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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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  • Waterloo Region Business Community Concerned with Economy but Look for the Silver Lining

    For Immediate Release August 13, 2015 Press Release Waterloo Region Business Community Concerned with Economy but Look for the Silver Lining Kitchener, ON – The Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce recently surveyed its membership on a number of key issues and found that 66% of respondents are “concerned” or “very concerned” about the direction […]

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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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