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Rapid Policy Update: Province of Ontario Considering the Fairness in Procurement Act, 2018 to respond to Buy American legislation in the United States

· by Huzaifa Saeed

February 21st, 2018: The Government of Ontario is proposing The Fairness in Procurement Act, 2018, would, if passed, allow Ontario to take responsive and proportional action to discriminatory government procurement practices by U.S. subnational jurisdictions.

Buy American policies in the U.S. at the state level could restrict or inhibit Ontario-based businesses from participating or succeeding in certain state government procurement contracts.

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Media Release: Hamilton Chamber of Commerce concerned about the impact of the United States Commerce Department Section 232 Recommendations on Steel Imports

· by Huzaifa Saeed

February 20th, 2018, Hamilton, ON: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is concerned about the implications of the United States Department of Commerce’s recommendations to President Trump, under a NAFTA Section 232 investigation requested by President Trump in April 2017, concerning the Steel and Aluminum Industries. The law allows the president to unilaterally impose Tariff taxes and other restrictions on imports for reasons of national security, breaking from any existing trade protocols under NAFTA or World Trade Organization.

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Advanced Manufacturing Bid Named One of Canada’s Five Superclusters

· by Whitney Eames

Regional Benefits will Extend to Hamilton and its Business Community

Ottawa, ON, Thursday, February 15, 2018 — Navdeep Bains, Canada’s Minister for Innovation, Science and Economic Development, announced today that a strategy to build an Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster for Canada has qualified for federal investments under the Government of Canada’s Innovation Superclusters Initiative.

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

· by Huzaifa Saeed

 

Hamilton, ON, February 7, 2018 –  Today the Hamilton 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.

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10 Ways to Build a Canada that Wins: The 2018 Policy Priorities of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce

· by Huzaifa Saeed

This week, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce network released 10 Ways to Build a Canada that Wins, a document that provides business, decision-makers and government with a series of clear priorities and objectives that, if addressed, will give Canada a competitive edge, improve productivity and grow the economy.

A strong and prosperous Canada depends on business growth, but businesses are grappling with daunting challenges—economic, political and technological—at home and abroad.

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NAFTA Negotiation, Round 6 Updates (January 22nd-28th, 2018)

· by Huzaifa Saeed

January 31st, 2018: NAFTA talks successfully passed the critical round 6 in Montreal as the three countries moved closer towards a renewed and modernized agreement over the past week. However, several issues remain unresolved and a number of radical proposals from the Trump Administration remain unresolved. The three countries have two additional rounds of negotiation planned on the books, if the agreement isn’t resolved before the Summer, many experts believe that negotiations will enter a hiatus until the conclusion and outcomes of the Mexican Federal and US Midterm elections.

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Media Release: Further Offset Measures Needed in Upcoming Budget to Keep Ontario Competitive The Ontario’s Chamber Network calls for tax reform, smart spending to support Ontario businesses

· by Huzaifa Saeed

Hamilton, Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 – Today, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with 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.

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Resource Guide: Canada and the CETA (Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement) and what it means for businesses

· by Huzaifa Saeed

Earlier this Fall, Canada and members of the European Union signed the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement. The agreement is comprehensive in its coverage and potential new market opportunities for businesses in Canada. For example, before CETA’s entry into force, only 25 percent of EU tariff lines on Canadian goods were duty-free.

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