In this edition:
- Business confidence found at record low in Ontario Economic Report
- Meridian to host Business Accelerator Loan Program webinar
- Ontario to issue RFPs for Garden City Skyway twinning this spring
- Region poised to take ownership of St. Paul West train bridge in St. Catharines
- Niagara getting $280k in provincial funding to help manage old oil and gas wells
- Canadian balance of trade enters deficit for first time since July
- Focus on Climate
Business confidence found at record low in 2024 Ontario Economic Report
High inflation, interest rates and housing costs continue to drive pessimism in Ontario’s economic outlook, according to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCC) eighth annual Ontario Economic Report (OER). Despite this, many businesses surveyed remain confident in their own outlooks, with 53 percent expecting to grow.
“Business confidence in the economy has plunged from 29 percent at the height of the pandemic to just 13 percent two years later – driven by the rising costs of living and of doing business,” said Daniel Tisch, President and CEO of the OCC. “There are bright spots – particularly in growth sectors such as mining – thanks to strategic investments, population growth and improved labour market resilience. In 2024 and beyond, productivity must be our priority.”
Meridian to host Business Accelerator Loan Program webinar, helping businesses access capital
Meridian Credit Union has partnered with Northern Ontario Angels to offer a free online information session on Friday February 8 exploring their new Business Accelerator Loan Program. Supported by the BDC, the loan program aims to enhance entrepreneurial diversity and improve access to financing for all business owners. Join this free session to learn more and ask questions.
Niagara getting $280k in provincial funding to help manage old oil and gas wells
The Ontario government has announced $280,000 in funding to help manage old oil and gas wells in Niagara. The funding will be used to buy equipment to support emergency response and provide additional health and safety training to staff.
Niagara West MPP Sam Oosterhoff says there are several old and inactive oil and gas wells across Niagara, especially in the southern part of the Region, and the funding will help protect the local environment.
Canadian balance of trade enters deficit for first time since July
In December, Canada’s merchandise exports decreased 1.9%, while imports edged up 0.2%. As a result, Canada’s merchandise trade balance with the world went from a surplus of $1.1 billion in November to a deficit of $312 million in December, the first monthly trade deficit since July. The December deficit is close to the typical bounds for monthly revisions to imports and exports.
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Focus on Climate
The European Commission wants to dramatically slash greenhouse emissions by 2040, an ambitious target likely to become a political flashpoint in the year ahead and a source of inspiration for environmentalists in Canada.
In an announcement Tuesday, the EU’s executive branch proposed cutting economy-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 90 per cent from 1990 levels.
“The case for climate action is beyond doubt and requires planning now,” Wopke Hoekstra, the EU’s climate change commissioner, said in announcing the proposal.
“We’ve just lived through the hottest summer on record and we’ve seen for ourselves the devastation that climate change brings, sadly ever more in human lives.”
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