Hamilton, ON, September 21st: The Canadian Chamber of Commerce recently concluded its annual general meeting between September 16th-19th in Regina, Saskatchewan. The convention is centered around a policy process that featured almost 70 resolutions from Chambers of Commerce across Canada, which were then formally debated, resulting in adoption or rejection.
The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to report back that its submission titled: “Support the Canadian Steel Industry and its Supply Chain Clusters” was overwhelmingly approved by the delegation and is now an official advocacy priority of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
On September 2, 2016, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) sent a letter to the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) regarding their decision to have cap and trade costs included in the delivery charge of utilities.
The OCC has publicly indicated support for the Province’s efforts in dealing with climate change through the Climate Change Action Plan and specifically the decision to move forward with a cap and trade program which is designed to significantly reduce GHG emissions and deliver a lower carbon future for all Ontarians.
Hamilton, ON, August 29th, 2016 – The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with the Windsor–Essex and Sault Ste. Marie Chambers of Commerce to write a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, urging the Government of Canada to address the issue of unfair trading practices by Chinese producers, oversupply and dumping in the world steel market and bilateral information sharing to improve trade remedies and arbitration.
It’s often said that time flies when you’re having fun. Well, I have to agree, especially when that year is spent learning to be a mom and watching your new child begin growing up. My daughter Sloane will turn one year old in September, and although it was my full intention to return to the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce after my maternity leave concluded, I’ve instead made the decision to commit my time and energy to raising a family.
Hamilton, Sault Ste Marie and Windsor-Essex Chamber calling for a national steel industry strategy through a joint policy resolution
Hamilton, ON, August 17th — The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce partnered with its counterparts in Sault Ste Marie and the Windsor-Essex Region to urge the Canadian Government to focus policy efforts on developing a Canadian steel industry strategy.
Hamilton ON, August 17th, 2016: At a time when the province is trying to address the major challenge of fiscal sustainability, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and Hamilton Chamber of Commerce are suggesting a different approach to fixing the province’s health care system and putting patients first. In a report released yesterday, the organization is calling on the provincial government to turn its focus from budget cuts to empowering the health care system to become an economic and productivity driver that is responsive to emerging innovation being developed in our own backyard.
On July 27th, 2016 released details on its ongoing Changing Workplace Review.
Should Employers and Employees Be Concerned?
Following the release of the Changing Workplace Review, Ontario employers are collectively voicing their concerns about several policy recommendations being considered by the provincial government due to the profound impact these proposals will have on every workplace in Ontario.
You might be familiar with this sight on the streets of Hamilton last week: People anywhere from age 10 to 30+ concentrating intently on their smartphone screen, as if they’re taking a video or a picture, occasionally swiping their finger in upward motions. People walking in herds or alone; especially concentrated around various landmarks downtown.
Canada Post has given the union a 72-hour lock-out notification which would indicate that service will be affected as of Friday, July 8.
Note – There can be no legal work disruption before Friday, July 8. In the event of a full labour disruption, Canada Post will not operate. Mail and parcels will not be delivered, and no new items will be accepted.
Today, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce released a report that advocates the need to invest in trade-enabling infrastructure in order to maintain our competitiveness in global markets. In The Infrastructure that Matters Most, which was produced in cooperation with the Canada West Foundation, the CCC makes five recommendations to the federal government:
- Make trade infrastructure an equal priority in the $120-billion Federal Infrastructure Plan
- Make trade infrastructure investment decisions using merit-based criteria
- Renew the federal commitment to Canada’s trade corridors
- Partner with industry to develop a national trade infrastructure committee
- Consider the proposed federal infrastructure bank to enhance trade infrastructure investment
For our export-based economy, trade-enabling infrastructure is the category of infrastructure that has the strongest connection to our long-term global competitiveness and economic well-being.