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  • The Challenges of Governing Rural Ontario

    For over a century, the province of Ontario has generally maintained a strong balance across the economies of rural and urban regions. Rural southwestern Ontario has prospered from stable manufacturing and agri-food sectors which are still considered the province’s two leading and dominant industries. However, global restructuring leveled a significant economic impact that is now […]

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  • Canada’s Mayors Offering Federal Parties Solutions on Issues Impacting Standard of Living, Jobs and the Economy, Sustainability

    Canada’s cities are leading centres for creativity and innovation. They attract the talent and investment required for large-scale initiatives to succeed. As fundamental drivers of the economy, cities are best positioned to provide a path to job creation, stable, long-term, prosperity and sustainability for Canada. With a federal election on the horizon, the Federation of […]

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  • Ontario Businesses Remain Concerned About the Ontario Registered Pension Plan

    In an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) further echoed the long standing opinion of the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce that the upcoming implementation of the Ontario Registered Pension Plan (ORPP) will have far reaching negative impacts on business in Ontario. And, in a recent survey administered […]

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  • Building Infrastructure for Economic Growth

    The local, provincial and national business sectors all recognize the importance of infrastructure and infrastructure planning as critical for future economic growth and prosperity. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce 2015 Top Ten Barriers to Competitiveness notes that public investment into infrastructure has not maintained an adequate pace with economic growth to the point that domestic […]

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  • Greater KW Chamber of Commerce Announces Launch of Chamber Accelerator Mentorship Program

    PRESS RELEASE Greater KW Chamber of Commerce Announces Launch of Chamber Accelerator Mentorship Program Kitchener, ON – The Chamber is pleased to announce the launch of the Chamber Accelerator Mentorship Program (CAMP). This program will provide established SME’s focusing on non-tech industries the opportunity to work with mentors to set and achieve new goals and […]

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  • 5 Policy Resolutions Passed at Ontario Chamber of Commerce AGM

    It was another year of success for the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce at this year’s Ontario Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting. All five of the policy resolutions we submitted were debated and passed by the OCC members. The resolutions will be the focus for lobbying efforts by the OCC staff and local […]

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  • Waterloo Region Jobs Growth Driven by Finance, Public Administration, and Food Service

    According to StatsCan Waterloo Region’s unemployment rate as of March 2015 dropped to 5.7% from 6.9% year-over-year. That drop represents thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars in economic growth in our community. According to a Workforce Planning Board of Waterloo Wellington Dufferin, the industries that are pushing this job growth in Kitchener, Waterloo, […]

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  • Federal Budget Supports Manufacturing and Small Business

    Media reports from the 2015 federal budget tabled by Finance Minister Joe Oliver on April 21 indicate that two sectors have emerged as winners – manufacturers and small business. This analysis is significant for the Region of Waterloo, where one in five jobs is directly related to manufacturing. Local companies will benefit from the ten- […]

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  • My Day in the World of a Virtual Office

    According to StatsCan over 1.8 million self-employed Canadians work from their home. Renting or leasing an office space for a finite amount of time is often cost prohibitive for entrepreneurs or small teams that work remotely. At the same time these entrepreneurs often need a physical space to host meetings, create a productive routine, or […]

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  • Thank You Volunteers – National Volunteer Week April 12-18

    It’s National Volunteer Week from April 12-18th and I’d like to thank the nearly 400 volunteers that help the Chamber staff throughout the year. Thank you to our volunteer event committees, advocacy committees, Health Care Resource Council, and all of the other volunteers that help make the Chamber run. Volunteers help build our community up […]

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