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TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay Celebration Announced for Oshawa PDF Print E-mail

Residents are invited to come Celebrate and Share the Pan Am spirit first hand.
February 26, 2015 – The TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay, presented by President’s Choice® and OLG, is coming to Oshawa on June 5, 2015.

Residents can now learn about the torch relay celebrations taking place in Oshawa and mark that special date in their calendar.  We’re inviting the community to celebrate the Pan Am flame when it visits the Civic Recreation Complex and City Hall here in Oshawa.

“Oshawa is excited to host the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am Games Torch Relay.  We look forward to sharing the Pan Am spirit and showcasing our great community,” said Mayor John Henry.  “Welcoming the Pan Am flame to Oshawa is a special opportunity to show our community pride!”

A detailed map is now available online highlighting Oshawa, with the date and location for the community celebrations. The torch relay begins its 41-day journey when the Pan Am flame is lit during a traditional Aztec lighting ceremony at the Pyramid of the Sun in Teotihuacan, Mexico before landing in Canada on May 30, 2015.  From Toronto, the flame heads to Thunder Bay on May 31st where it will visit the Terry Fox Monument before arriving in Nipigon, the most northern town on the Ontario leg of the journey. The smallest towns through which the torch will pass are Bruce Mines, population 566 and White River, population 607.

Volunteer Of The Year Honoured! PDF Print E-mail

February 19, 2015 -
On Wednesday, February 18, the C. Fred Ball Volunteer of the Year Award was presented by the Chamber’s Past President John Sturrup and Fred’s wife Beverly to this year’s recipient, Diane Munro of Classic Flowers, at the Mayor’s Annual Lunch held at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre. The recipient is chosen by the staff with input from the Executive and presented to the person who best exemplifies Fred’s spirit and dedication to the Chamber. Pictured in this presentation is the Chamber’s Past President John Sturrup, Diane Munro, Mrs. Beverly Ball, and current Chamber President, Jeff Hayes. Congratulations Diane and thank you for your countless contributions to the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce.
2015 Chamber President Sworn In PDF Print E-mail

February 19, 2015
- Following a time honoured tradtion, the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce President Jeff Hayes was sworn-in to his position by Mayor John Henry at the recent Mayor’s Annual Luncheon held at the Quality Hotel and Conference Centre. Pictured, left to right, are Mayor John Henry and Jeff Hayes of Hayes Plumbing & Bathroom Renovations.
Oshawa Mayor Outlines Key Challenges Facing The City PDF Print E-mail

February 19, 2015 - Mayor John Henry opened his address to over 200 business leaders in attendance at the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce annual Mayor’s State of the City Address by speaking to key challenges facing the city, including: high electricity prices in Ontario, which is affecting the manufacturing industry and places a strain on small businesses; the need for provincial funding to assist with Highway 407 East Extension related road works; and ensuring the future of the automotive sector in Oshawa to protect jobs, spin-off industries and our post-secondary partners.

The event, hosted by BMO Bank of Montreal for the 23rd consecutive year, was held February 18th at the Quality Hotel & Conference Centre and Mayor Henry thanked the Chamber and its businesses for their valuable contributions to the local economy. “The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce plays an integral role in our community,” said Mayor Henry. “To our business leaders, thank you for your commitment to our community and confidence and investment in Oshawa.”During his keynote address The Mayor stressed that cooperation and partnerships between all levels of government and stakeholders is essential to finding solutions to these challenges.

Canadian Chamber Unveils Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness for 2015 PDF Print E-mail

- Perrin Beatty, Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO
February 18, 2015 - Either we act urgently to improve our competitiveness or we will pay a high price in lost jobs and prosperity. Three years ago, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce launched its Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness. In collaboration with its network of chambers of commerce and boards of trade, the Canadian Chamber has been drawing attention to the barriers that are holding back Canada’s progress and has been urging all levels of government to act more swiftly to improve our country’s ability to compete globally.
Since launching this initiative, we have made great progress in furthering our competitiveness agenda on a number of issues. However, the barrier our members continue to identify as being the greatest impediment to the success of Canadian business is the skills gap. There is a lot of work ahead. The federal government and several provincial and territorial governments have also named this issue as the country’s biggest challenge. We need to work together and make real progress in 2015.

Chamber Calls on the Ontario Government to Reconsider its Retirement Pension Plan PDF Print E-mail

occ report getting it rightFebruary 18, 2015 - A new survey of business owners from the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce (GOCC) and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) shows that the implementation of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) could have negative consequences for Ontario’s and Durham Region’s economies.

The survey indicated that only 26 percent of businesses in Ontario believe they can shoulder the financial burden associated with the ORPP. If faced with mandatory increased contributions under the ORPP, 44 percent of surveyed businesses indicate that they would reduce their current payroll or hire fewer employees in the future.In light of these findings, the Greater Oshawa Chamber joined seven other GTA Chambers – Brampton, Halton Hills, Hamilton, Newmarket, Oakville, Richmond Hill and Toronto, joining with a coalition of nearly 50 chambers of commerce and boards of trade from across the province calling on the Government of Ontario to reconsider its proposed approach to boosting Ontarians’ retirement savings and assess the extent to which the implementation of the ORPP will negatively impact Ontario’s economy.

Jennifer French Discusses Pension Plan PDF Print E-mail

February 13, 2015 - On February 13th, Jennifer French, MPP for Oshawa, met with President Jeff Hayes and six members of the Chamber Board. Ms. French is the NDP Pension Critic and one of the key points during the discussion was the proposed provincial pension plan. Also discussed during the meeting were high youth unemployment, the negative impact of the energy costs on business and the current Board of Educations Accommodation Review of Central Collegiate.

GM Announces a New $560 Million Investment for Ingersoll, Ontario Plant PDF Print E-mail

February 12, 2015 — Today, General Motors of Canada President, Steve Carlisle, announced that GM will invest an additional C$560 million to prepare GM’s CAMI Assembly plant in Ingersoll, Ontario to be a manufacturing location of the next generation Chevrolet Equinox.  Of the total investment, GM will invest $190 million directly at CAMI Assembly in manufacturing equipment and tools and $370 million in vendor tooling with suppliers in Canada.

“GM is making investments at the award-winning CAMI Assembly plant to enable it to manufacture the next generation Chevrolet Equinox,” said Steve Carlisle, president and managing director of General Motors of Canada. “These investments, which follow planning and study with our partners, are a further vote of confidence in our employees, our business and our future in Ontario and Canada.” With today’s announcement, GM’s current investment program at the CAMI Assembly plant rises to more than $800 million.  GM previously announced $250 million for a new body shop and flexible manufacturing equipment and tooling, converting the manufacturing facility to support future vehicle production. This conversion plan was first announced in March 2013 following GM’s detailed evaluation process.


We want to know more about the critical issues impacting your bottom line. Help the Ontario Chamber of Commerce develop its 2015 Pre-Budget Submission to the Government of Ontario by taking a moment to complete this short survey.

ll submissions will be entered into a draw to win two round-trip tickets to any Air Canada flight destination in Canada and the continental United States.

Help your Chamber win the secondary prize! The chamber or board with the highest relative response rate will win a cash prize of $500. The survey closes on February 13 at 5pm (EST).

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