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Please join us in welcoming the new members who joined in March 2017.
GNCC offers comment on the 2017 Ontario Budget
The Government of Ontario released its 2017 budget on April 27 at the Legislative Assembly. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s recent Ontario Economic Report found that only 24 per cent of Ontario businesses are confident about the Ontario economy, and in light of this, the tone set by the 2017 Budget will be crucial to Ontario’s prosperity.
Although the budget is balanced for 2017-18, it is not expected to last beyond this fiscal year; the deficit will grow back to $1.7-billion by 2020.
Ontario budget praised and panned
Despite investing billions in health care, education and other programs that will benefit Niagara — including a new hospital — the GNCC expressed disappointment that the budget didn’t include more to help business, or address the province’s debt.
“In the current economic climate, we had hoped for more investment and stimulus for business, including a return to the promised corporate tax rate cuts,” said Mishka Balsom.
Electricity: Darlington nuclear refurbishment proceeding
The Darlington Refurbishment project remains on schedule and on budget, and has now moved into the next work segment after the safe and successful separation of the Unit 2 nuclear reactor from operating units and containment.
Click below for updates from Ontario Power Generation on these important developments for electricity supply in Ontario.
GNCC announces new directors
Today, the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) is pleased to announce the appointment of seven Directors to their Board for a two-year term.
Colleen Fleming (C. Fleming and Associates Ltd.) and Marianne Tykolis-Casey (Stevensville Lawn Service, Stevensville Garden Gallery, Safari Niagara) will join Janice Arnoldi (Janice and Robin Communications), John Clark (M.T. Bellies), Brandon Currie (Sun Life Financial), Neil Thornton (The Thornton Group), and Ruth Unrau (Focus Coach) for the coming term.
St. Catharines listed 7th among top 35 cities to buy real estate
MoneySense Magazine has placed St. Catharines as one of the top 35 cities in Canada to invest in real estate.
With rising concerns about the real estate market and affordability from financial institutions and realtors, the list looks at healthy markets that are able to withstand a potential downturn.
Region moves ahead on transit
On March 24, Niagara took its next step toward an inter-municipal transit system.
Regional councillors endorsed a proposal by a transportation working group led by the mayors and CAOs of St. Catharines, Niagara Falls and Welland to consolidate transit systems in Niagara.
IN THE NEWS
Niagara Health celebrates our more than 600 doctors on Doctors’ Day
Niagara Health is celebrating the dedication and commitment of our talented and caring physicians by joining in the celebration of Doctors’ Day on May 1.
More than 600 doctors make a significant difference each day in the lives of our patients and their families.
NSI seeks Director of Finance and Administration
Are you a retired non-profit executive or financial professional and are interested in making a difference in your community? You can join the Niagara Sustainability Initiative’s Board of Directors.
The Board of Directors is the governing body of the NSI. Its members represent a broad cross-section of the environmental and economic leadership of the community.
Woodshed Orchestra kick off In The Soil Arts Festival
In the Soil Arts Festival is an explosion of creativity in downtown St. Catharines each spring. It feature three days of music, media, theatre, dance, installations and one-time, out-of-the-box performance experiences.
On April 28, The Woodshed Orchestra will kick off the festival by recreating their latest album, Guest Book, with some very special ITS guest artists.
Walker Family Cancer Centre recognized for innovative research to improve patient experience
Niagara Health is one of only 15 healthcare organizations in North America to be recently named a recipient of The Beryl Institute’s Patient Experience Grant and Scholar Program.
The Patient Experience Grant Program supports healthcare organizations as they test ideas and efforts impacting the experiences of patients and families.
Province to invest in healthcare in Niagara
The vision to build a healthier Niagara got a significant boost today with the provincial government’s announcement that it will be investing in healthcare in our region.
Finance Minister Charles Sousa committed funding for redevelopment plans — specifically for a new south Niagara hospital — as well as primary care improvement and wait time reduction funding with further details to follow.
Tasya Candeloro wins 12th Annual Norah Morgan Memorial Award
Carousel Players is proud to announce that the winner of the 12th Annual Norah Morgan Award is Mrs. Tasya Candeloro, a Grade 3 teacher at St. Anthony Catholic Elementary School in St. Catharines.
The award recognizes elementary teachers who have made a strong contribution to the arts in Niagara schools.
Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan
Yesterday, the Ontario government released a set of 16 comprehensive measures aimed at helping Ontarians find affordable homes and bring stability to the real estate market.
Ontario’s housing market has seen dynamic growth in recent years, with prices in the Greater Toronto Area and the Greater Golden Horseshoe rising significantly.
A big boost to business investment
Canada’s businesses are optimistic about increasing investments this year, but there is a big barrier that needs to be addressed.
Before any development project, such as a mine or road can begin, the Crown has a constitutional duty to consult with and accommodate Indigenous peoples whose rights could be affected. Governments often rely on industry to do these consultations as part of the regulatory approval process.
Canadian Chamber applauds new Canadian Free Trade Agreement
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce strongly applauds the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) announced by Canada’s federal and provincial governments. The CFTA, which will come into force on July 1, 2017, will allow for freer trade within Canada and start a process of eliminating regulatory barriers between provinces and territories.
This has been a long-standing demand of the Canadian Chamber, outlined most recently in its Ten Ways to Build a Canada that Wins 2017.
The following members renewed their membership in March for another year. Thank you for supporting the Chamber — and supporting business in Niagara.
If you’re thinking of adding group benefits to your company, there are a lot of good reasons to put your Chamber membership to work for you. Not the least is exclusivity: only members have access to the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan®.
To contact your local insurance rep, call Jim Garrett or Cindy Haines at 905-468-8575
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