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.

Nov. 3, 2014 – The Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s latest report provides a straightforward account of Ontario’s current fiscal situation.

Ontario’s history of spending is unsustainable. In only seven of the past 25 years has the government balanced its books or achieved a surplus. The province has been digging itself deeper and deeper into the red. In the 2013-14 fiscal year, the provincial government paid $10.6 billion in interest (or $29 million per day) to service its debt.

A tipping point may be closer than Ontarians think. With a slower growth future projected for the province, combined with the growing demands of a rapidly aging population, the need to deal with the fiscal situation now becomes all the more urgent.

Read How Bad Is It? What Do We Do About It? to learn more about Ontario’s fiscal situation and the steps the government can take to return itself to a path of fiscal sustainability.

Oct. 24, 2014 - In early September the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Essential Skills Ontario released the report, Moving Forward Together. The report called on the Government of Ontario to ensure that upcoming changes to the province’s training and employment programs reflect the needs of employers.

On October 23rd the Government of Ontario announced the appointment of Tony Dean, former Secretary of Cabinet and Head of Ontario Public Service, to lead an independent review of the Ontario College of Trades and other key areas of Ontario's skilled trades system.

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Oct. 27, 2014 - The Honourable Chris Alexander, Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, on behalf of the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario), will provide the opening keynote address at the 2014 Durham Economic Prosperity Conference in Ajax on Friday, November 14th.

Minister Alexander will highlight FedDev Ontario’s continuing contributions and initiatives available to Durham Region and southern Ontario, stressing the growing importance of industry clusters, and celebrating the collaboration of business, government and research institutions.

“Real economic prosperity comes from innovation and collaboration. For Durham Region to compete and prosper in a global marketplace, we must continue to bring business, government and research to the same table in order to leverage our strengths, bring new perspectives and resources and always be expanding our potential for opportunities,” commented Minister Alexander when agreeing to speak at the conference.

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