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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.

Big Win For Canadian Exporters PDF Print E-mail

March 15, 2015 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce welcomes the announcement by Prime Minister Stephen Harper that Canada will establish a new export market development program and expand the Trade Commissioner Service.
“This is a big deal. By helping entrepreneurs manage the costs of international expansion and by strengthening our trade offices in priority countries, we’ll be making a real difference on the ground,” says Canadian Chamber President and CEO Perrin Beatty. 

What Does Business Want To See In The 2015 Ontario Budget? PDF Print E-mail

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce 2015 Pre-Budget Submission outlines seven key recommendations that we believe the Government of Ontario must adopt in its 2015 Budget in order to return to fiscal balance and spur growth in our economy. 

The OCC submission outlines the increasing concern with how new provincial programs and policies are impacting Ontario's competitiveness and job creation. Over the past year, the Government of Ontario has implemented or announced several new initiatives that have a direct impact on business, including increases to the minimum wage, a new Waste Diversion Act, a review of the Labour Relations Act, the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP), and a potential carbon pricing regime. The government needs to seriously consider the cumulative impact of these initiatives on business.

Click here to review the Pre-Budget Submission.

Oshawa Seeking Community Volunteers PDF Print E-mail

March 18, 2015 – The City of Oshawa is currently recruiting for pre-Games event volunteers, as well as ambassadors during the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. All positions will take place during June, July and August of 2015.

All volunteers will receive Pan Am themed clothing, training for their positions, a volunteer certificate and an invitation to a recognition event.

The deadline for applications is May 15, 2015. Visit for more information and the application form.

Celebrate Creativity, Culture And Cuisine At The Durham Festival PDF Print E-mail

March 15, 2015 The Regional Municipality of Durham, Planning and Economic Development Department, Tourism Division, announced that they will be partnering with all eight local area municipalities this summer, to bring residents and visitors the first-ever Durham Festival—a celebration of culture and creativity in Durham Region. This region-wide legacy event will take place from Aug. 13 to 16.  Showcasing the very best of what Durham Region has to offer, this lively event invites people of all ages to experience delicious local food, music, art, culture and creative expression of all varieties.

Peony Festival Scores A Hat-trick At FEO PDF Print E-mail

March 13, 2015 – For the third year running, Oshawa’s Peony Festival has earned its place in the Top 100 Festivals & Events in Ontario (FEO) for 2015. FEO’s annual Top 100 list recognizes festivals and events that excel within the industry.

“Amazing that our Peony Festival has again earned recognition as a top Ontario event,” said Councillor Bob Chapman, Chair of the Community Services Committee. “I encourage people to visit this year’s Festival on June 13th and 14th and enjoy our beautiful gardens.”

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