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Moving Forward on Highway 407 East PDF Print E-mail

Since 2004, the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce supported by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce has called for completion of Hwy 407 to Highway 35/115 stressing that the negative economic, safety, and capital investment impact to Ontario of not proceeding to complete the Eastward Extension is real. The Chamber calls for the government to commit to firm timelines and commitments for the eastern extension of the 407 past Oshawa to 35/115. and prior to opening the Harmony Road and or Simcoe Street interchange have in place contracts and commence work on the completion of Hwy 407 to 35/115. 

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Employers Endorse Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPP) As Solution To Ontario’s Pension Problems PDF Print E-mail

March 27, 2014 - A new report from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and Certified General Accountants of Ontario (CGA Ontario) reveals that Ontario’s employers do not support a made-in-Ontario pension plan. The report, An Employer Perspective on Fixing Ontario’s Pension Problem, identifies Pooled Registered Pension Plans (PRPPs) as employers’ preferred solution to helping Ontarians better prepare for their retirement.

As part of the consultation process, the OCC and CGA Ontario hosted seven employer roundtable discussions across the province. The authors, in partnership with Leger Marketing, also surveyed close to 1,000 companies.The result – employers worry that the current pension system in Ontario is unsustainable. In fact, more than seventy percent of employers surveyed stated that pension reform should be a top government priority.

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2014 Provincial Pre-budget Submission PDF Print E-mail

March 26, 1014 - The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce (GOCC) along with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) made a submission to the Government of Ontario’s 2014 pre-budget consultations.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce submission focused on a number of challenges Ontario faces including its debt, which is approaching $300 billion and its high remaining deficit noting economic growth is likely to be sluggish for the foreseeable future.In its submission, the OCC noted that addressing the fiscal situation should be the government’s top priority. As it stands, the province spends more on interest charges than it does on colleges and universities. Those interest charges will only increase as Ontario’s debt grows and as interest rates rise in the coming years.

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Ontario’s Path To Fiscal Responsibility PDF Print E-mail

March 26, 2014 - On Thursday April 3, Dwight Duncan, former Deputy Premier and Finance Minister for Ontario, will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce Speaker Series Luncheon and will give insight into the economic issues facing Ontario. The event, hosted by Johnson Inc. will be held at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre, 1011 Bloor Street East in Oshawa.

Mr. Duncan, speaking recently at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce launch of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Emerging Stronger 2014 Report, stated that Ontario is fast approaching the fiscal cliff.

"In light of the report released in mid March by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank, finding Ontario is much deeper in debt than California, the poster child for fiscal irresponsibility, Mr. Duncan’s comments will be very timely,” stated Bob Malcolmson, CEO & General Manager of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.

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Launch of New Podcast, The Voice of Canadian Business PDF Print E-mail
March 24, 2014 - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has released a new podcast, The Voice of Canadian Business. They’ll be running a pilot project of 15 episodes to test out this new format. For the next six months, they’ll brief you every two weeks on the events, people and policies affecting Canadian business in 15 minutes or less.

Three episodes are now available for listening:

Upcoming episodes feature conversations on tourism, trade agreements, Canada’s North and infrastructure. 

If you have an idea for an episode or if you would like the Canadian Chamber to interview someone from your organization, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 
Understanding Canada’s Anti-Spam Law PDF Print E-mail

UPDATE: Canada’s anti-spam law to come into force on July 1, 2014

March 21, 2014 -Don't be fooled by its name. You don't need to be a spammer, or even be located in Canada, for legislation known as "Canada’s anti-spam law" or "CASL" to regulate important elements of your business.  CASL establishes rules for the sending of commercial electronic messages (CEMs) and the installation of computer programs. CASL also prohibits the unauthorized alteration of transmission data.

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You Now Have A Choice!TD Merchant Services Program or First Data Merchant Processing Services PDF Print E-mail

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the continued partnership with the TD Merchant Service program which remains in affect locally and will continue to offer the same service and benefits currently enjoyed by our members. The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce members currently using the TD Merchant Service program were made aware that the partnership between TD Merchant Services and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce expired on December 1, 2013.

If you are a Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce member currently on the program, or wish to participate in the program, the Chamber has been assured that your relationship with TD Merchant Services will continue seamlessly with no immediate changes that will affect you. You can count on the same pricing you have now and the same customer service you’ve come to expect from TD. TD Merchant Services remains a strong proponent of the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card industry in Canada. If TD Merchant Services ever makes any change to the terms and conditions of your Agreement with them, in accordance with the Code they we will let you know well in advance. TD Merchant Services will continuing to provide the best-in-class service that you have come to expect from TD Merchant Services.

If you have questions about these changes or wish to participate in the program, please feel free to call Karen Mann at 1.877.394.5813 or call the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce at 905.728.1683.

 
Chamber Now Offers First Data Merchant Processing Services PDF Print E-mail

first dataFirst Data Canada, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing, recently announced an agreement with The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in which First Data will offer Canadian Chamber members exclusive merchant processing services. As part of this agreement, Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce members will receive preferred rates on electronic payment processing services, including credit, debit,  eCommerce, mCommerce, cheque guarantee and gift cards. Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce members can sign up for First Data’s merchant processing services at https://www.firstdatacanada.ca/chambermembers/ or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at 1-888-265-4117.

 

 

 
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