Through our active involvement with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and its advocacy and policy work, we are influencing the OCC’s policy agenda and making sure that they are lobbying for issues that are important for Kingston businesses.
Some of the policy areas in which we have been directly involved include:
The Keep Ontario Working group, a coalition of Ontario’s leading industry and sector associations, sent an open letter to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne urging the Government of Ontario to slow down the implementation of Bill 148. The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act will bring about major changes, and Ontario’s employer community is concerned that the pace of change will seriously injure our economic growth. The Keep Ontario Working coalition is calling on the provincial government to give businesses more time to better prepare. Canadian Chamber Overview Ontario Chamber Slidedeck.
Electricity Costs Hindering and Hounding Business Locally: Energy market policy has a considerable downstream effect on the province’s economy. In a recent submission to the government entitled: Leading the Charge: Submission for Ontario’s 2017 Long-Term Energy Plan the OCC asked that the Ministry of Energy respect the following three key principles when considering its future energy planning.
- Affordability and Competitiveness
- Transparency and Predictability
- Flexibility and Leveraging Innovation
Other work by the OCC
Taxation: The Ontario Chamber advocates for a competitive and simplified tax regime that is designed with a view to reducing the tax burden on job creators. The OCC encourages the government of Ontario to introduce reforms to the tax system, including; lowering the Business Education Tax rate, and creating a uniform rate across the province; reducing the corporate income tax rate to 10 percent; altering the provincial property tax structure to encourage growth; raising the exemption threshold on the Employer Health Tax.