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  • Improving Waterloo Region Health Care through eHealth

    eHealth is a term used to describe technologies for communicating and gathering information in the healthcare sector. eHealth is an inclusive system to manage all areas of healthcare from administrative responsibilities to the delivery of healthcare itself (i.e. electronic patient information, laboratory information systems, teleconsults, remote monitoring systems, messaging, Electronic Health Records etc).  The objective […]

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  • A Letter from Karl Baldauf, Vice President, Policy & Government Relations

    On behalf of all of us here at the OCC, we hope that you and your team have been able to enjoy some down time this summer. The month of July has enabled our policy and advocacy team to continue key research around several policy files, while also preparing for important reports in the coming […]

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  • CHAMBER FORWARDS LETTER TO PREMIER ON CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION PLAN

    The recent release of a confidential Ontario government cabinet document has raised serious concerns across the provincial business community with respect to energy affordability and long term supply. Our Chamber has forwarded correspondence to Premier Wynne. To download this letter please click here. We also encourage Chamber members and businesses across Waterloo Region to consider […]

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  • Federal budget gets mixed review from business sector

    The 2016 federal budget tabled recently by Finance Minister Bill Morneau provides a high volume of commitments on a high volume of spending portfolios. However, as the Canadian Chamber of Commerce noted, it is a budget that is spread too thin. There are investments in skills development however the cancellation of small business tax reductions […]

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  • New Economic Development Corporation Moving Forward in 2016

    By: Gerry Remers, CEO Christie Digital Systems Canada and Chair of the Waterloo Region Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors Economic development will be receiving a new stimulus in the coming months, as the new CEO of the WREDC makes his move from Toronto to Waterloo Region. The WREDC Board has worked diligently over the […]

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  • Pharmacare Proposal Requires Serious Analysis

    An issue that generated considerable media and public attention during the recent federal vote was a national pharmacare program. The election did not resolve the debate and it is clear that discussion will continue across Canada for a significant time frame. The current focus centres on recent reports advocating that prescription drugs should be included […]

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  • Hydro Rates Continue to Impact Business With No Plan of Action

    For years the Ontario residents and businesses have been feeling the pressure of steadily increasing hydro costs that have far outpaced the rate of inflation. This reality was reaffirmed in the recent Ontario Auditor General’s report that revealed Ontarians paid $37 billion more for their hydro than market value between 2006 and 2014. While much […]

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  • Chamber Supports Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation Syrian Refugee Fund

    The Kitchener-Waterloo Community Foundation recently announced that it has created the Immigration Partnership Fund for Syrian Newcomers. This dedicated fund will use community donations to support up to 1200 Syrian Refugees that will settle in our community. The KWCF also announced that it will be matching these donations up to $400,000. The GKWCC has donated […]

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  • Sweeping Support for Canadian Chamber Policy Resolutions

    Canada has chosen a new government and new direction. The business community will now be faced with a new set of challenges and opportunities. This past weekend the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) held its Annual General Meeting and Convention in Ottawa. Chambers from across Canada met to debate policy resolutions important to business across […]

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  • Policy Resolutions Ready for Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM

    This weekend the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) is hosting its Annual General Meeting in the nation’s capital of Ottawa. The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce will be there sponsoring three carefully crafted policy resolutions for the CCC to consider making priorities this year. With the Federal election results uncertain, this year’s AGM is […]

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