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2015 Federal Election Oshawa and Durham Candidates' Breakfast Debate PDF Print E-mail

Join us at our Federal Candidates' breakfast on Thursday, October 8th from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to learn where the parties stand on the issues that matter to Oshawa and Durham Region. Don't miss your chance to meet the candidates and hear where they - and their parties - stand on the issues that matter most to you and your business. Breakfast will be served. NOTE: The criteria set for this debate is to invite the parties that currently hold seats in the Federal legislature to ensure the candidates that will either form the government or the official opposition debate the issues of concern from the business community.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS - Seeking 3 Directors PDF Print E-mail

Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations to join the Board of Directors. Director nominations may be filed at the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, 44 Richmond Street West, Oshawa, from July 2, 2015 to October 30, 2015 between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Directors will be elected for a three-year term, beginning January 1, 2016 ending December 31, 2018.  Nomination papers and a Candidate’s Guide are available from the C.E.O. & General Manager.  A signed consent to the nomination and a declaration of qualification by the candidate (nomination form) must be received at the Chamber office by 5:00 PM on Friday, October 30, 2015.

Chamber Calls for Candidates to Improve Ontario’s Business Climate PDF Print E-mail

The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce (GOCC) is calling on local candidates in the federal election to take actions in order to improve Ontario’s business climate and foster economic growth. On August 24th the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released its federal election platform, In Focus: Federal Priorities for the Ontario Economy. The platform outlines the key policy pledges that we believe each federal party should commit to in order to improve Ontario’s business climate and drive economic growth. This platform is a foundational piece that will form a report set for release on Tuesday, October 6, in which the OCC will evaluate the federal party platforms based on their responsiveness to the key priorities outlined in the report.

Veridian Hosts Broadband Roundtable Of Key Municipal And Business Stakeholders PDF Print E-mail

Smart and Intelligent Communities, Gigabit cities and the internet of things are terms receiving a lot of attention from municipal and business leaders around the world. Veridian, the largest electric utility serving Pickering, Ajax, Clarington, North Durham, Port Hope and Gravenhurst, recently held a roundtable of municipal leaders and Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade from across Durham Region and Northumberland County.

Chamber Slams Council PDF Print E-mail

By Joel Wittnebel. Reprinted with permission, The Oshawa Express, (August 19, 2015)
August 20, 2015 - It’s a motion that carried unanimously at council, but the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is questioning just how much foresight went into it. In a letter obtained by The Oshawa Express and addressed to Mayor John Henry and members of council, the chamber claims council’s decision on June 29 to voice its opposition to Ontario Power Generation’s nuclear repository was made spontaneously and was actually in violation of council’s procedural bylaw. 

Chambers Calls For Transparency On Sale Of Hydro One PDF Print E-mail

August 20, 2015 - The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, joining with a province wide coalition of 36 Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, is calling on the Government of Ontario to provide factual evidence that electricity prices will not increase as a result of the government's decision to sell off 60 percent of Hydro One.

GM Investing C$12 Million For Added Chevrolet Equinox Production at Oshawa Assembly - Oshawa Consolidated Line To Now Run to 2017 PDF Print E-mail

August 19, 2015 - GM Canada president and managing director Steve Carlisle today announced that GM will invest C$12 million to increase Chevrolet Equinox production on the Consolidated production line at Oshawa Assembly and for related changes in the body shop at CAMI Assembly. This further investment in Ontario-based production and supplier tools will help to meet strong North American customer demand for the Chevrolet Equinox. The investment extends plans for ongoing Oshawa Assembly Consolidated Line production to 2017.

Why We Need the TPP (“Trans-Pacific Partnership” or “Trade Is a Pain for Politicians”) PDF Print E-mail

August 11, 2015 - Wouldn’t it be great to join a free trade agreement with 12 countries in the world’s fastest growing region—one that covers 40% of the world’s GDP and one-third of global trade? The Peterson Institute for International Economic estimates that by 2025, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) could boost Canadian incomes by an additional $10 billion per year and raise global incomes by $295 billion per year. Given our challenge with exports and a slowing economy, who wouldn’t want that?

Ontario Pension Plan Will Raise Cost For Majority Of Businesses PDF Print E-mail

August 11, 2015: Today, the Government of Ontario announced that it will expand the comparability rules under the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP). However, business owners remain concerned about the introduction of a new pension plan and the impact it would have on the cost of doing business.

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