Category - Advocacy

GNCC 2020 Pre-Budget Submission to the Government of Ontario

February 11, 2020

Dear Minister Phillips, On behalf of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) and the 1,500 members of the business community we represent, I would like to offer my thanks for soliciting these pre-budget submissions. Your government has consistently recognized that it is the businesses, non-profit organizations, and the people of Ontario who are responsible…

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Ontario Receives Recommendations to Help Credit Unions Better Serve Members

February 3, 2020

Recommendations aim to reduce regulatory burden and modernize the credit union sector The Ontario government is reviewing recommendations to help credit unions and caisses populaires better serve their communities. MPP Stan Cho, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Finance, was at the Meridian Credit Union in Guelph today to announce recommendations to reduce regulatory burden…

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GNCC to offer suggestions for Ontario 2020 budget

January 24, 2020

The Government of Ontario has issued a call for submissions in its pre-budget consultations, and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) will offer suggestions for the 2020 budget. The vision of the GNCC is to see the Niagara region at its social and economic best, and the Chamber will be presenting policy options that…

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GNCC applauds Ontario small business tax rate cut

January 6, 2020

In welcome news, the Government of Ontario has announced that, effective January 1st of this year, it will reduce the small business Corporate Income Tax by 8.7%, to a new rate of 3.2%. Small businesses are the backbone of Ontario’s economy. Almost all of Niagara’s businesses are small- or medium-sized enterprises, and nearly four in…

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GNCC Welcomes Municipal Nominee Immigration Program

January 6, 2020

In his mandate letter, Prime Minister Trudeau instructed Immigration Minister Mendicino to begin work on a program that would give local communities, chambers of commerce and labour councils a say in the selection of immigrants, helping them match newcomers with labour needs. The GNCC has suggested such a program in the past, anticipating that allowing…

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GNCC Optimistic for Future of North American Trade

December 11, 2019

The GNCC was pleased to receive the announcement that U.S. House Democrats had approved the CUSMA trade agreement. We have strongly advocated for free trade and hope that this agreement will clear the way for uninterrupted and unhindered trade between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. We urge legislatures to ratify this agreement quickly and…

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City, GNCC team up to give women a Seat at the Table

November 5, 2019

 The City of St. Catharines and Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) are teaming up to get more women on the municipal ballot, and in seats around the City Council table.  Thanks to a grant from Women and Gender Equality Canada, in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the City is excited to launch…

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St. Catharines government policy must be fair and rules-driven

November 2, 2019

Sound evidence and reasoning are the foundation to making sound decisions. It is the principle that has guided our work at Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. It is the principle that has steered the work of our governments as well. Yet, on Oct. 7, St. Catharines city council narrowly voted to ignore both a staff…

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GNCC Still Optimistic for Future of Niagara Governance

October 25, 2019

Today, the Government of Ontario announced that the result of its study of governance reform in regions across Ontario, including Niagara, was to accept the status quo. To many who were looking for changes in the municipal government structure, this will come as a disappointment. However, the GNCC does not take it to mean that…

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What does the federal election mean for Niagara’s businesses?

October 24, 2019

The 2019 election is over. The governing Liberal Party was reduced to a minority, albeit a strong one, while the Conservative Party and the Bloc Québécois made considerable gains. An NDP surge was expected from polling but did not materialize on election day, likely as a result of strategic voting, while the Green Party gained…

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