Nov. 24, 2014 - The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce (GOCC) has a serious concern with the government of Ontario’s move in its 2014 budget to phase in an increase of 148% to the province’s aviation fuel tax over the next four years. The first of four one-cent increases took place this past September and will ultimately raise the tax from 2.7 cents to 6.7 cents a litre.
The GOCC stands with other chambers, businesses, airport authorities, municipalities, tourism operators and consumer organizations across the province in opposing this huge increase which is out of step with our neighbouring U.S. states and most of Ontario’s provincial counterparts. The Chamber is asking the government of Ontario to defer any further aviation fuel tax increases until a full study of its economic impacts can be completed with meaningful input from Ontario municipalities, consumer organizations, airports, tourism operators, airlines and other affected parties.The increase in the aviation fuel tax contradicts the interests of Ontarians as it will obstruct job creation, economic growth, trade and the development of Ontario’s vital travel and tourism sectors. The tax increase will impact tourism including hotels, restaurants, travel agents, tour operators, among others who support the tourism industry as well as many industries across Ontario including manufacturers and freight.
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Nov. 14, 2014 - The 5th Durham Economic Prosperity Conference (DEPC) held on November 14th in Ajax featured a number of high caliber speakers including the Hon. Chris Alexander, Canada's Citizenship and Immigration Minister and MP for Ajax-Pickering, speaking on behalf of the Hon. Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for FedDev Ontario. The Conference highlighted three key economic areas for Durham Region: nuclear energy, automotive and the movement of goods. For more information on the information shared at the Conference, visit.durhamprosperity.org/2014.html.