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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Chamber This Week – September 21, 2018



Canadian economy surges on export growth but falls short of forecasts

New Industry, New Taxes, New Fees: Undermining the Fight Against the Illegal Cannabis Market

As of October 17, Canadian adults will be able to legally purchase and consume cannabis for recreational purposes; a year and a half after the federal government introduced its legislation to do so. It will mark the beginning of a fascinating battle between a new regulated industry and the existing illegal market that Canadians are currently turning to for recreational cannabis use.

This illegal market is the reason why the government made Canada the first large developed country to legalize recreational cannabis, seeking to displace illicit sales that profit organized crime to the tune of billions of dollars per year.

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U.S. trade commission kills duties placed on Canadian newsprint

Ontario Chamber Launches Small Business Week Toolkit

To assist Chamber members, the OCC has put together a toolkit to help raise awareness of small businesses in the community. The kit coincides with the relaunch of the Small Business Week website, which will go live in the last week of September.

The kit contains a campaign overview, social graphics, key messaging points, a poster, the Small Business week logo and stamp. The kit is evolving and more content will be added, so check it frequently for new material.

View the Small Business Week Toolkit

Ontario to cut natural gas price October 1

Have Your Say On the Effectiveness of Government Services

Ontario’s Government for the People is continuing to take action in restoring trust and accountability in the province’s public finances. In August, Treasury Board President Peter Bethlenfalvy announced the next step in engaging with Ontarians by launching a three week online public consultation.

Chamber members are encouraged to complete the online survey, and tell the government how well their services are working. The closing date for responses is September 21.

Take the Survey

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