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Advocacy Win - Government to Review Public Holiday Rules

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ADVOCACY WIN:

Government to Review Public Holiday Rules

 

In May 2018, the Ontario government announced a review of the public holiday system under the Employment Standards Act. The government will reinstate the previous holiday pay calculation, coming into effect July 1.

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As part of the OCC’s advocacy surrounding Bill 148, the Fairer Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, the Ontario Chamber Network raised the alarm about unintended consequences of the new calculation for public holiday pay for employees under the Employment Standards Act (ESA). Under the changes introduced as part of Bill 148, employers would be expected to pay part-time employees the full eight hours for each holiday, even if they had only worked occasionally during the month. This meant that part-time employees would be entitled to the same holiday pay as full-time employees. We asked that the government return to the prior calculation to avoid a system that would be unfair to some workers.

 

 

     
 

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In May 2018 the Ontario government announced that, after hearing from stakeholders, it will undertake a review of the public holiday system of the Employment Standards Act this year. As an interim measure, the government will reinstate the previous holiday pay calculation, coming into effect July 1.

 

 

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Send a message to Queen's Park

Send a message to Queen’s Park!

 

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber Network are looking for your insight on what matters to business in an election year.

 

Share your views by taking a short survey here: occ.ca/surveys

This survey is securely hosted by Navigator, an independent consulting firm.
All responses will be kept strictly confidential. 

Closing date: Friday, May 25, 2018 at 5:00pm

 

The Ontario Chamber Network is committed to ensuring government understands the issues impacting business in this province. That’s why we need your help to express the voice of business loud and clear at Queen’s Park. 

 

Follow this link, and in five minutes let the government know what’s important to you.

 

                                                                                                                                                                    
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Ontario Budget 2018

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Rapid Policy Update:
Ontario Budget 2018

 
 

On March 28, 2018 the Government of Ontario released its 2018 Budget, A Plan for Care and Opportunity. The following is a summary of key highlights from the perspective of Ontario’s business community.

Tax Changes

The Ontario Government is harmonizing with the federal government's eligibility criteria, leaving over 20,000 employers paying $100 million more in Employment Health Tax over the next three years. In addition, businesses will be phased out of the small business deduction if they earn between $50,000 and $150,000 of passive investment income, resulting in an additional $350,000 million in new taxes for Ontario businesses over the next three years.

In an effort to support businesses making significant, long-term investment in research and development (R&D), the provincial government will enhance the Ontario Research and Development Tax Credit (ORDTC). Companies qualifying for the ORDTC will be eligible for an enhanced 5.5 percent exemption (from 3.5 percent) on expenditures over $1 million in a taxation year.

The government is also enhancing the Ontario Innovation Tax Credit (OITC) in an effort to encourage smaller companies to make investments in R&D that will aid growth. If a company qualifies for the OITC and has a ratio of R&D expenditures to gross revenues above 20 percent, it will be eligible for an OITC rate of 12 percent.  

OCC Analysis

Budget 2018 has chosen to follow the federal government's lead on changes to the tax code, resulting in a new tax burden on Ontario employers of nearly half a billion dollars over the next three years.

Transportation

In Budget 2018, the government indicates it will focus on providing fare integration across a number of transit systems. The Province will work with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), York Region Transit, Mississauga MiWay, Brampton Transit, and Durham Region Transit to introduce discounts to transit users who transfer between these municipal transit networks. This initiative could save cross]boundary transit commuters up to $1.50 per trip, saving regular commuters about $720 per year.   

Further, PRESTO card users at stations such as Port Credit, Malton, Pickering, Ajax, and Markham will also see fare reductions when taking GO Transit back and forth to Union Station. All GO Transit trips under 10 kilometres will cost PRESTO card users just $3 per trip anywhere on the GO Network.

Continuing the trend of Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) regional transit planning, the Province will explore whether major transit assets, particularly heavy rail, can be optimized with a different ownership model. The Province will begin discussions with the City of Toronto to determine whether Provincial ownership of TTC subway lines could provide better transit services for residents in the GTHA, and allow for a better sharing of costs for transit expansion between the Province and the City of Toronto.

OCC Analysis

The OCC has long advocated for fare integration within the GTHA. The proposed initiative in Budget 2018 is a step in the right direction to ensure transportation connectivity across the GTHA in support of regional economic growth.  

Digital Infrastructure

In Budget 2018, the government is providing $500 million over three years to expand broadband connectivity in rural and northern communities. This will include an investment of up to $71 million towards improving cellular coverage in Eastern Ontario and up to $20 million to Telesat to support a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite constellation project.

OCC Analysis

The OCC has consistently advocated for trade-enabling infrastructure, including both traditional infrastructure and digital infrastructure such as high-speed broadband internet. The OCC is pleased to see this investment in broadband as the province’s competitiveness relies on infrastructure that can connect communities and open access to foreign markets.

Good Jobs and Growth Fund/Skills Development

In Budget 2018, the government has made investments in a variety of areas to expand skills and workforce development and Ontario’s apprenticeships. These investments include $935 million over the next three years for the Good Jobs and Growth Plan and $170 million over three years in the new Ontario Apprenticeship Strategy. Ontario is also investing an additional $12 million to extend the Career Ready Fund to 2020–21, supporting 28,000 more experiential learning opportunities for students and employers.

Other investments include innovative post-secondary programming to match Ontario’s changing labour market, institutional and employer partnerships for experiential learning, bridge training programs for new Ontarians, services to increase access to labour market information, and skills training services for employers.

In order to prioritize investments and growth to help Ontario businesses grow and retain jobs, the Province will renew, enhance, and extend the Jobs and Prosperity Fund (JPF) with an increase of $900 million over the next 10 years. In addition, the Province’s New Economy Fund will help companies stay at the leading edge of innovation and industry to create and retain over 20,000 jobs and attract $5.7 billion in investments.

OCC Analysis

The OCC has consistently emphasized skills and workforce development as a priority for Ontario’s business community, with 77 percent of OCC members stating that the ability to recruit and retain talent is critical to their organizational competitiveness. We commend these commitments from the Province and would welcome further investments and program redesign. For our recommendations with respect to skills and workforce development see the OCC’s report Talent in Transition: Addressing the Skills Mismatch in Ontario.

Regional Economic Development

The Good Jobs and Growth Plan includes an investment in the Southwestern Ontario Development Fund and the Eastern Ontario Development Fund to support the needs of all businesses, particularly those in rural and small communities. The Province will invest an additional $100 million in these funds over the next 10 years and will aim to create and retain approximately 19,000 jobs and attract more than $800 million in investments. The government will also create a new Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area Fund to invest in and support small- and medium]sized businesses. The government’s $100 million commitment over the next 10 years aims to create and retain approximately 19,000 jobs and attract about $800 million in investments. The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) would see an investment of $85 million over the next three years, increasing NOHFC funding to $150 million in 2020–21 and introducing new NOHFC programs.

OCC Analysis

The OCC supports an economic strategy that recognizes and is responsive to the province’s many regional differences. The Ontario Chamber Network looks forward to working with the government and public agencies in ensuring that their investments are well spent.

Health Care and Child Care

The government is prioritizing spending on care in Budget 2018, particularly with regard to expansions to health care and child care.

The Budget includes total health care investments of $5 billion over three years, with $822 million being devoted to hospitals in 2018-9. This investment will support service demands related to growing and aging population, more hospital beds, new patient spaces, and specialty services.

As previously announced, OHIP+ will expand to seniors in August 2019. This program will eliminate the deductible and co-payments for Ontarians aged 65 who already use the Ontario Drug Benefit program. This is estimated it cost $575 million per year by 2020-1.

The Ontario Drug and Dental Program is newly announced in the Budget and will begin in 2019. It will reimburse 80 percent of eligible drug and dental expenses for families without workplace or public health benefits at an expense of $800 million for the first two years of the program.

Finally, the government will spend $2.2 billion over three years to increase child care accessibility and affordability, including free preschool starting in September 2020.

OCC Analysis

While hospital funding has been limited in recent years, this influx of spending does not address the fundamental challenges within the health care system nor is it directed towards the solutions identified by the OCC in our report, Health Transformation: An Action Plan for Ontario. Similarly, the expansion of OHIP+ is not aligned with the principles of an effective pharmacare program outlined in our recent Pharmacare Report. As for investments in child care, the government must find ways to supplement and augment the current market rather than override or replace it.

Debt and Deficit

Budget 2018 forecasts a $600 million surplus for the 2017-18 fiscal year. This is because many new programs announced by this government will only be designed in this fiscal year, with new costs not being realized in a meaningful way for the next one or two years. As such, the government is projecting a $6.7 billion deficit in 2018-19 and further deficits for five more years after that.

With regard to debt repayment, the government has argued that debt repayment has gone from 15 cents per year several years ago to 8 cents, which is the lowest in 25 years. Such an analysis does not take into account that the overall size of the provincial budget has increased exponentially in that time.

OCC Analysis

The OCC is concerned with the precarious fiscal situation that many of the government’s new investments will create. While the near-term deficit is projected to be less than one percent of the GDP, this comes at a time when the economy is relatively strong. The Budget also projects slower GDP growth on the horizon due to global factors.

Government Transparency and Accountability

Budget 2018 indicates that the government is committed to modernizing and transforming public services through cost-saving program improvements, reducing duplication through harmonization, scaling down investments that do not demonstrate value for money, and establishing investment priorities to manage overall sustainability.

It similarly notes that the government hopes to harness expertise through consultation, noting that industry leaders, academics, and representatives from the general public will be asked to make recommendations regarding how the government can best achieve its outcomes and improve user experience.

OCC Analysis

Improving government accountability is one of the four pillars of our Vote Prosperity platform. We have long called for improved value-for-money and return on investment assessments of government programs and services as well as more robust consultation with stakeholders

 

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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 Michael.McMahon@mnp.ca

 
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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.

 

English:

30 second English link: https://youtu.be/CFqWQioff-k

15 second English link: https://youtu.be/9gGwdCUsjBg

 

French:

30 second French link: https://youtu.be/rYq4yppuUWA

15 second French link: https://youtu.be/gdzOo49ABiU

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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.

Highlights

  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.

Highlights

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

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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.
 
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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 Chamber.ca or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom

 


Contact:
 
Guillaum W. Dubreuil
Senior Director, Public Affairs and Media Relations
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
613.797.1860
gdubreuil@chamber.ca


Please find the online version of the release here.

For further information on this alert, contact Mark Agnew, Director, International Policy, magnew@chamber.ca, 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:

œ       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.

œ       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.

œ       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.

œ       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.

œ       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.

 

 

For more information about the OER, visit: www.occ.ca/ontario-economic-report

 

 

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:
premier@ontario.ca
416-325-1941


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.


Sincerely,


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.

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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 Chamber.ca 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
613.797.1860
gdubreuil@chamber.ca

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Canada Summer Jobs 2018 application period is open.

Canada Summer Jobs 2018 / Emplois d’été Canada 2018

 

 

La version française suit …

 

LOOKING FOR HELP THIS SUMMER?

 

WHY NOT HIRE A STUDENT?

 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR WAGES IS AVAILABLE!

 

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 www.canada.ca/canada-summer-jobs. 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:

Click: www.canada.ca/canada-summer-jobs

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: https://youtu.be/7YGIMovrmsc

 

 

 

 

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POURQUOI NE PAS EMBAUCHER UN ÉTUDIANT?

DE L’AIDE FINANCIÈRE EST DISPONIBLE POUR LE SALAIRE!

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 www.canada.ca/emplois-ete-canada. 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 : www.canada.ca/emplois-ete-canada

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 : https://youtu.be/En59Xzz7N2U

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