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Policy Win – Open Tendering for Public Procurement

· by b.caramento@hamiltonchamber.ca

On December 6th, the Government of Ontario  proposed legislation, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2018, announced by the Honourable Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to see that the provincial government implemented legislative change, recommended by the our policy staff earlier this year.

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Bill 47 – What You Need to Know

· by b.caramento@hamiltonchamber.ca

What You Need to Know About Bill 47

On October 23, 2018, the Government of Ontario’s announced Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018. The announcement included a near full repeal of Bill 148, dissolution of the Ontario College of Trades, and improvements to the journeyperson-to-apprentice ratio.

What do these changes mean for Ontario business?

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Press Release: Four Major Business Associations Partner on Support for LRT

· by b.caramento@hamiltonchamber.ca

Four Major Business Associations Partner on Support for LRT

October 9, 2018 – Hamilton, ON: The four largest business associations in Hamilton –
the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, the Realtor’s Association of Hamilton-Burlington,
the Hamilton Halton Construction Association, and the Hamilton Halton Home Builders’
Association – have joined together to publicly support the B-Line LRT project, which has
once again become a municipal election issue.

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Hamilton is Open For Business – Tangible Improvements to City Approval Backlogs

· by b.caramento@hamiltonchamber.ca

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce represents our members and their collective interests on the City of Hamilton’s Open for Business Sub-Committee.

This sub-committee is tasked with reducing red tape and improving efficiency in municipal government.

We are pleased to see that significant progress has been made in approval times within the Planning and Economic Development Department.

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Joint Letter to Minister Duclos on Basic Income Pilot – September 10th, 2018

· by b.caramento@hamiltonchamber.ca

Hamilton, ON, September 10th – The Hamilton and Thunder Bay Chambers of Commerce submitted a letter today to the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, asking the Federal Government to assume oversight of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot project.

You can view the full letter here: Joint Letter to Minister Duclos on Basic Income Pilot – September 10th, 2018

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Hamilton Chamber Encourages Federal Government to Consider Mayors’ Request

· by b.caramento@hamiltonchamber.ca

The Mayors of Hamilton, Brantford, Kawartha Lakes, and Thunder Bay have written a joint letter, asking the Federal Government to assume oversight of the Ontario Basic Income Pilot project.

The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce strongly encourages the Federal Government to consider this request.

The economy has and will continue to drastically change in the years ahead.

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Hamilton Light Rail Transit: Countdown to Construction

· by Whitney Eames

Construction of Hamilton’s light rail transit line from McMaster University to Eastgate Square is poised to begin within 18 months. Preparations include creating a plan to mitigate the negative impact on businesses from construction along the route. This plan — which will be written into the construction agreement with the selected contractor — will feature best practices from cities across North America and beyond.

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Fixing “Pain Points” in Canada’s Innovation Corridor

· by Whitney Eames

Two vocal champions of Canada’s Innovation Corridor — Keanin Loomis, CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Jan De Silva, CEO of the Toronto Region Board of Trade — spoke about the benefits of collaboration in support of regional economic development on the Bill Kelly Show, AM900 CHML (June 15, 2018).

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Rapid Policy Update: United States of America applies Tariffs on Canadian Steel and Aluminum, Canada Retaliates

· by Huzaifa Saeed

As of Midnight, June 1st, 2018, President Donald Trump and the United States Government has applied a 25% Tariff on Canadian Steel and 10% on Canadian Aluminum. This tariff is an implementation of a section 232 investigation that was extensively covered in March 2018, with significant advocacy and negotiation efforts from the Chamber network, industries on both sides of the border and Canadian Government leading to a temporary exemption for Canada, European Union and other United States allies.

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