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Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce

Daily Update: June 14, 2023

In this edition:

Businesses big and small growing in Grimsby

The town of Grimsby is one of the fastest-growing municipalities in Niagara, with the population expected to continue to increase steadily over the next decade. However, growth is more than just a number for these local businesses.

No matter how small or big these spots are, they are all focused on expanding their success in the town. In fact, growing in Grimsby means something different to each and every one of them.

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Municipalities need to rethink policies on future office development: Altus report

comprehensive report by the Altus Group on the growing oversupply of office space in the Greater Toronto Area caused by the shift to work at home highlights the need for municipalities to rethink policies around future office development.

In Toronto, office vacancy rates have soared from two per cent prior to the pandemic to about 20 per cent today and are expected to rise as many employers continue to adopt hybrid work models.

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Volkswagen deal to cost the federal government more than previously announced: PBO

The parliamentary budget officer says Canada’s exclusive contract with German auto giant Volkswagen to build an electric-vehicle battery plant in southwestern Ontario will cost the federal government up to $16.3 billion over the next ten years.

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Markham mayor asks Ontario to make York Region one big city

The mayor of Markham is asking the provincial government to consolidate York Region into one large city.

The request was released in a letter written by Frank Scarpitti on Wednesday.

“The provincial government has taken bold steps restructuring the City of Toronto Council and Peel Region and should be doing the same in York Region,” the letter says. “There is no rationale for taking bold steps in other GTA cities and keeping the status quo in York Region.”

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Week of teaching and workshops to celebrate Indigenous Peoples

From learning to string a wooden lacrosse stick to listening to traditional teachings, a packed five days of events will honour the heritage, cultures and contributions of Indigenous Peoples at Brock University next week.

Hosted by Brock’s Hadiyaˀdagénhahs First Nations, Métis and Inuit Student Centre from Monday, June 19 to Friday, June 23, Indigenous Peoples Awareness Week (IPAW) will showcase 20 workshops and guest presentations, and is open to everyone, including those in the Brock and wider community.

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Did you know?

The oldest currently-operating restaurant in the world is Ma Yu Ching’s Bucket Chicken House in Kaifeng, China, established in 1153.  

Focus on Climate

Air Canada says their flight to Amsterdam is using sustainable aviation fuel

Air Canada completed its inaugural Montreal to Amsterdam flights on Jun. 3, with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner using sustainable aviation fuel.

Coinciding with the launch of Air Canada’s second route from Amsterdam to Canada, the airline is further advancing initiatives in its Climate Action Plan by expanding its partnership with Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) producer Neste in Europe to now incorporate Neste MY Sustainable Aviation Fuel(TM) in some of its flights at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. Use of SAF could reportedly reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 80% over the fuel’s life cycle, compared to use of conventional jet fuel. This reduction is calculated based on a full lifecycle assessment.

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Through the Daily Updates, the GNCC aims to deliver important business news in a timely manner. We disseminate all news and information we feel will be important to businesses. Inclusion in the Daily Update is not an endorsement by the GNCC.

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