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September 2019

Federal All Candidates Debate - Thursday September 26, 2019


The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the South Grenville Chamber hosted the Federal All Candidates Debate. Thank you to Tony Hicks the Camera Guy for recording the Debate. 



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Truespeed Internet Services Inc. Ranks No. 50 on the 2019 Growth 500

Truespeed Internet Services Inc. places No. 34 on The Globe and Mail’s brand-new ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies

BROCKVILLE, ONTARIO (September 27th, 2019)


Truespeed Internet Services Inc is pleased to announce it placed No. 34 on the inaugural Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies. Canada’s Top Growing Companies ranks Canadian companies on three-year revenue growth. Truespeed earned its spot with three-year growth of 1,474%.

“It is an honor to be included in the inaugural edition of such a prestigious group of businesses.” says CEO Adam MacGregor. “We created Truespeed to serve our community and it is humbling to have received the level of support we’ve experienced from our amazing subscribers. Thank you!”

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Launched in 2019, the Canada’s Top Growing Companies ranking program aims to celebrate entrepreneurial achievement in Canada by identifying and amplifying the success of growth-minded, independent businesses in Canada. It is a voluntary program; companies had to complete an in-depth application process in order to qualify. In total, 400 companies made the ranking this year. The full list of 2019 winners, and accompanying editorial coverage, is published in the October issue of Report on Business magazine—out now—and online at tgam.ca/TopGrowing.

“We created the Canada’s Top Growing Companies program because we believe there is much Report on Business readers can learn from the successes of the country’s best entrepreneurs,” says Derek DeCloet, Editor of Report on Business and Executive Editor at The Globe and Mail. “We’re excited to be telling their stories.”

“The 400 companies on the inaugural Report on Business ranking of Canada’s Top Growing Companies ranking demonstrate ambition, innovation and tremendous business acumen,” says Phillip Crawley, Publisher and CEO of The Globe and Mail. “Their contributions to the economy help to make Canada a better place, and warrant commendation.”

About The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail is Canada’s foremost news media company, leading the national discussion and causing policy change through brave and independent journalism since 1844. With our award-winning coverage of business, politics and national affairs, The Globe and Mail newspaper reaches 6.6 million readers every week in our print or digital formats, and Report on Business magazine reaches 1.8 million readers in print and digital every issue. Our investment in innovative data science means that as the world continues to change, so does The Globe. The Globe and Mail is owned by Woodbridge, the investment arm of the Thomson family.

About Truespeed Internet Services Inc

Truespeed is an independent Internet and voice facilities-based service provider headquartered in Brockville, Ontario. We provide high value telecommunications services including internet service over Cable, FTTN/DSL, Fixed Rural Wireless and Fibre as well as IP Telephone and Streaming Television packages. The Truespeed team has previously been honored by two Brockville Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence – Business Person of the Year awards, placed on the 2017 and 2018 Startup 50 and 2019 Growth 500 listings and is included on the Financial Posts’ Innovation Nation “FP Innovation 154” profile.  Offering low pricing with a focus on quality customer service, Truespeed is an innovative and dynamic company that began operation in Brockville, Ontario in 2014.

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The Great Mosaic:Reviving Ontario's Regional Economics



Sept 12, 2019



Industry report outlines strategies to unlock the economic potential of communities across the province


Brockville, Sept 12, 2019 – Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce released a new report, The Great Mosaic: Reviving Ontario’s Regional Economies. The report outlines how government of all levels can work with industry to unleash the potential of Ontario’s regional economies and reinforce the competitiveness of the province as a whole.


“We are only as strong as our weakest link and our ability to prosper depends on the strength of our different regions. Economic and population growth rates in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Ottawa have far surpassed those in other areas of the province,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “Our communities – and the province as a whole – risk falling behind if we do not leverage the rich and diverse competitive advantages of our local economies.”


The Great Mosaic: Reviving Ontario’s Regional Economies examines the opportunities and challenges faced by different communities across the province and offers a framework for thinking about the present and future of Ontario’s regional economies.


“We urge policymakers to take a modern and comprehensive approach to economic development by leveraging the existing competitiveness advantages of Ontario’s regions, and implement deliberate strategies to support long-term growth in communities across the province,” added Rossi.


The OCC’s report makes 17 recommendations to strengthen the well-being of Ontario’s regions. Key takeaways include:


  • The most cost-effective way to drive economic development is to cultivate talent, trade, and infrastructure. Governments should make it a priority to upgrade transportation and energy networks, modernize their regulations and business supports, offer dynamic education and training opportunities, and encourage labour mobility.
  • Building regional capacity for innovation is fundamental to productivity and growth. This means improving commercialization and technology adoption, strengthening regional innovation centres, expanding broadband internet access, and facilitating cluster development.
  • Modern governance of economic development should empower a wide range of stakeholders including businesses, post-secondary institutions, and not-for-profit organizations outside government. Regional collaboration, economic reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and the use of data are all critical to mobilizing local assets.


“In the face of technological transformation and globalization, there is no question that Ontario has what it takes to succeed. We are optimistic that the province can successfully navigate the modern economy if we work together to unlock the economic potential of our communities,” says

Pamela Robertson, Executive Director of the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce


Read the OCC’s report, The Great Mosaic: Reviving Ontario’s Regional Economies here.


Read the OCC’s full list of recommendations here.

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Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program, the Community Culture and Recreation Stream (CCR) - Deadline Nov 12, 2019

Please see attached. Capitol funding for Municipalities and non-profit sector (new builds or renovations; including Trails).


Follow the link and look at the guidelines. 




If you have any questions, please contact me. 😊


Sharon Proulx
Regional Advisor

Ontario Regional and Corporate Services Division

Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport

Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility

Cell: (613) 540-1198 






News Release

Ontario is Building Strong Partnerships with Municipalities

August 19, 2019

Premier Doug Ford Pledges to Work with Municipalities at Annual AMO Conference

OTTAWA — Today, Premier Doug Ford addressed the Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) annual conference, where he committed to building strong, local partnerships with municipalities. Highlighting Ontario's investments in local communities, Premier Ford committed to equipping local governments with what they need to build their communities from the ground up, deliver better value for taxpayers, and build for the future.

"Our government's relationship with Ontario's municipalities is incredibly important to us," said Premier Ford. "As the level of government closest to the people, municipalities know the needs of their communities best. We must work together to put local communities back in the driver's seat of their own affairs."

Investing in infrastructure

The government is putting people first by making historic, strategic and local investments in schools, hospitals, transit, highways and other critical infrastructure. The government will be opening the Community, Culture and Recreation Stream under the federal Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program starting September 3, 2019. This program could unlock up to $1 billion in funding for important local projects such as community centres, sports arenas and cultural centres.

"That's what we mean by investing from the ground up and investing in people," said Premier Ford. "We're providing $144 billion over the next decade to make life better and easier for the people in our communities. Every project will help boost the local economy, create jobs and help businesses grow, while increasing revenues for local governments to reinvest into their public programs and services."

Promoting fiscal sustainability 

The government is committed to working with Ontario's municipalities to find savings, drive efficiencies and modernize service delivery. 

Premier Ford announced municipalities will receive transitional funding in 2020, which will ensure municipalities can continue to fund critical services like public health and child care, while working with the Ontario government to reduce costs over the long term. 90 per cent of eligible municipalities took up the government's offer earlier this year to help fund line-by-line reviews. Both levels of government will continue partnering together on cost-saving efforts in the months and years to come. 

The government is also increasing funding by an average of nearly four per cent for land ambulance services for 2019 and the funding will see an increase in 2020. The government is further ensuring there are no changes to the structure of the Ontario Municipal Partnership Fund for 2020. 

These steps will ensure municipalities can continue to deliver the services the people of Ontario rely on every day, while local governments work with the province to find efficiencies and help put Ontario on the path to fiscal balance. 

Cutting red tape in local communities

Premier Ford celebrated the province's progress on removing unnecessary red tape and reducing reporting requirements imposed on municipalities by the province.

To date, the government has identified 94 provincial reporting requirements for elimination and is simplifying or consolidating 27 others. This will allow municipalities to focus on the things that matter most — the frontline services people rely on every day. 

The government is reducing the reporting burden on municipalities through measures that include: 

  • Removing certain requirements from future transfer payment agreements for large municipal transit projects;
  • Eliminating the auditor's reporting requirement for government partners in the training, colleges and universities sector, except for organizations deemed to be high risk; 
  • Eliminating eight reports in the long-term care home sector; 
  • Consolidating two reports under the Community Homelessness Prevention Initiative;
  • Simplifying cemetery and crematorium reports under the Bereavement Authority of Ontario;
  • Simplifying the Annual Survey of Public Libraries; and
  • Adopting an electronic distribution process to eliminate sending hard copies of reporting requirements to the Ministry of Transportation.

"Municipalities know how to make every dollar count because they know where it's needed most," said Premier Ford. "The province inherited a massive debt and broken systems for health care, education, and social services from the previous government. The solution shouldn't be imposing one-size-fits-all solutions from Queen's Park. Rather, we should focus on giving our municipal partners more flexibility with their budgets to protect core services."

"We recognize there's tremendous value in our municipal relationship. It's important we continue to talk, listen and work together on our shared priorities," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "We've had 11 meetings with AMO over the past year and brought 53 items forward for consultation. I want to thank AMO for their input and advice. We'll continue working with all of our municipal partners to deliver better results for the people of Ontario."



  • Ontario’s municipalities work together to achieve shared goals and meet common challenges through the Association of Ontario Municipalities (AMO). The AMO is a non-partisan, non-profit association that supports and enhances strong, effective municipal government in Ontario.
  • All Government of Ontario ministers are attending this year’s AMO conference.
  • The AMO annual conference gives representatives from Ontario municipalities, provincial decision-makers and other civic stakeholders from across the province the opportunity to meet and share ideas about how to work together to solve some of the biggest challenges facing governments today.




Ivana Yelich
Premier’s Office

Office of the Premier

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Chamber Group Insurance Update

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce  and Brett Tanner, Regional Director for the Chambers Plan are pleased to announce that O’Farrell Financial will now be joining us in Brockville to market, sell and service members and local business not currently with the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan. Below is a brief synopsis of what O’Farrell Financial is all about in their own words;

“At O’Farrell Financial, we provide employee benefits and group retirement savings plan’s as well as financial and estate planning services to help our clients live the life they want today and secure the legacy they want for tomorrow. Regardless of where we are in our lives, whether we’re starting a family or planning our estate, purchasing a home or planning for retirement, a plan helps us get the best of what we want the most. That’s why our clients count on us to support them in creating and acting on plans that meet them where they are in life. Our Employee Benefits Division specializes in providing our clients with the best possible solution for their unique needs. David Murray, will work with your organization to obtain the most cost-effective sustainable plan available, to ensure you get the best plan design to attract and retain key employees. Working with the Chambers Plan its unique pooling system and not for profit nature also provides for more long term cost certainty and stable renewals. Creating the employee benefits plan for your business takes experience and knowledgeable advice; we will work with you to find the right fit.”

Contact Information:

David Murray

Phone: 613-774-2456 Ext: 427



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