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Rapid Policy Update: Ontario Fall Economic Statement 2017

· by Huzaifa Saeed

On November 15th, 2017, Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa announced a Fall Economic Update. This blog post with content support from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce highlights announcements relevant to businesses.

The fall statement forecasts real GDP growth of 2.8 percent in 2017, up from 2.3 percent in the 2017 Budget.

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Hamilton Chamber of Commerce Releases Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster Video

· by Whitney Eames

Resource Designed to Educate Stakeholders on Game Changing Regional Initiative

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is a leading member of a regional consortium committed to building an advanced manufacturing supercluster in Southern Ontario. The goal is to set global benchmarks in the world of Industry 4.0 by combining our region’s manufacturing prowess with its strengths in areas of technological expertise such as artificial intelligence, process automation and digital connectivity.

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Media Release: Hamilton Chamber and Canadian Chamber welcome revised tax reforms and lower small business tax rate but remain concerned

· by Huzaifa Saeed

Hamilton, October 18, 2017 — The Hamilton and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce welcome the government’s plans to revise its proposed tax reforms and to reduce the small business tax rate as a result of the comments and concerns expressed through the national #ProtectGrowth campaign and in consultations.

“This series of tax proposals have created an unprecedented negative response amongst our membership and alignment amongst the Chamber of Commerce network across Canada when it comes to the Federal Government.

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Comprehensive, Pro-Growth Policies Needed in 2018 Provincial Election: Ontario and Hamilton Chamber launch policy platform

· by Huzaifa Saeed

Hamilton, Ont., Wednesday, October 18, 2017 – The Hamilton Chamber ofCommerce inn partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released Vote Prosperity, a platform and campaign outlining the Ontario business community’s priorities for the upcoming 2018 provincial election. Vote Prosperity provides a series of proactive recommendations that all of Ontario’s political parties should adopt to ensure growth for the province’s economy.

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Feds Shortlist Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster Bid – Prospect of Funding is Good News for Hamilton and Region

· by Whitney Eames

HAMILTON October 11, 2017: The federal government today announced that a bid to build an  Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster in Southern Ontario is on a shortlist of nine proposals that could qualify for a piece of a $950-million cluster development fund to spark high-quality jobs and global competitiveness.

Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains made the announcement during a media conference earlier in the day.

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Media Release: Extending Minimum Wage Implementation Will Slash Job Loss Risk by 74%: Economic Analysis by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and CANCEA

· by Huzaifa Saeed

Hamilton, Wednesday, September 27, 2017 – Today, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Keep Ontario Working (KOW) Coalition released two major reports that broadly capture the challenges associated with Bill 148 and the concerns of the employer community. The first report is the final economic impact analysis of Bill 148 by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis’ (CANCEA), which was peer-reviewed by Professor Morley Gunderson of the University of Toronto.

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Hamilton Chamber of Commerce policy proposals on Broadband, Trade and Steel approved by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce!

· by Huzaifa Saeed

Hamilton, ON, September 25th, 2017: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce recently concluded its annual general meeting held between September 23rd to 25th in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The convention is centered around a policy process that featured almost 70 resolutions submitted from Chambers of Commerce across Canada, which were then formally debated, resulting in adoption or rejection.

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Hamilton is Key to Advanced Manufacturing Supercluster in Southern Ontario

· by Whitney Eames

The Government of Canada is teaming up with business to turbocharge targeted industries with untapped global promise.

The goal is to help ensure that Canadian firms rank among the best in the world measured by productivity and growth.

The strategy is to invest in regional “superclusters” — dense geographic areas of business activity driven by connectivity and collaboration.

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Transcript (Sep 11): Hamilton Chamber of Commerce delivers testimony to MP Bob Bratina and Filomena Tassi on Small Business Tax Proposals

· by Huzaifa Saeed

On July 18th, 2017, the Federal Department of Finance launched a public consultation on a significant and controversial set of proposals to change how private corporations are taxed.

Soon after the launch of the consultation period, the Chamber receiving strong negative feedback on the potential impact of the proposals from our members.

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