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The Ontario Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the GNCC, needs your help on two important pieces of policy work: a review of currently-exempt occupations from some clauses of the Employment Standards Act, and the 2018 Provincial pre-budget submission. We want to hear from your business on these important issues. Tell us what’s important to you, and make sure the power of the Chamber network is working to your advantage at Queen’s Park!
As part of the Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Act, the government of Ontario is reviewing eight occupations (architects; domestic workers; homemakers; IT professionals; managerial and supervisory employees; pharmacists; residential building superintendents, janitors and caretakers; residential care workers) that are currently exempt from minimum employment standards under the Employment Standards Act. The OCC is working on a submission to government on the exemptions review. To share your opinions with the OCC and help shape their submission, please contact Nadia Todorova.
The OCC has begun planning for its 2018 Provincial pre-budget submission. We invite members of the Chamber Network who are considering similar submissions to share your ideas with us. We thank you in advance for your participation in this important policy file. Provide your feedback to Andrew Thiele.
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Niagara Women in Business Celebrated
Women’s contributions to Niagara’s prosperity were recognized on November 17 with the 17th annual Women in Business Awards. The awards highlight the vital contributions by female business leaders to the region’s economy and communities.
“Women make incredible contributions to our business community every day,” said Nicole Regehr, chair of WIN Council. “We are thrilled to be able to celebrate and recognize these accomplishments through this annual event.”
Directory Season is Here!
Production is currently underway on the 2017-2018 Niagara Business Directory. Please check your member profile on our website and verify your listing. If your require any updates or changes please log in to our website and make your changes, or email your changes to email@example.com by December 8.
Now is also a great time to take advantage of advertising opportunities in the Business Directory. Get your business noticed all across Niagara! Delivered to over 2,500 businesses
Help Fill our Barrel for the Great Holiday Food Drive
We are collecting food donations at our office at 80 King Street, Unit 3, and also at our upcoming Business After Five Holiday Social at the Scotiabank Convention Centre!
Help us fill this barrel with food, all of which will be donated to Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold. Food banks are in desperate need throughout Niagara and you can help make someone’s holidays better.
IN THE NEWS
Nominees Announced for 24th Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
The nominees for the 24th Annual NEYA awards have been announced; nominees come from diverse sectors of the local economy and we are proud to highlight members from the GNCC.
Congratulations to Studio Vine Glass, Hughes & Co., Dental Hygiene of Niagara, Dillon’s Small Batch Distillers, The Violin Group, Mac Frugal’s Furniture, Cash Depot & Liquidation King, Niagara Inflatables & Games Inc., A.S. Security & Surveillance Inc., Advanced Chiropractic Clinic, and others
Chorus Niagara Children’s Chorus Presents Under Winter Moon
Snowfall, stars and evergreen boughs laden. Join the Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir as they present a concert that celebrates all that is magical in the holiday season.
You will be treated to a broad selection of seasonal songs from jazzy holiday favourites to traditional carols. Our youngest to our oldest singers will join together with the audience to sing David Kantor’s “Night of Silence” and “We Wish you a Merry Christmas!” for a memorable holiday finale.
OneFoundation for NHS Rebrands to Niagara Health Foundation
OneFoundation for Niagara Health System has made a bold step forward and has rebranded to Niagara Health Foundation. The new name and a new look reflects the Foundation’s partnership with Niagara Health and the Foundation’s commitment to building a healthier Niagara.
Under our new name, Niagara Health Foundation will continue to work with all residents of Niagara to make sure we have the healthcare we need today and in the future.
NC Nominates Six Distinguished Grads For Prestigious Premier’s Awards
Niagara College is proud to nominate six of its distinguished alumni for prestigious Premier’s Awards. Presented annually as part of the Colleges Ontario Higher Education Summit, the Premier’s Awards celebrate the outstanding contributions of six Ontario college graduates.
“There is no sector of our economy or part of our community that isn’t touched by the outstanding contributions of college graduates,” said Niagara College president Dan Patterson.
Qube Escape Rooms Heart Niagara Fundraiser
Looking for something fun to add to your Office Holiday Gathering this year? Qube Escsape Rooms offers a great fun-filled time with Team vs. Team Challenges, accommodating groups up to 50!
Unlock the magic of Escape Rooms this holiday season. All sales from Escape Rooms on Friday, December 1st will be donated to Heart Niagara.
Another Accolade for A.S. Security & Surveillance
Past Niagara Business Achievement Awards nominee and current Niagara Entrepreneur of the Year nominee A.S. Security is also in the running for the 2018 Top Choice Awards, being awarded at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.
The voting period for the awards has opened. If you’d like to support Tony Stayrer and A.S. Security, please vote.
How is trade under Trudeau shaping up?
It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for Justin Trudeau’s progressive free trade agenda, with uncertainty looming over several existing and potential deals.
Just weeks after the Canadian prime minister was lambasted for apparently “sabotaging” a major pacific trade deal, his office is planning a trade mission to China. Meanwhile, officials from Canada, Mexico and the United States are at loggerheads over controversial proposals in a renegotiation of their North American deal.
With U.S. out, Canada’s focus on TPP is more important than NAFTA
Canada’s government is engaged in a two-pronged trade negotiation strategy as its handles simultaneous negotiations with its NAFTA partners and a revived TPP bid.
However, TPP-11 is starting to take greater precedence over the stalled NAFTA negotiations and could put the country in a better negotiating position with the U.S. “The TPP was seen as a way to keep the U.S. in check if you like,” says Daniel Schwanen, vice president of research at the C.D. Howe Institute.
Lack of Details on Small Business Tax Changes Concerning
Despite the federal government’s partial adjustments to its small business tax changes, business groups are still troubled about the potential negative effects the revised proposals will have on small and medium-sized firms.
The concerns are spelled-out in a new letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau by the Coalition for Small Business Tax Fairness, a unified voice of now almost 80 organizations representing hundreds of thousands of business owners across the country.
The following members renewed their membership in October 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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