Each Spring, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce holds its Annual General Meeting & Convention which brings together Chamber of Commerce executives and community business leaders to discuss the economic and political issues affecting the prosperity of Ontario business and set the policy agenda for the upcoming year. As part of the proceedings, your Chamber submits resolutions for debate and approval by the OCC Membership which address concerns specific to Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario. If approved, these resolutions will be adopted by the organization for implementation in the year to come.
The Canadian Chamber is the largest business network in the country with significant influence on policies, regulations and decisions that are critical to creating a favourable environment for business success and the future of Canada.
The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) is a federal program established in November 2019 with the goal to attract and retain skilled immigrants in rural and northern communities by testing innovative approaches to permanent immigration. RNIP can play a key role in addressing the labour shortage and achieving the federal government’s recently announced immigration targets, but it is set to expire in August 2024.
Transport Canada’s recent consultation document on the future of Canada’s Air Transportation system suggests a desire to increase Government involvement in Airport Authority oversight that could hinder responsiveness to local needs and priorities.
Businesses in Ontario that need to hire foreign talent to fill specific roles face even greater challenges with the Non-Resident Speculation Tax, which is an additional tax placed on foreign nationals and foreign corporations purchasing a home in the province. While there are exceptions for the tax, it needs to be reconsidered in its entirety.
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 in the process of setting up Supply Ontario, 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.
2022 CCC Resolution: Opposing U.S. Protectionism And State Procurement Bills That Undermine Canada’s Sustainable Forest Sector
A coordinated campaign has been initiated by certain environmental groups in the US to develop and implement state-level legislation that would discriminate against forest products exports from Canada.
Federal government dedication to new aerospace super-clusters ensures dynamic growth & expanded business opportunities.
The lack of adequate infrastructure is a significant obstacle to mining development in Canada. Greater investments in necessary infrastructure are needed to help relieve the current financial burden of construction costs placed on mining companies, to unlock the vast potential of Canadian communities, and to access the critical minerals that will help us reach our climate goals.
Submitted by: Thunder Bay Chamber of CommerceCo-sponsored by: Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce, North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce, Sault Ste Marie Chamber of Commerce, Timmins Chamber of Commerce