs Soar as Confidence and Projected Profits Fall: Ontario Economic Report 2018

Ontario Chamber of Commerce reveals consequences of a climate that discourages growth


TORONTO, February 7, 2018 -  Today the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce , in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released the second annual Ontario Economic Report (OER), a comprehensive analysis of data and emerging trends on the economic health of the province. Original economic research from the report reveals that 77 per cent of Ontario businesses say access to talent remains the largest impact on their competitiveness and nearly half report a lack of confidence in the province’s economy. Meanwhile, a lack of confidence in their own ability to sustain profits continues to decline.


The OER includes data from the OCC’s Business Confidence Survey conducted by Fresh Intelligence, a Business Prosperity Index developed by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA), and a 2018 Economic Outlook prepared by BMO Financial Group.


“Industry in Ontario are feeling the impact of the rising minimum wage, significant labour reforms, increasing global and US competition, NAFTA renegotiations, consistent overregulation, rising input costs, and challenges to accessing talent,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “This year’s Ontario Economic Report indicates that these challenges are creating a climate of low business confidence that will compromise the province’s future prosperity.”


According to OER findings, 68 percent of firms say the minimum wage increase is predicted to have a negative impact on their business. Compared to last year, they are more likely to project a decline in revenue and a shrinking of their workforce.


Some of the 2018 OER highlights on the outlook of Ontario’s economy include:

       Businesses are losing confidence in Ontario’s economy. In 2012, 47 percent of businesses reported they were confident in Ontario’s economic outlook. Today, that share has been halved, as only 23 percent of businesses are confident in the economy.

       Nearly two-thirds of businesses cite input costs for their lack of confidence, such as the price of electricity, taxes, and the increase in minimum wage. This is compared to only 31 percent who name competitive barriers such as declining consumer demand or changing client behaviour.

       One quarter of small businesses in Ontario project declining revenue in 2018, which is twice the rate of large firms (26 percent vs. 13 percent). Given that the majority of businesses in this province are small, this will likely have a net-negative impact on economic growth.

       The production of goods and services represents a shrinking contributor to business prosperity. Production activities represent only 15.3 percent of business prosperity, meaning that prosperity is increasingly becoming more dependent upon financial activities instead of productive activities. This is indicative of Ontario possessing a higher-risk operating environment.

       Our historically low unemployment rate is a red herring, as more individuals remove themselves from the workforce or simply give up the search. The percentage of Ontarians not participating in the labour force is at a recent high of 35 percent, contributing to employers’ on-going struggle to attract talent.

“This important report identifies key vulnerabilities within our economy, and provides decisions makers and community leaders with the understanding needed to find the solutions that will drive our economy forward. This year, the Ontario Chamber Network will continue to engage and advocate on behalf of Ontario’s business community to explore these issues and develop the necessary solutions for a more prosperous Ontario.”

In addition to new economic research, the OER outlines the areas of focus for the OCC’s policy and advocacy work in the year ahead. In 2018, the OCC will be looking at the potential of the health and life sciences sector, examining challenges related to urbanization and housing affordability, and studying the critical transportation needs across the province. As businesses continue to cite access to talent as a top challenge, the OCC will continue to provide proactive recommendations and solutions to ensure we are leveraging our greatest asset—human capital.



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The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is Ontario’s Business Advocate.


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Ontario Chamber & Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce understands the significant impact that recent increases to the minimum wage and expansion of labour and employment standards are having on all business




Ontario Chamber Network:

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) understands the significant impact that recent increases to the minimum wage and expansion of labour and employment standards are having on all businesses. For months, we have forewarned that these reforms would have unintended consequences and now we are seeing them come to fruition as businesses take extra-ordinary actions.

Today, Premier Kathleen Wynne tweeted “I'm happy to talk to any business owner about the minimum wage.” We welcome this openness by the Premier, and we encourage all Ontario businesses to contact the Premier to discuss how the quick implementation of these reforms is harming their ability to do business in the province. Furthermore, we encourage businesses to also tell the Premier that further offsets must be extended in the 2018 provincial budget in order to deal with rising input costs.
The OCC has visited many communities around the province and we know the best voice to discuss these unintended consequences comes from Ontario’s business owners. We are happy to hear the Premier also values their voice on this issue and we hope that this listening exercise will turn into real action.

Businesses can contact the Premier at:

Together, we must ensure we are doing all we can so that Ontario remains competitive. Please feel free to contact the OCC for any support on this matter.


Rocco Rossi
President & CEO
Ontario Chamber of Commerce

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual Report


We Can Achieve Great Things When We Work Together

Every new year brings both challenges and opportunities for Canada’s business community. As you will see in our Annual Report, 2017 certainly brought its share of both.  
From the inauguration of President Trump and the renegotiation of NAFTA to the ratification of CETA, the international context was upended. Closer to home, Canadian businesses faced their own set of obstacles, whether in the form of extreme weather events or the cancellation of large-scale projects like the Energy East pipeline. Governments piled on more obstacles on businesses, and the federal government proposed tax changes for private corporations that threatened entrepreneurs.
What could have divided us did the opposite. As you will see in our Annual Report, these challenges only caused the business community to rally, to organize unprecedented campaigns and to advocate louder than ever before. And, together, we succeeded in making Canada that much more competitive.
We are proud to provide you with our 2017 Annual Report, which outlines all of our efforts of the past year, the policy highlights we need to celebrate and the events and people that made it all possible.
2017 was Canada’s sesquicentennial, a moment to celebrate all that we have achieved in the past 150 years. It was also an opportunity to look forward and reflect on what we wanted Canada to be in the next 150 years and beyond. The strength of our network and the success of our teamwork this year should leave us feeling optimistic, no matter what challenges lie ahead.
On behalf of the staff and the Board of Directors, we thank you for your support this past year and look forward to working with you in 2018.

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Update from Canadian Chamber - NAFTA Talks pass Round 6 Test, but much work remains.

 Ottawa, January 29, 2018 – NAFTA talks have passed the crucial round 6 test as the three countries moved closer towards a renewed and modernized agreement over the past week. However, much work remains to be done to achieve a positive result for North America’s businesses, says the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

“We’re encouraged that all three countries’ representatives reported progress toward a modernized agreement,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “However, the work is far from over, including on several key issues, and there is still no guarantee of success. We urge all three governments to focus on preserving and strengthening this important agreement. Our goal must be a North America that is more competitive, more prosperous and more successful for all our citizens.”

Negotiators have expressed cautious optimism about the progress made over the past few days, including significant advances on several chapters, like digital trade, food safety, plant and animal health, and telecommunications.

During the closing press conference for round 6 negotiations, U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer emphasized a number of issues, including the balance of trade between the U.S. and Canada. The Canadian Chamber supports the Government of Canada’s position that trade must be viewed in a broader sense, and not simply as entries on a balance sheet.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. News and information are available at or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom

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Guillaum W. Dubreuil
Senior Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce

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Canada Summer Jobs 2018 application period is open.

Canada Summer Jobs 2018 / Emplois d’été Canada 2018



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The 2018 Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) application period for employers is from December 19, 2017 to February 2, 2018.


Canada Summer Jobs is a Government of Canada initiative. It provides funding for not-for-profit organizations, public sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer full-time employees to create summer jobs for students between the ages of 15 and 30.


The application form as well as the applicant guide are currently available at You can submit your application online, by mail or in person at any Service Canada Centre.


We encourage you to submit your 2018 application online. By doing so, you will benefit from a fast, easy-to-use, and secure way of applying as you will:

·        have access to the Canada Summer Jobs application 24/7, from any location, allowing you to complete it at your convenience;

·        ensure your application is received immediately by Service Canada;

·        receive an instant acknowledgement confirming that your application has been received; and,

·        avoid postal delays.


There are two systems available to enable you to apply online:

1.     Grants and Contributions Online Services (GCOS): If you already have a GCOS account, please use this online platform to submit an online application; or

2.     CSJ online application form.



For more information:


Call: 1-800-935-5555 (ATS: 1-800-926-9105)

Visit: a Service Canada Centre

Watch a presentation on YouTube to help you with your application:








La période de présentation des demandes pour Emplois d’été Canada (EÉC) 2018 est du 19 décembre 2017 au 2 février 2018.

Emplois d’été Canada, une initiative du gouvernement du Canada, accorde un financement aux organismes sans but lucratif, aux employeurs du secteur public ainsi qu’aux petites entreprises comptant 50 employés ou moins à temps plein afin qu’ils créent des emplois d'été pour les étudiants âgés de 15 à 30 ans.

Le formulaire de demande ainsi que le guide du demandeur sont présentement disponibles au Vous pourrez soumettre votre demande en ligne, par la poste ou en personne dans n’importe quel bureau de Service Canada.


Nous vous encourageons à soumettre votre demande en ligne. Si vous choisissez cette méthode, vous profiterez d’un service rapide, facile et sécuritaire qui vous permettra :

·        d’avoir accès à la demande d’Emplois d’été Canada en tout temps, peu importe où vous êtes, et de la remplir à votre convenance;

·        de vous assurer que votre demande est reçue immédiatement par Service Canada;

·        de recevoir un numéro de confirmation instantanément en guise d’accusé de réception;

·        d’éviter les retards causés par la poste.


Il y a deux systèmes disponibles pour vous permettre de soumettre une demande en ligne :

  1. Les Services en ligne de subventions et contributions (SELSC) : Si vous avez déjà un compte aux SELSC, veuillez utiliser cette plateforme pour soumettre une application en ligne; ou
  2. Formulaire de demande en ligne d’EÉC.


Pour plus de renseignements :

Cliquez :

Composez : 1-800-935-5555 (ATS : 1-800-926-9105)

Visitez : un bureau de Service Canada

Regardez une présentation sur YouTube pour vous aider avec votre demande :

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The OCC released our 2018 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission, A Comprehensive to Build Prosperity in Ontario

2018 Provincial Pre Budget

A Comprehensive Plan to Build Prosperity in Ontario

On Monday, January 15, 2018, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) provided the Ontario government with 11 recommendations for the upcoming provincial budget that will help businesses manage costs and secure the province’s competitive advantage. The submission, presented to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, calls on the government to implement taxation reforms and smart infrastructure and transportation spending to maximize growth and benefit all regions of Ontario.

11 recommendations include:

1. Tax reforms for increased competitiveness
1.1 Restore efforts to standardize the Business Education Tax (BET).
1.2 Reduce the Corporate Income Tax rate from 11.5 percent to 10 percent.
1.3 Reduce Ontario’s marginal income tax rate.
1.4 Targeted reductions in the Employer Health Tax (EHT).
1.5 Create a bracketed small business deduction and delay taxation on corporate income growth to overcome Ontario’s scale-up challenge
1.6 Preserve tax exemptions of private health and dental plans.

2. Spending to maximize growth
2.1 Dedicate revenue for the Metrolinx The Big Move’s Next Wave priority projects.
2.2 Make expanding natural gas access to rural communities a priority.

3. Spending reforms to benefit all of Ontario
3.1 Use value-based procurement to more effectively use government dollars, inject innovation into government services and save money in the long term.
3.2 Reform the provincial interest arbitration system to reflect the current capacity of Ontario municipalities to pay for increased service costs.
3.3 Gradually increase the “Heads and Beds Levy” on institutions to $100 per bed and then tie future yearly increases to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

Read the full submission here.

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Statement by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce




There has been much discussion in recent weeks about the unintended consequences of Bill 148, the legislation that introduced a higher minimum wage in Ontario and extended numerous labour and employment standards provisions.


The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and our members understand the intent of the legislation. But we also understand that evidence-based public policy must be fundamental in a properly functioning democracy.


For months, the OCC has forewarned that any objective analysis of these changes will lead to significant job loss, a 50% increase in inflation over and above what would otherwise be expected in the next few years, and an acceleration toward automation.


Now we are seeing these consequences come to fruition as businesses take extra-ordinary actions. 


The implementation was too much too fast. It is clear that the Government of Ontario must take further action to mitigate the unintended consequences of Bill 148.


We will continue to call on government to provide offsets in the upcoming budget that will help employers manage this drastic increase in labour costs. We must ensure that we are doing all we can so that Ontario remains competitive.


Let’s lower the rhetoric, on all sides, and ensure that we are collectively helping to shape an inclusive and shared prosperity here in Ontario.

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2017 Auditor General Report


Queen's Park Update
2017 Auditor General Report Released


 The office of the auditor general released it 2017 annual report. The Report, presented in two volumes, contains results of value-for-money audits of provincial spending in agriculture, emergency management, energy, health care, education, services for newcomers, government owned real estate, and social housing.

Volume 1 of the Report contains 14 value-for-money audits while Volume 2 contains follow-up reports on the recommendations made by the auditor general  in 2015.

Ontario Chamber of Commerce policy staff will review the Auditor General report in the coming months and it will inform upcoming policy work such as the provincial pre-budget submission. If you identify something in the report that you would like to flag for our policy staff, please be in contact with Karl Baldauf.


Read the Auditor General's News Release


About the Office of the Auditor General:
The Office of the Auditor General of Ontario is an independent office of the Legislative Assembly that conducts value-for-money and financial audits of the provincial government, its ministries and agencies. They also audit organizations in the broader public sector that receive provincial funding, such as hospitals and long-term care homes, universities and colleges, and school boards. Their work helps ensure that taxpayers receive value for their tax dollars


Read the Auditor General's Full Report Volume 1



Read the Auditor General's Full Report Volume 2




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