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Guelph Chamber Advocates for Economic Impact Analysis on the Implementation of Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan

Guelph, July 21, 2017: Today, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce made its submission to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs. In its submission, the Chamber called on the Government of Ontario to take an evidence-based approach as it considers the implementation of the Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan. The plan commits to unproven sweeping reforms without ensuring protection against unintended economic consequences, including job losses, rising consumer costs, and economic hardship. The Guelph Chamber also raised its concern about the extremely fast pace of the implementation of the plan and noted the need to review the pace and intensity of the implementation. Implementing a plan this comprehensive, as quickly as is being proposed, without an economic impact analysis could have significant impacts on local businesses, the local economy and Ontario’s competitiveness. 

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Guelph Chamber Highlight’s Importance of Canada – U.S. Trade to Agri-Food Industry

Guelph, July 20, 2017: The Guelph Chamber of Commerce made its submission to inform the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiation process. Canada, Mexico and the United States of America are currently preparing to renegotiate and modernize NAFTA. The Government of Canada sought the views of individuals and businesses on the renegotiation and modernization of the existing Agreement with the United States and Mexico. Given that NAFTA has been in force for over 20 years, the Government of Canada also sought information on the areas that have proved the most beneficial to Canadian exporters. As part of the modernization, it remains vitally important that the Government of Canada recommit to the principles of the Canada-US Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) in its initiative to harmonize regulatory requirements and practices.

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Guelph Chamber Urges Council to Move Swiftly on Parking Master Plan Implementation

Guelph, July 17, 2017: As one of the first major tests of the City’s renewed commitment to fast and efficient decision making to support business and prosperity, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce is urging Council to move forward on the proposal for an expanded Wilson Street Parkade. This proposal provides the first major opportunity to add capacity to the downtown parking system in over three decades. It also provides a net overall increase in parking spaces while ensuring overall cost efficiency.

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Guelph Chamber to Seek Evidence Based Implementation for Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan

Guelph, July 4, 2017: The Guelph Chamber of Commerce is calling on the Government of Ontario to take an evidence-based approach as it considers the implementation of the Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Plan. The plan commits to unproven sweeping reforms without ensuring protection against unintended consequences, including job losses, rising consumer costs, and economic hardship. The Guelph Chamber will raise these concerns at its presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs Community Hearings. 

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Chamber Celebrates 2017 Business Award Recipients

Guelph, June 23, 2017:  On June 22nd, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce joined leaders in business, government and community to celebrate the achievements of outstanding local businesses, organizations and individuals at theGuelph Awards of Excellence Gala. Recipients of this year’s 2017 Chamber Business Awards were selected from a robust list of finalists and nominees from across Guelph.

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Ontario’s Chief Innovation Strategist to Keynote Thought Leader Luncheon

Guelph, June 5, 2017: On June 8th, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will host the Thought Leader luncheon on transforming health care through food innovation. The Government of Ontario has committed to putting patients and innovation at the centre of their health care reform efforts. Ontario can encourage and support the development and commercialization of innovative health technologies that strengthen our health care system while also supporting the economic growth of Ontario-based companies. Among G7 countries, Ontario has the lowest costs for biotechnology research and development and for pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing, and the second lowest costs for clinical trials.  The upcoming Thought Leader luncheon, presented in partnership with Waterloo Wellington Local Health Integration NetworkMcNeil Consumer Healthcare, Ontario Agri-Food Technologies, RBC Royal Bank, will feature Ontario’s Chief Health Innovation Strategist William Charnetski as the keynote.

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Music City Guelph Amplifies Economic Opportunity

Guelph, May 24, 2017: On Thursday May 25, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with The City of Guelph, Visit Guelph, Hillside Music Festival, and Regional Tourism Organization 4, presents Royal City Music City: Amplifying our Music Tourism Strength. Music is one of Guelph’s richest potential assets; the size, diversity and vibrancy of the cluster sets the community apart from just about any other jurisdiction in Canada. With Guelph being a leader in this area, we stand to benefit even more from the estimated $455 million in revenues generated every year by the sector for the Canadian economy. The event will focus specifically on how Guelph’s strengths can be leveraged to ensure the community continues to be a leader in music tourism. 

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Ike Van Soelen to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Guelph, May 23, 2017:  On June 22, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will join leaders in business, government and community to celebrate the achievements of outstanding local businesses, organizations and individuals at the 2017 Guelph Awards of Excellence Gala. In partnership with Timberworx Custom HomesIke Van Soelen, an accomplished business and community leader, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Guelph Chamber of Commerce at this gala event.
 

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Minister of International Trade to Address Business Community at Global Leadership Forum

Guelph, May 4, 2017: As part of its continued focus on connecting local businesses with global opportunities, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce will host the Honourable Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of International Trade on Friday May 19, 2017.  The Minister will address the Global Leadership Forum on International Trade. Canada is one of the most trade-dependent nations in the world. As a leading jurisdiction in Canada and jobs powerhouse, International Trade Day 2017 provides an important focusing point for Guelph and its business community.

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Achieving Continued Balanced Budgets Only Possible if Businesses Grow

Guelph, April 28, 2017: In response to Budget 2017, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce while commending the government for Ontario’s first balanced budget since the global recession, expressed concern that there is no clear long-term plan in areas where businesses see increasing cost such as energy and cap and trade. The only means for the government of Ontario to see continued balanced budgets is if there is a strong and robust private sector.

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