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December 1, 2017 The Chamber hosts its annual 'Fireside Chat' and breakfast with the MPP
On Friday, December 1st, The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual Fireside Chat and breakfast with the MPP. Sault Ste. Marie Member of Provincial Parliament, Ross Romano was in the 'hot seat' for the first time, answering questions and discussing issues including The Ring of Fire, Bill 148, red tape, the economy and the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario's recently released platform package. The discussion was facilitated by Chamber CEO, Rory Ring. You can watch the discussion / Q&A portion of the event in its entirety at the video link below.
November 15, 2017 Northern Chambers write to the Minister of Transport, RE Transport Canada changes to crew member work and rest periods
Proposed changes by Transport Canada to flight crew member work and rest periods will have a negative impact on Northern communities and economies. On NOvember 15th, teh Chambers of Commerce from Sault Ste. Marie, Timmins, North Bay, Sudbury and Thunder Bay engaged the Hon. Marc Garneau, Federal Minister of Transport. Read the letter HERE.
November 1, 2017 Helping Businesses Mitigate the Impact of Bill 148. A Handbook for Ontario's Business Community
The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC), in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and MNP, one of Canada’s leading accounting firms, has released a comprehensive handbook for Ontario’s business community that provides strategies to help businesses navigate the incoming changes related to Bill 148 (the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act). Read More.
November 1, 2017 An Open Letter to the Premier
The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce has sent an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne and to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, in response to the invitation for written submissions on Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. Read more.
October 31, 2017 Chamber CEO prepares to head to the Ontario Economic Summit. Coverage by the Sault Star
An Ontario Economic Summit hosted by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce is designed to discuss leading-edge issues that can have a strong impact on business and develop solution that are workable for business and the government. Rory Ring, CEO of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce will be a participant at the 'Opportunity, Inclusion and Transformation: Driving Ontario’s Economic Agenda' summit next week. Read more.
October 19 The Chamber sits down to a round table with the Critic for FedNor
On Thursday, October 19th, representatives from the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce had an opportunity to sit down for a round table discussion with MP Jamie Schmale (Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes, Brock). Schmale is the deputy critic for Natural Resources and the critic FedNor. Some of the topics covered included, northern infrastructure, FedNor programming, and the Ring of Fire. It was a excellent opportunity for the Chamber to discuss both the challenges facing local businesses as well as the many opportunies that Sault Ste. Marie has to offer.
October 18, 2017 Chamber welcomes revised tax reforms and lower small business tax rate but concerns remain
Although the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce still has significant reservations on some of the proposed changes, the lobbying efforts of the Canadian Chamber network were successful and the Minister of Finance appears to have made a noteworthy effort to take the opinion of small businesses into consideration in the new version of his proposed tax changes. Read more.
October 11, 2017 Chamber releases platform ahead of provincial election
The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC), in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), has released Vote Prosperity, a platform and campaign outlining the Ontario business community’s priorities for the upcoming 2018 provincial election. Vote Prosperity provides a series of proactive recommendations that all of Ontario’s political parties should adopt to ensure growth for the province’s economy. Read more.
September 27, 2017 Chamber contends that extending minimum wage implementation will slash job loss risk by 74%
The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce (SSMCOC), in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Keep Ontario Working (KOW) Coalition released two major reports that broadly capture the challenges associated with Bill 148 and the concerns of the employer community. The first report is the final economic impact analysis of Bill 148 by the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis’ (CANCEA), which was peer-reviewed by Professor Morley Gunderson of the University of Toronto. CANCEA’s analysis reveals that if Government were to do nothing other than implement the minimum wage increase over five years instead of in the next 15 months, jobs at risk would decrease by 74 per cent in the first two years. Read more.