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Rapid Policy Update: 2018 Fall Economic Statement

Rapid Policy Update:
2018 Fall Economic Statement


On November 15, the Government of Ontario released its 2018 Fall Economic Statement entitled “2018 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review”, which provides an update on the government’s finances and announces commitments for the upcoming 2019 Budget.

The government is projecting steady, moderate growth in Ontario’s economy, with real GDP forecasted to rise by 2 percent in 2018. The Fall Economic Statement forecasts a deficit of $14.5 billion in 2018-19, down by $0.5 billion from the previous year. Growth is expected to be more modest over the next four years due to limited economic capacity, higher interest rates, and slowing US growth.  

Our rapid policy update outlines specific commitments that the government announced regarding:

  • Fiscal responsibility, government transparency and accountability
  • Regulatory reforms
  • Tax reforms
  • Energy and electricity
  • Transportation and infrastructure
  • Support for key Ontario sectors
  • Other issues

 If you have any further questions please contact Ashley Challinor, Vice President of Policy.

Read the OCC's Rapid Policy Update


Read the 2018 Fall Economic Statement



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Congratulations to All Winners of the 2018 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence

Congratulations to All Winners of the 2018 Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence

This year's recipients of the Ontario Tourism Awards of Excellence were announced Wednesday night. Congratulations to all the winners! Click here for a PDF of the release

Ontario’s Choice Award for Attraction of the Year

Attraction of the Year: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Culinary Tourism Awards of Excellence

Culinary Tourism Leadership Award: Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island

Culinary Tourism Experience Award: Muskoka Lakes Farm & Winery

Culinary Tourism Event of the Year Award: FUNKfest by Sawdust City Brewing Company

Tourism Marketing & Travel Media Awards of Excellence

Tourism Marketing Campaign Award Under $50K: Tourism Hamilton – #MyHamilton User Generated Campaign

Tourism Marketing Campaign Award Over $50K: Tourism Toronto – The Views Are Different Here

Tourism Marketing Partnership Award: Brewery Discovery Routes – Brewery Discovery Routes 2017

Tourism Print Collateral Award: Bay of Quinte Regional Marketing Board – Bay of Quinte Discovery Guide

Tourism Digital Marketing Award: Kingston Accommodation Partners – Fresh Made Daily Digital Campaign

Travel Media Story Award: Karon Liu – “A Pilgrimage to Cheese County”

Travel Media Photography Award: Colin Field – Mountain Life Magazine Fall 2017 Snow Biker

Tourism Industry Awards of Excellence (TIAO)

Accessible Tourism Award: St. Lawrence Parks Commission

Sustainable Tourism Award: Haliburton Forest and Wild Life Reserve

Tourism Employer of the Year: Tourism Toronto

Tourism Champion of the Year: Gord Brown

Tourism Innovator of the Year: Tourism Excellence North (TEN)

Tourism Event of the Year (Small Event): THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride – Waterloo Central Railway

Tourism Event of the Year (Large Event): ONTARIO 150 Tour – Water’s Edge Festivals and Events

Indigenous Tourism Award: Wikwemikong Tourism

Lifetime Achievement Award: J.J. Hilsinger

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Rapid Policy Update from OCC: Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018

Rapid Policy Update:
Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018

On October 23, 2018, the Government of Ontario’s announced Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018. The announcement included a near full repeal of Bill 148, dissolution of the Ontario College of Trades, and improvements to the journeyperson-to-apprentice ratio.

This is a huge advocacy win on behalf of our 60,000 members in 135 communities across the province. The OCC applauds the government for taking swift action to introduce many critical reforms that we have persistently advocated for on behalf of Ontario business.

What do these changes mean for Ontario business?

  1. Minimum wage paused at $14 per hour.
  2. Partial repeal of scheduling provisions. 
  3. Removal of equal pay for equal work.
  4. Returning to previous calculation of public holiday pay.
  5. Return to previous union certification policies.
  6. Amended personal emergency leave.
  7. Maintain domestic or sexual violence leave.
  8. Maintain paid vacation expansion. 
  9. Apprenticeship ratios set at 1:1. 
  10. Dissolution of the Ontario College of Trades.

The OCC is encouraged by the labour market reforms announced today and looks forward to continuing to work with the Ontario government to support economic prosperity and business competitiveness across the province. 

If you have any further questions please contact Daniel Safayeni, Director of Policy. 


Read the OCC's Rapid Policy Update


Read Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018

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2018 Municipal Election Information

The Municipal Election is on October 22, 2018

List of Candidates

Voter Information 


Municipal Elections are administered by the Municipal Clerk, who acts as the Returning Officer under the authority of the Municipal Elections Act. Should you have any questions regarding the information on City of Brockville website or the 2018 Municipal Election, please contact:

Clerk's Office
City of Brockville
1 King Street West, Brockville, ON K6V 7A5
Ph: 613-342-8772 ext. 4491
Bio's on the Candidates for Mayor - click on each person to read about them  (if the link doesn't work it's due to the candidate not submitting their Bio to the Chamber)
Jason Baker
Kelly Cole 
Bio's on the Candidates for Council - click on each person to read about them (if the link doesn't work it's due to the candidate not submitting their Bio to the Chamber) 
                          Jessica Barabash                                                   Larry Journal
                          Tony Barnes                                                            Mike Kalivas
                          Matthew Blair                                                          Nathalie Lavergne
                          Leigh Bursey                                                           Ralph Legere
                          Mark Darrah                                                             Naomi McNeill
                          Philip Deery                                                             Robert Shannon
                         Jeffrey Earle                                                             Joy Sterritt
                          Bud Eyre                                                                  Willy Stevenson 
                         Jane Fullarton                                                          Cameron Wales 
                         John Henderson                                                       Matt Wren 

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce polled our membership for questions to ask the candidates at the upcoming debate. Due to time constraints we will not be able to ask questions to the candidates for council on the night of the debate. We have provide 7 questions to all of the  candidates  for council (members questions). 
Please see below each person's response to these questions: Click on the name for there response. (if the link doesn't work it's due to the candidate not submitting the answers) 
Jessica Barabash                            Larry Journal
Tony Barnes                                    Mike Kalivas
Matthew Blair                                   Nathalie Lavergne
Leigh Bursey                                    Ralph Legere
Mark Darrah                                     Naomi McNeill
Phillip Deery                                     Robert Shannon
Jeffrey Earle                                     Joy Sterritt
Bud Eyre                                          Willy Stevenson
Jane Fullarton                                  Cameron Wales
John Henderson                              Matt Wren 



Thank you to The Camera Guy for videoing the full Municipal All Candidates Meeting and Mayoral Debate 2018 

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A Policy Update from St. Lawrence College




We are excited to share news of a new College-wide policy with you. Effective Monday, October 15, 2018 St. Lawrence College is going smoke-free.  


As a smoke-free college, smoking or vaping tobacco or cannabis is prohibited at all campus locations. This includes all indoor and outdoor areas, and in vehicles on campus. The smoke-free initiative includes any person on campus, whether they are students, staff, faculty, subcontractors and/or their employees, and visitors. All events hosted on SLC campuses will also be smoke-free.  


In planning for this new policy, we scheduled increased maintenance for the peripheral areas of each campus and if you visit us, you will see new signage posted that is intended to remind people the campus is now smoke free.  


We will gladly answer any questions you might have, and I encourage you to contact us at if you’d like to discuss this. Lastly, for details on the St. Lawrence College smoke-free policy, visit our website here. 






Glenn Vollebregt

President and CEO

St. Lawrence College

100 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston Ontario, K7L 5A6

P  613-544-5400 extension 1591

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Recorded Workshop - Orientation to Public Service - Sept 6, 2018


The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce put on a workshop on Sept 6 - Orientation to Public Service. If you couldn't attend this workshop - Tony Hicks (The Camera Guy) was on hand and recorded the full workshop. Please see below 

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How Has Bill 148 Impacted your Business



The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber Network are seeking grassroots data on the impact of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, which amended the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act. How has the increase to the minimum wage, new scheduling provisions, expanded personal emergency leave, equal pay for equal work, and other changes impacted your business?


This information will be summarized in a document to be shared with the government in order to advise them on how to bring balance back to labour legislation in Ontario.


The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce is looking for specific, statistical information about the financial, legal, and administrative impacts of Bill 148 on your business since January 1, 2018. Your name or contact information will not be collected, and all data will be presented in aggregate.


To share how Bill 148 has impacted your business, please use this form.


Your input is greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Brockville Tourism Office Digital Billboard & Website Advertising




 Billboard Advertising:
Our 3’ by 8’ digital billboard is on the job 15 hours a day, 365 days of the year for your digital ad or video.  Mounted on the north side of the Tourism Office the billboard provides visibility for:

·        Market Patrons on Market Street West

·        Pedestrians on King street as they come towards the waterfront

·        Patrons exiting Service Canada

·        Visitors that come to the Tourism office for information on boat launches, Art Centre performances, festival and events, etc.

Guaranteed Display Time:   500 impressions per day @ 8 seconds each

Website Advertising:
Promote your business or event with an attractive photo and title on the homepage of as well as in the side bar of our website’s sub-pages. The space will link to your own website, directly driving traffic to your site for more information.  The Tourism Office has a standalone rate on the website of $50 per month. In 2017 there were 171,000 unique views on 

Cost for Billboard only ads:
Placement on Digital Billboard:

·        Static Ad - $75 for one month

·        Video Ad - $150 per month (maximum 30 seconds)

 Cost for Billboard A plus Website Ad:
If you wish to purchase both the website placement and the digital billboard, the following special is offered:

·        Placement on Digital Billboard & ad placement on the Tourism Website:

·        Static Ad $90 for one month

·        Video Ad $135 for one month


The tourism office can instantly send messages to the sign to promote your business, a special event, time sensitive sale, a contest or special announcement.   We also offer the flexibility for you to change your ad as you wish throughout the month; you only need to provide us with the new artwork or wording you require.




Submit your website ad as a jpeg (300 x 250 pixels) min. 2 weeks prior to when your ad is supposed to start running.


Submit digital billboard ads as a PNG or JPEG, sized at either 240x80 pixels, 480x160 pixels, or 720x240 pixels (roughly).  Do not use  lower than a 30 size font on the image .

For more information contact the Brockville Tourism office at 613-342-4357




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An Art Auction, Dinner & Social to Benefit the Brockville & Area YMCA Foundation

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Blueprint Letters: Entire Cabinet Has a Role in Making Ontario Open For Business




Entire Cabinet Has a Role in Making Ontario Open For Business:Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber of Commerce 

Ontario’s business advocate outlines key priorities for shared economic prosperity across Ontario 


 July 16, 2018 - With the legislative session resuming today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce  wrote to each provincial Cabinet minister, outlining a blueprint to execute over the next four years that will help make Ontario open for business. The OCC’s blueprint includes both policy asks where immediate action is required to support business and foundational recommendations for long-term prosperity.  


A key tool to making this province competitive is reducing red tape. The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce  and the OCC believes Premier Ford’s step to create a separate Deputy Minister for Red Tape and Regulatory Burden Reduction is an excellent start in lowering the administrative burden felt by Ontario businesses.  


“We are providing all Ministers with a blueprint for steps that can be taken to ensure we are growing Ontario’s economy and building shared prosperity for all,” said Pamela Robertson, Executive Director. “Each ministry has a fundamental role to play in making Ontario open for business and we look forward to working with Premier Ford as well as his cabinet in achieving the policy commitments that support businesses across the province. 


The themes that emerged in the OCC and Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce blueprint for making Ontario open for business include:  

  • Fiscal balance:  Fundamental to economic growth is ensuring that the Government of Ontario’s own fiscal house is in order. 

  • Business competitiveness:  The most powerful tool in making this province competitive is reducing red tape; we ask that the government prioritize lowering the administrative   burden on business and ensure that regulation is streamlined and effective.

  • Investment growth:  Investing in Ontario through strategic spending is essential to fostering job creation and building healthy and productive communities across the province.

  • Government accountability:   Poor implementation of government initiatives in the past has led to resource waste, mismanagement, and disruption for both businesses and residents.  


    To ensure Ontario’s economy has a strong foundation, business and government must work together to support evidence-based policies. As Ontario’s business advocate, the OCC is committed to working with the Ontario government to ensure the public policies introduced contribute to a competitive business environment as well as the economic and social well-being of our province". 


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New Ontario Government Speech from the Throne

Rapid Policy Update: New Ontario Government Speech from the Throne

On July 12th, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, delivered the Speech from the Throne laying out the priorities of the new PC government.

Yesterday’s Speech from the Throne officially opened the first session of the 42nd Parliament of Ontario, with the new government calling itself “Ontario's government for the People.” Many of the commitments made were previously announced by the PC Party during the election campaign.

The OCC has provided a synopsis of the Speech from the Throne below with key highlights most important to business. Throne speeches provide a general overview of the government’s policy commitments rather than specific details.


  1. Job Creation and Business Competitiveness: The Ontario government is committed to reducing the regulatory burden businesses are facing and reiterated its commitment to creating and protecting jobs. 
  2. Trade: The government has committed to standing “shoulder to shoulder” with the federal government on trade, standing up to U.S. tariffs and ensuring Ontario’s best interests are represented in NAFTA renegotiations.
  3. Energy and the Environment: The throne speech highlighted the government's commitment to reducing gas prices and lowering hydro bills as well as “restor[ing] public confidence in Ontario’s electricity system” by implementing management reform at Hydro One. The government reiterated its commitment to cancel Ontario’s cap-and-trade program and oppose all other carbon tax proposals. It also indicated it will be ending all green energy contracts.
  4. Transit: The government indicated its commitment to addressing the transportation needs of Ontario’s urban centres, with an intention to partner with Toronto and other GTA municipalities to improve transit services. 
  5. Government and Fiscal Accountability: The government intends to take immediate steps to “restore faith” in Ontario’s public institutions and committed to returning Ontario to a balanced budget. 
  6. Health Care: The government intends to work in collaboration with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners to ensure the health care system puts the interests of patients first. 

Read the OCC's Full Rapid Policy Update


Read the Ontario Government's Throne Speech



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Newly Appointed Cabinet Ministers



On June 29, 2018 at Queens Park, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and the new PC cabinet were sworn into office. We look forward to working with the PC government to ensure shared prosperity for all. 


Here is the full list of cabinet ministers:

  • Peter Bethlenfalvy - President of the Treasury Board
  • Raymond Cho - Minister for Seniors and Accessibility
  • Steve Clark - Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Christine Elliott - Minister of Health and Long-Term Care and Deputy Premier
  • Victor Fedeli - Minister of Finance and Chair of Cabinet
  • Doug Ford - Premier and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Merrilee Fullerton - Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • Ernie Hardeman - Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Sylvia Jones - Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport
  • Lisa MacLeod - Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Minister Responsible for Women's Issues
  • Monte McNaughton - Minister of Infrastructure
  • Caroline Mulroney - Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Francophone Affairs
  • Rod Phillips - Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
  • Greg Rickford - Minister of Energy, Northern Development and Mines, and Minister of Indigenous Affairs
  • Laurie Scott - Minister of Labour
  • Todd Smith - Minister of Government and Consumer Services, and Government House Leader
  • Lisa Thompson - Minister of Education
  • Michael Tibollo - Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • Jim Wilson - Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
  • John Yakabuski - Minister of Transportation
  • Jeff Yurek - Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry
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