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).
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.
On June 7th, 2018, the Province of Ontario will head the Polling Stations to elect the next Provincial Government. In partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, it’s 135 local Chambers representing over 60,000 businesses, we have launched the “Vote Prosperity” platform to highlight key priorities for businesses. Our efforts began in October 2017, when representatives of the Ontario Chamber Network has been meeting with Party Leadership, elected officials at Queen’s Park and senior public policy leaders, to advocate for the recommendations for a strong Ontario outlined in our Vote Prosperity Platform.
With Magnet, businesses save the time, expense, and frustration experienced in today’s traditional job search environment – and job seekers find work that is meaningful to them.
The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is helping this happen through Magnet, a local job network powered by matching technology.
HOW IT WORKS: Both job seekers and employers create a profile.
Regional Connectivity, Global Competitiveness
The Hamilton Chamber is committed to helping our members grow and prosper. More than ever, this means facilitating access to supply chains and markets beyond our local boundaries.
That’s why we teamed up with other leading chambers of commerce and boards of trade across the Greater Golden Horseshoe on a bold economic partnership.
Hamilton, ON, May 1st, 2018: This past weekend the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce hosted the Ontario Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting at the Sheraton Hotel, with over 140 leaders from Chambers of Commerce across Ontario experiencing the best our city had to offer. Check out the widget below or the hashtag #OCCAGM on twitter to get a glimpse of the content.
April 26th, 2018, Hamilton, ON: Earlier today, the Federal Government announced an increase in funding for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and Global Affairs Canada to further strengthen Canada’s trade enforcement. The new funding – more than $30 million over five years, starting immediately, and $6.8 million per year after that – will mean more than 40 new officers to investigate trade-related complaints, including those related to steel and aluminum.
On April 16, 2018, Ontario New Democrat Leader Andrea Horwath announced the NDP’s 2018 Election Platform Change for the Better. Below is a high-level synopsis of the major policy initiatives within the platform brought to you in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
Five Key Promises
- Provide drug and dental coverage for all Ontarians.
On March 28th, the Government of Ontario released its 2018 Budget, A Plan for Care and Opportunity. The following is a summary of key highlights from the perspective of Ontario’s business community released in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
Highlights concerning Hamilton:
- While the term and catchment area “GTHA” has been used by Metrolinx and the Province of Ontario for their “Big Move” strategy to invest in the B-Line LRT and Go Transit Upgrades, businesses in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area will be getting a new $100 Million Jobs and Prosperity Fund program specifically dedicated to them.
This Rapid Policy Update is offered in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.
On March 19th, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, delivered the Ontario government’s speech from the throne.
The throne speech, delivered ahead of next week’s budget and just months before the next election, focused on the theme of “care.” The top priorities for the government in lead up to the election include health care, home care, mental health and addictions, child care, and regional investments.