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.
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.
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.
30 second English link: https://youtu.be/CFqWQioff-k
15 second English link: https://youtu.be/9gGwdCUsjBg
30 second French link: https://youtu.be/rYq4yppuUWA
15 second French link: https://youtu.be/gdzOo49ABiU
Temporary Exemption From U.S. Tariffs Should be Permanent
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.
For more information about the OER, visit: www.occ.ca/ontario-economic-report
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce is Ontario’s Business Advocate.
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.
President & CEO
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
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
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: https://youtu.be/7YGIMovrmsc
VOUS CHERCHEZ DE L’AIDE POUR L’ÉTÉ?
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 :
- 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
- 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