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More than 18,000 employees of Kingston businesses will now be able to benefit from a lower cost Kingston Transit Pass

January 23, 2024

The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce a new partnership with Kingston Transit in which it will offer all members and their 18,000 employees’ access to the Employer Transpass Program. The Chamber will formalize the partnership with the Kingston Transit on January 25. Through this partnership, members will be able to offer…

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Chamber Releases Q4 2023 Kingston Council Report Card

January 22, 2024

The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce is pleased to unveil their 4th Quarter 2023 Kingston City Council Report Card.  The document is the result of work by the Chamber’s member-led advocacy committee and Chamber staff. “We are pleased to provide the fourth installment for the 2023 calendar year which is a short summary of business-related…

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Despite the Signs of Relief, the Bank of Canada Tells Us to Sit Tight as They’re Still ‘Concerned’ about Inflation

December 14, 2023

The Bank of Canada held its policy rate at 5%, and the implications are sending ripples through our economic landscape. In his recent commentary, Andrew DiCapua, our Senior Economist, breaks down the key takeaways and what they mean for businesses. As we approach 2024, there’s talk of interest rate cuts, but caution is still advised.…

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The Pulse of Canadian Businesses? Not as Upbeat as We’d Like.

December 14, 2023

The outlook for Canadian businesses hit a two-year low in the fourth quarter of 2023, according to Statistics Canada’s latest Canadian Survey on Business Conditions (CSBC), underlining a prevailing sense of pessimism in the industry. To better understand the findings of the survey, our Business Data Lab has released an in-depth analysis of the nearly…

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Leadership Masterclass in Six Minutes

December 5, 2023

Unpacking Robert F. Kennedy’s famous speech on Martin Luther King’s assassination By: Julie Barling I was still a high school student in South Africa in 1966 when Robert F. Kennedy’s brief visit to South Africa electrified the anti-apartheid movement and terrified the apartheid government. RFK, then a United States senator, was hardly known as a gifted…

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Federal Fall Economic Statement 2023: A Place(holder) in Time

November 30, 2023

On November 21, 2023, the Government of Canada released its 2023 Fall Economic Statement (FES). Policy experts from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce have reviewed the FES in detail, and their perspective on its implications for Canadian business can be found below. General Today’s Fall Economic Statement (FES) signals that the government heard the business community…

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Chamber Releases Q3 2023 Kingston Council Report Card

November 27, 2023

The report card is a quarterly document that tracks how city council voted on business issues. The document is the result of work by the Chamber’s member-led advocacy committee and Chamber staff. The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce is pleased to unveil their third quarter 2023 Kingston city council report card. The document is the…

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Chamber Releases Q2 2023 Kingston Council Report Card

August 21, 2023

The report card is a quarterly document that tracks how city council voted on business issues. The document is the result of work by the Chamber’s member-led advocacy committee and Chamber staff. The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce is pleased to unveil their second quarter 2023 Kingston city council report card. The document is the…

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Industry Associations Call for More Time to Repay CEBA loans

August 8, 2023

On July 24, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, along with over 280 industry associations, sent an open letter addressed to Minister Freeland, urging the government to extend the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) repayment deadline. From the Canadian Chamber of Commerce: On July 24, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, along with over 280 industry associations,…

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Addressing Ontario’s Housing Affordability Crisis Requires All Hands On Deck

July 6, 2023

Ontario Chamber Brief Highlights Key Recommendations to Meet Ontario’s Current and Future Housing Needs Housing affordability has become a pressing issue impacting communities of all sizes across Ontario. High housing costs are limiting the buying power of households, impacting businesses’ ability to attract and retain talent, and exacerbating homelessness rates throughout the province. The Government…

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