On September 17th, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued a report entitled $50 Million a Day. The report highlights how Canada’s lack of infrastructure is preventing Canadians from maximizing their potential benefits in energy markets. The fastest growing markets for oil and gas now lie in non-OECD nations; however, Canada cannot respond to this opportunity as it lacks the infrastructure to get energy to tidewater and overseas. This lack of market access has cost Canada as much as $50 Million a Day. Jobs, tax revenues and other economic benefits are all at stake. Oil and gas, its transportation and its environmental and social impacts have become one of the most pressing policy debates of the last few years. $50 Million a Day lays out key facts every Canadian needs to understand about the issue. It is time to have a balanced discussion about what it means to be an energy nation in the 21st century. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is committed to having this discussion and will kick it off during International Trade Day on October 29.

The Ministry of Energy over the past several months undertook a formal review of Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan and consulted with the public, energy stakeholders, and partners across the province. The Ministry’s discussion guide, Making Choices: Reviewing Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan provided information on the current status of the electricity system. It identified commitments made that are still shaping the sector, and characteristics of the different energy sources.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce Report:

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) met with the Hon. James Moore, Minister of Industry early in September to discuss Canada’s anti-spam legislation. As discussed within the network throughout the summer, the CCC believes the legislation has good intentions—after all, it is supposed to rid our country of the scourge of spam messages and malware. However there are problems: problems in finding appropriate solutions to unintended consequences derived from the structure and drafting of CASL.

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Submitted by Ian Howcroft, Vice President (Ontario division) of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters:
Following the recession of 2008–2009, there has been renewed interest in manufacturing throughout North America as a critical driver of economic growth and prosperity. Other jurisdictions throughout the United States and Mexico are moving aggressively to retain and attract manufacturing investment. CME members are being targeted by US States offering generous relocation subsidies which often include significant savings on electricity. To remain a strong competitor Ontario needs an integrated energy plan to combat the pull south and ensure we retain our share of the manufacturing renaissance taking place throughout North America.

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Ontario’s new Youth Employment Fund aims to provide young people with an entry point to long-term employment through job placements that offer the chance to learn work skills while earning income. The fund will help employers offer four-to six-month job and training placements for young people seeking work. Ontario will provide up to $7,800 to cover a range of supports and services for each eligible young worker under the fund. That includes up to $6,800 to help employers cover wages and training costs, and up to $1,000 to help young workers pay for job-related costs like tools and transportation to work. Placements can start immediately. For more information, contact VPI Inc., 843 King Street West, Unit # 9, Oshawa at (905) 571-3301.