September 30, 2015

SSMCOC and Coalition of Employers Call for Clarity on ORPP

The  Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), and a coalition of major Ontario employers are calling on the provincial government to outline to the employer community the details of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. In a letter addressed to Premier Kathleen Wynne, a coalition of more than 150 organizations laid out five specific questions that reflect the collective concerns of Ontario employers.
The Confident Coach - 
Engage with Purpose and Passion
People want to learn, grow and contribute... organizations want to grow their bottom line. Participate in the Confident Coach  2 day program.  Create an environment where people want to succeed and watch engagement soar! Participate.

People feel more valued and motivated at work when they know their manager is interested in them and supports their efforts and goals. the Confident Coachâ„¢ program trains managers how to have purposeful, respectful and results- focused interactions with staff that spark commitment and passion.

The Confident Coach is hosted by the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce and the Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation and presented by Liza Provenzano of SparkHR Inc.

This 2 day program will run on Thursday November 19th and Friday November 20th, 2015.

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce 
126th Annual General Meeting

The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce will hold its 126th Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, October 7th.  The luncheon will be held at the Delta Sault Ste. Marie Waterfront starting at 12:00 noon (registration beginning at 11:45am).
Mr. Anshumali Dwivedi, CEO of the Port of Algoma will present the event's keynote address. He will provide a presentation on the Port of Algoma project to share insights as to the magnitude and the opportunities for our business, our community, Northern Ontario, and our region. 

2015 SSMCOC Business Awards Dinner, sponsored by Bell

Join us for the 2015 Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce Business awards Dinner, sponsored by Bell on Wednesday, November 4th at the Northern Grand Gardens.  For full details and registration visit the Chamber website at

Business Networking Expo Pre-Reception

Book your space now for the Business Networking Expo, during the pre-reception of the 2015 SSMCOC Awards Dinner. Talk one-on-one with potential clients in a relaxed, trade-show environment. Dozens of Businesses represented and more than 250 business professionals expected.

Harnessing the Power of the 
Sharing Economy

On August 25th, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce released a new report,  Harnessing the Power of the Sharing Economy , which  calls on governments to move quickly and boldly to ensure that Canada and Ontario realize the full potential of the sharing economy. The report calls for immediate action to be taken to fill any insurance gaps and ensure tax compliance.

The report received significant media attention from all major broadcast media outlets including: BNN, CBC, and Global News, and in tier one print media publications, such as the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star

Downtown Development - 
Downtown Community Improvement Plan & Financial Incentive Programs

The City's Downtown revitalization strategy seeks to encourage new private sector investment into existing buildings throughout the Downtown area. As well, to compliment potential private sector investment, the City is seeking to cultivate a 'sense of place' that instills a feeling of safety, age-friendliness, and promotes opportunities for social gathering and interaction. This sense of place will be achieved through targeted investments in streetscape amenities such as boulevard improvements, furniture, plantings and waste receptacles.

To view the Downtown Community Improvement Plan (DCIP), which proposes a series of initiatives aimed at revitalizing the Downtown area and to learn about financial incentive programs available to catalyze private sector investments downtown, visit the Downtown Development page on the City of Sault Ste. Marie website. 
Grants are available for facade improvements, interior building renovations, and professional design work.  

SSMCOC Benefits of Membership
- 'How Can I Help You?' Video Profile

Your SSM Chamber of Commerce membership entitles you to many benefits and savings opportunities...
The Chamber of Commerce and and are pleased to bring you an exciting new  advertising opportunity. 

Businesses can now purchase a video profile to tell the story of their business! These video vignettes are 3 minutes in length and will be produced and aired on and and will be linked the Chamber website. A copy of the video is also provided to the business.

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce
369 Queen Street East, Suite 1
Sault Ste. Marie ON P6A1Z4
tel: 705-949-7152
fax: 705-759-8166

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