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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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  • Intense Pension Debate Continues

    The dominant current provincial issue for Ontario business is the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. My column on Dec. 16 of last year discussed Bill 56, the legislation tabled by Assoc. Finance Minister Mitzi Hunter. Opposition from business has been growing, primarily in relation to the potential cost of a pension plan and its impact […]

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  • Survey Reveals Optimistic Outlook for Waterloo Region Businesses

    For Immediate Release February 25, 2015 Press Release Survey Reveals Optimistic Outlook for Waterloo Region Businesses Kitchener, ON – In a recent survey, a majority of Chamber members felt that 2014 was a positive year for their business. There was also an overwhelmingly positive outlook for business growth for 2015. As 2015 begins with lower […]

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  • Chambers and Board of Trade Support GO Rail Service Expansion

    MEDIA RELEASE Chambers and Board of Trade Support GO Rail Service Expansion Kitchener, ON – The Chambers of Commerce of Guelph and Greater Kitchener Waterloo and the Brampton Board of Trade strongly support two-way, all-day GO rail service between Waterloo Region and Union Station. A report released in 2014 by the cities of Guelph, Kitchener […]

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  • Ontario Needs a New Approach to Business

    As the Liberal cabinet positions itself at Queen’s Park following a June 2014 election, one factor should be paramount – the province requires a new economic strategy and approach to business if we have any remote thoughts of returning to the era of John Robarts, Bill Davis and the rest of Canada disliking Ontario because […]

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  • The Effects of Falling Oil Prices

    In the early days of 2015, the Canadian business agenda has been dominated by falling oil prices and a drop in the Canadian dollar. The political discussion is now focused on whether these trends are positive or negative, and for which regions of Canada. Overall, the drop in oil prices is expected to dramatically shift […]

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  • Do you want to do Business in South Korea?

    Are you doing business in South Korea? Do you want to do business in South Korean? Then be part of a trade mission there in 2015. The Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade, and Development Canada is organizing a trade mission to Seoul and Busan, South Korea from February 9-13, 2015. The Canadian government will lead […]

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  • Province’s Pension Legislation Still Has Questions to Answer

    Last week, legislation was tabled at Queen’s Park that is the first major step in creating a public pension system for Ontario. For the Ontario business sector, particularly small and medium enterprises (SMEs), a series of issues need to be addressed before this legislative initiative proceeds. If passed, Bill 56 will require Ontario employers to […]

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