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Ontario Chamber of Commerce's (OCC) Regulatory Update PDF Print E-mail

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce's (OCC) quarterly Regulatory Update summarizes what employers need to know about the latest changes to the regulatory environment for businesses. This update is exclusive to members of the Chamber Network.  As you know, easing the regulatory burden for Ontario businesses is one of our top priorities. We are committed to continuing to advocate for a business climate that fosters investment and growth.

Win An Ontario Export Award! PDF Print E-mail

Does your company export products, services or technology? If so, get recognized with a 2015 Ontario Export Award! Taking place November 24 in Mississauga, the awards will recognize Ontario's top exporters, and celebrate the vital role of trade in Canada's economy. Exporters are invited to enter the awards using our efficient online application form. Deadline to apply for an award is June 30, 2015. For more information, visit

Budgets 2015: Business Drowning In Energy Debt And No GO For Durham PDF Print E-mail

April 28, 2015 - With the Ontario Budget just completed, the Ontario Chamber and the Chamber Network are concerned about the government’s decisions that are negatively impacting business: the rising cost of electricity, implementing a cap and trade carbon pricing system, the proposed provincial pension plan and the transportation infrastructure deficit, all of which is undermining the capacity of businesses to grow and create jobs in Ontario.

The April Budget announced the sell off a 60% stake in the electricity Hydro One with proceeds from such a sale put into a Trillium Trust to pay for infrastructure of which $4 Billion is designated for GTA Transit. Current legislation requires that any sale proceeds from Hydro One must be used to pay down the electricity system debt which currently tops $27 billion. However, one line in the budget document under Hydro One proposes changing this legislation allowing the money to be funneled into the Trillium Trust.

GM Canada Engineering Centre in Oshawa PDF Print E-mail

Now Hiring, Expanding and Partnering for the Future
New Mandate to focus on the Connected Car and Green Technology

April 28, 2015 – GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle announced today that GM’s Canadian Engineering Centre is growing into an innovation hub for the “connected car” and green technologies, two areas of growing importance for automotive customers and the future of the auto sector.

The Oshawa-based centre is now hiring for the addition of more than 100 software and controls engineers to support a new mandate related to “connected car” systems, environmental and urban mobility solutions.GM Canada manages approximately $190 million research and development work per year with a wide range of leading Canadian suppliers and universities. Work at the GM Canada Engineering Centre in Oshawa and its cold-weather testing facility in Kapuskasing, Ontario is helping to make the automobile more connected and environmentally sustainable. 

Port of Oshawa Off To Flying Start As New Shipping Season Opens PDF Print E-mail

April 20, 2015 - The Port of Oshawa officially welcomed the first international vessel, M/V Marbacan, at a special Top Hat ceremony on April 20, kicking off a new shipping season, and what is expected to be a pivotal year for the port.

“With a new $2.5 million cargo pad and new multi-million dollar rail spur set to open this spring, the port is well positioned to serve current customers and new businesses like never before,” said Donna Taylor, President and CEO of the Oshawa Port Authority. “These investments in port expansion support our local companies and benefit the entire region.”

Taylor presented Captain Sergii Prokopenko, Master of the M/V Marbacan, with the traditional top hat during a special ceremony. M/V Marbacan arrived from Portugal to offload more than 17 thousand metric tonnes of steel rebar to be used in building construction in Durham Region and the GTA. Her next port of call will be Thunder Bay. Pictured, left to right, Gary Valcour, Chair of the Oshawa Port Authority, Captain Sergii Prokopenko and Donna Taylor. In 2014, the Port of Oshawa handled 42 vessels, carrying over 357 thousand metric tonnes of bulk cargo. That exceeds the previous year’s cargo total by approximately 66 thousand metric tonnes. Steel is the port’s leading cargo, with 167,000 metric tonnes imported through the port, up significantly from over 94,000 metric tonnes in 2013.

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Greater Oshawa Chamber Adopts Robust Online Job-Matching Platform To Address Unemployment, Particularly Among Youth PDF Print E-mail

April 2, 2015 – In a bid to help job seekers find meaningful employment and give local businesses access to the talent they need, the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is mounting an ambitious campaign to register job candidates and local employers with Magnet, a new network powered by cutting-edge job-matching technology.

The Magnet network promises to radically change the way Durham Region job seekers find meaningful employment and how local businesses source talent to meet their skills requirements.

Oshawa Announces Torchbearer for Pan Am Games PDF Print E-mail

March 25, 2015 – The City of Oshawa is proud to announce Norma Douglas as the Oshawa community torchbearer for the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice® and OLG. The torch relay will visit Oshawa on Friday, June 5 and will feature Norma Douglas as the community torchbearer. The 84 year old Oshawa resident competed at the 1955 Pan American Games in Mexico City, where she not only participated in the official debut of team synchronized swimming at that level of competition, but also won a silver medal for Canada as a member of the Peterborough Ornamental Swim Club.

Pictured here celebrating the announcement is (left to right) Matt Douglas, Cris Douglas, Norma Douglas, Mayor John Henry and Ryan Douglas. Missing from the photo is Norma’s grandson, Kyle Douglas, who celebrated via FaceTime.

Durham/Oshawa Ranks Top 10 For Real Estate Value In Canada PDF Print E-mail

March 24, 2015 – The latest edition of MoneySense magazine has included Oshawa as one of the best places for real estate deals in Canada. MoneySense compared the top 35 cities in Canada based on housing value, price momentum, economic strength and rental income potential. Durham/Oshawa ranked 10th overall.

According to the study, the average price for a home in Durham/Oshawa is approximately $387,000, with an impressive 10-year price appreciation of 6.9 per cent. MoneySense measured real estate value using Canada Housing & Mortgage Corporation data on average home and rental prices for each of the 35 cities.

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