Provincial Issues Posts

Press Release: New Research Identifies Opportunities to Support Small Business Success

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.

OCC Resolution: Making the Ontario Energy Board Hearing Process More Accessible

The current Ontario Energy Board (OEB) framework relating to cost eligibility and cost awards (the framework) makes stakeholder participation prohibitively expensive.

OCC Resolution: Regional Approach To Provincial Procurement Reform

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.

Submission to the Standing Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs

On Tuesday January 21, Charla made a deputation to the Standing Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs. Her presentation covered the issues most relevant to our regional economy, including mining, forestry, transportation, procurement, Bombardier, skilled trades and immigration.

OCC Resolution:  Addressing Local Labour Market Needs through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

OCC Resolution: Addressing Local Labour Market Needs through the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program

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.

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Press Release: Business Confidence Improves But More Remains To Be Done

Press Release: Business Confidence Improves But More Remains To Be Done

This week, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released their third annual Ontario Economic Report (OER). Through the Business Confidence Survey, the Business Prosperity Index, and the Economic Outlook, this report presents a candid look at private sector sentiment and opportunities for economic growth for the year ahead.

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