April 11, 2019 – Hamilton, ON: Today, the Government of Ontario released its 2019 Budget, Protecting What Matters Most, President and CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, Keanin Loomis, released the following statement in response to the Government of Ontario’s 2019 Provincial Budget.
“The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to see numerous suggestions from our Pre-Budget Submission included in the Provincial Budget announced this afternoon.
April 4th, 2019 – As part of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce’s Digital Hamilton initiative, the Chamber has released a Digital Infrastructure Report to provide perspective on the current state of digital infrastructure deployment and broadband availability in Hamilton.
To create this report, the Chamber convened a number of internet service providers servicing the City of Hamilton, to offer insight into how the City of Hamilton can facilitate, incentivize, and enhance infrastructure and service levels across the City.
Today, the Government of Ontario passed Bill 66, Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019, brought forward by the Honourable Todd Smith, Minister of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade.
Specifically as it relates to open tendering in particular, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is ecstatic to see that the Ford government has amended the Labour Relations Act to explicitly deem public bodies, including municipalities, school boards, hospitals, colleges and universities, as “non-construction employers.” Restoring competitive bidding on local construction projects should result in significant cost savings to the City of Hamilton.
March 28, 2019 – Hamilton, ON: Hamilton Chamber of Commerce applauds the provincial government’s decision to resume the RFP process and lift the freeze on land acquisition along the B-Line LRT line.
“I want to applaud the Ford Government for going forward with the Hamilton LRT project,” said Keanin Loomis, President and CEO of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.
On January 18, 2019, a report went before the General Issues Committee (GIC) at Hamilton City Hall. The City’s five-year review of Development Application Fees recommended an increase in Tariff of Fees for Development Applications. City staff were directed to consult with the development industry within the next 30 days and come report to GIC.
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 further progress has been made in approval times within the Planning and Economic Development Department.
In 2017, the Chamber launched a membership survey, which circulated from April 24th to May 15th.
The Chamber then convened a series of focus groups aimed at formally engaging key sectors within the Chamber membership and to further explore concerns raised within the membership survey, to investigate key areas of concerns and develop recommendations.
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.
As of October 17th, recreational cannabis was legalized across Canada by the Federal Government.
Presently, Ontarians can access recreational cannabis online through the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS.ca).
As of April 1st, 2019, the private retail model for cannabis that will launch across Ontario, in municipalities that opt-in to physical retail locations.