The fourth annual Ontario Economic Report (OER), released today by the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, reveals areas of opportunity where both business and government can focus to create an environment more conducive to small business success.
Provincial Issues Posts
The current Ontario Energy Board (OEB) framework relating to cost eligibility and cost awards (the framework) makes stakeholder participation prohibitively expensive.
The Government of Ontario is moving forward with a centralized procurement model across the Ontario Public Service and the broader public sector which may adversely impact small- and medium-sized businesses and regional economic development across the province.
Canadian flight training schools are facing numerous challenges that, if addressed, would assist in addressing Canada’s pilot shortage that is affecting not only commercial aviation but also the military, as well as remote communities that rely on air transport for food, medicine and other goods.
It has been a difficult week for the citizens of Thunder Bay with the announcement of layoff notices for 550 employees at the Bombardier plant due to a lack of future work contracts…
On Friday June 14, the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced today that eleven rural and northern communities, including Thunder Bay, have been selected as part of the new Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot…
The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Chamber of Commerce scholarships: Michelle Pocion and Kaitlyn Barr of St. Ignatius High School.
Press Release: Thunder Bay Chamber Policies Supported, Municipal Advocacy Recognized At Ontario Chamber Of Commerce Conference
Representatives of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce have just returned from a successful meeting of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) in Muskoka Lakes. The two-day conference included presentations by the Premier and the Leaders of the three Opposition Parties as well as discussion and debate on a broad range of provincial issues that are impacting businesses including infrastructure, competitiveness, and the growing skills shortage.
Employers across Ontario, but particularly in small cities of under 200,000 population and rural areas, are experiencing a shortage of qualified employees and a shrinking labour market. This challenge will continue to grow as existing workers retire. Read the resolution presented by the Thunder Bay Chamber at the 2019 AGM of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce here.
Species at risk policy continues to threaten the social, environmental, and economic sustainability of northern and rural communities. A long-term and workable solution is needed to truly open Ontario for business. Read the resolution presented by the Thunder Bay Chamber at the 2019 AGM of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce here.
Press Release: Success Certified Program Provides Valuable Job Skills; Increases Employability for High School Students
On May 1st & 2nd, students from Thunder Bay high schools, including Matawa Learning Centre, will have the opportunity to gain valuable certifications that will assist them in their career and educational pursuits.
The Thunder Bay Chamber and our Chamber colleagues in Sudbury, Timmins, North Bay and Sault Ste Marie, are raising concerns around the Provincial Government’s recent announcement of a major initiative to consolidate and centralize procurement spending within the Ontario Public Service.