March 24, 2014 - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce has released a new podcast, The Voice of Canadian Business. They’ll be running a pilot project of 15 episodes to test out this new format. For the next six months, they’ll brief you every two weeks on the events, people and policies affecting Canadian business in 15 minutes or less.

Three episodes are now available for listening:

Upcoming episodes feature conversations on tourism, trade agreements, Canada’s North and infrastructure. 

If you have an idea for an episode or if you would like the Canadian Chamber to interview someone from your organization, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

UPDATE: Canada’s anti-spam law to come into force on July 1, 2014

March 21, 2014 -Don't be fooled by its name. You don't need to be a spammer, or even be located in Canada, for legislation known as "Canada’s anti-spam law" or "CASL" to regulate important elements of your business.  CASL establishes rules for the sending of commercial electronic messages (CEMs) and the installation of computer programs. CASL also prohibits the unauthorized alteration of transmission data.

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first dataFirst Data Canada, a global leader in electronic commerce and payment processing, recently announced an agreement with The Canadian Chamber of Commerce in which First Data will offer Canadian Chamber members exclusive merchant processing services. As part of this agreement, Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce members will receive preferred rates on electronic payment processing services, including credit, debit,  eCommerce, mCommerce, cheque guarantee and gift cards. Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce members can sign up for First Data’s merchant processing services at or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 1-888-265-4117.



The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the continued partnership with the TD Merchant Service program which remains in affect locally and will continue to offer the same service and benefits currently enjoyed by our members. The Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce members currently using the TD Merchant Service program were made aware that the partnership between TD Merchant Services and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce expired on December 1, 2013.

If you are a Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce member currently on the program, or wish to participate in the program, the Chamber has been assured that your relationship with TD Merchant Services will continue seamlessly with no immediate changes that will affect you. You can count on the same pricing you have now and the same customer service you’ve come to expect from TD. TD Merchant Services remains a strong proponent of the Code of Conduct for the Credit and Debit Card industry in Canada. If TD Merchant Services ever makes any change to the terms and conditions of your Agreement with them, in accordance with the Code they we will let you know well in advance. TD Merchant Services will continuing to provide the best-in-class service that you have come to expect from TD Merchant Services.

If you have questions about these changes or wish to participate in the program, please feel free to call Karen Mann at 1.877.394.5813 or call the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce at 905.728.1683.

It is with great sadness the family announces the passing of Gerry Johnston after a year long struggle with ALS. Gerry passed away February 24, 2014 in his 72nd year with his family at his side.

Gerry was a former Detective with the Durham Regional Police and also a successful business person. He was the former owner of Canadian Protection Services, Canadian Lock & Key, Newton Property Management and Ontario Guard Services. He has been a tireless volunteer throughout his life and was the first recipient of the "Business Person of the Year" award from the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, served on the Chamber Board of Directors and held the position of Chamber President in 1995.

He gave back to the community that rewarded him through his efforts as a Rotarian and a Shriner. Gerry & Fran enjoyed retirement & travelling with friends and family, usually to their favourite spot at New Smyrna Beach, Florida. Gerry fought his battle with ALS with great dignity and was committed to "Making Moments Matter". The support from his friends, family, and his community is a testament to the person Gerry was.

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