Evidence of the Chamber Network lobbying message in provincial fall budget update

Yesterday, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) responded to the provincial government's fiscal review, which outlined the status of the province's finances. The OCC is encouraged to see its powerful advocacy work directly reflected in the government’s economic plans and priorities for 2016, including detailed steps introduced for the first time in the fall economic statement to address the cumulative burden facing Ontario businesses. They include:

  • A removal of the Debt Retirement Charge on commercial, industrial, and other non-residential electricity users on April 1, 2018, nine months earlier than expected;
  • A promise to maintain the industrial exception in the Professional Engineers Act.
  • The “Red Tape Challenge,” a strategy encouraging Ontarians to submit comments to a Regulatory Modernization Committee regarding regulations that impact them;
  • A Regulatory Centre of Excellence, which identifies and champions best practices from around the world; and,
  • A Government Modernization Fund to address the cost of modernizing outmoded regulatory processes.

While there is still more work to be done, these measures directly reflect our work over the past year, including a number of detailed reports on issues that matter most to Ontario business – from energy to taxation to the environment.

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