What is Vote Prosperity?

In consultation with member Chambers like ours across Ontario, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce has developed Vote Prosperity, a platform for the 2018 provincial election campaign. This product is designed to provide Ontario with a strategy to leverage our advantages and strengthen our global competitiveness.

Ontario businesses are the backbone of our economy. High input costs and the ongoing burden of operating in one of the most regulated economies in Canada are constraints on business’ ability to invest in the human and physical capital required for growth.  To ensure the next provincial election addresses the most important issues to their survival, Vote Prosperity reflects four fundamental pillars for a strong Ontario.

These pillars collectively identify 18 policy recommendations to help bolster Ontario’s long-term economic growth, while addressing the pressing issues of today.

When you choose prosperity, Ontario wins.

Vote Prosperity’s 4 Pillars

Strengthening Business Competitiveness

  • Allow Ontario businesses to purchase surplus electricity at rates equal to or better than the exported price to other jurisdictions. (more info)
  • Conduct and publish the results of a comprehensive review of the electricity sector, including an objective economic impact analysis assessing the full range of inputs that make up the Global Adjustment (GA), and then pursue cost-reducing measures based on the results. (more info)
  • Regardless of public policy approach chosen, pursue efforts to reduce Ontario’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in a manner that effectively mitigates risk to business competitiveness. (more info)
  • Work with federal and local levels of government to establish a publicly available analysis of the cost of doing business (CODB) in Ontario. (more info)
  • Reinstate scheduled reductions in the Corporate Income Tax, standardize the Business Education Tax and reduce the Employer Health Tax. (more info)

Fostering Job Creation

  • Modernize the apprenticeship system. (more info)
  • Redesign Employment Ontario services for both job-seekers and employers and evaluate the potential of an outcomes-based funding model. (more info)
  • Work with industry and post-secondary institutions to ensure that program offerings remain responsive to the changing labour market dynamics and the regional and sectoral needs of Ontario’s business community. (more info)
  • Allocate resources to focus support on high growth firms and those with high growth potential, by delaying taxation on corporate income growth to overcome Ontario’s scale-up challenge. (more info)

Building Healthy Communities

  • Focus on strategic growth policies by ensuring that land use planning and development regulations are aligned, to increase density and create more housing stock. (more info)
  • Build adaptable and resilient infrastructure stock that can address future pressures including climate change and demographic shifts. (more info)
  • Develop a single transportation authority in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA). (more info)
  • Strike a Health Cabinet to improve information-sharing and break down budget silos between Ministries. (more info)
  • Reform the procurement and supply chain processes within the Ontario health care system. (more info)

Improving Government Accountability

  • Create a meaningful plan to tackle the debt and move towards balanced or surplus budgets. (more info)
  • Ensure all proposed policy, regulation and legislation has been evaluated against sound, quantitative evidence. (more info)
  • Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of strategic goals and publicly publish these targets to ensure transparency. (more info)
  • Provide appropriate timelines to stakeholders when revising or implementing initiatives that will impact their operations. (more info)

How Will Vote Prosperity Help Business?

Vote Prosperity’s 4 pillars and 18 recommendations beneath them will serve as a lens for measuring candidates in the upcoming Provincial election.

Individually, we urge you to consider the points made in the report and identify the ones most important to you.  Contact us and tell us where you think your Chamber should focus.  As your conduit to government we’ll be looking to you to help us shape the questions we will address to our candidates in upcoming debates and communications, and providing you with feedback to help you assess the candidates against your own goals for your business and our region.

Stay tuned for further information on pre-election activities and news, and join us on Facebook for ongoing discussion of the 18 recommendations contained within the Vote Prosperity report.

The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce' advocacy work is made possible thanks to the generous support of our

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