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Ontario Chamber Network to set official lobbying mandate

The Peterborough Chamber of Commerce will be attending the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Cornwall from today (April 30) - May 3, 2015.

At the AGM chambers of commerce and boards of trade will gather to discuss the issues of the day from
electricity prices to infrastructure to carbon pricing to strategic planning. The Chamber Network of more than 160 chambers will also be setting the tone for lobbying to the provincial government.  

In all, 40 policy resolutions, including two from the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, will be presented and debated.  The resolutions cover improving productivity, shaping the workforce, taking advantage of global opportunities, strategic investments and other areas including a "Workplace Mental Health Strategy".  

The two Peterborough resolutions deal with the "Heads and Beds Levy" which has remained unchanged since 1987 and support for Energy East, which will create 250 jobs at Peterborough's GE plant.

Peterborough Resolutions:

Support for TransCanada's Energy East Project - new jobs, investment and growth for Ontario

Unrealized "Heads and Bed Levy" hurts Ontario's Economic Competitiveness

Full Resolution Book:

Policy Resolutions for Debate at 2015 OCC AGM


Peterborough Chamber helps set federal policy agenda for business

Incoming 2015 Board Chair Pat Marren of Glenn Windrem Trucking (right) and Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Stuart Harrison voting during the policy plenary at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting in Charlottetown, PEI. 

The Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce and delegates from chambers across the country debated 72 policy resolutions.  Those that were carried become part of the federal policy agenda for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC).  

Along with a dozen other Ontario Chambers, the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce lent its direct support to a policy resolution calling on the government to undertake an expedient review of the full impact that competitor jurisdictions' business attraction efforts are having on Canada's economy.  This would be done in co-ordination with businesses and chambers of commerce from across Canada and examine the impact in terms of both GDP losses and job losses.

"This is what we call the Parliament of Business," explains Stuart Harrison, Chamber President & CEO. "By discussing these issues and voting on policy resolutions chambers across the country collectively begin to speak with one very strong voice."

What this means for our members: 

The CCC will present the policies to federal government officials, meet with representatives and make known the position of local chambers on issues important to the business community.

At the 2014 AGM those asks were: 

  • improving the innovation climate through tax incentives and revising current programs to help SMEs and larger innovators
  • improving labour market information availability
  • removing interprovincial trade barriers
  • investigating the importance of effective child care in relation to number of spaces and cost
  • improving the newly-redesigned Temporary Foreign Worker Program
  • improving productivity for Canadian companies through tax incentives, subsidies and grants
  • improving some of the requirements for business to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)