Essential business news and resources curated by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, featuring key monthly updates from our partners at the local, provincial, and national levels.

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Local Business News

Key Updates from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce
Season's Greetings from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce!

The Aurora Chamber of Commerce Staff and Board of Directors wish you and your loved ones a happy, healthy holiday season and continued success in 2018. 

Holiday Office Closure : The Aurora Chamber of Commerce closes on Friday, December 22, 2017 at 12 noon and re-opens on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at 8:30 am. 

Are you a member of the Aurora Chamber, keen to discover specific ways to maximize your membership? Or, are you a member of the local business community, thinking about joining a supportive business network in the new year? 

Contact the Aurora Chamber of Commerce to schedule a meeting, or attend an upcoming " Aurora Chamber Insider Session " in 2018.

We would love to sit down with you to discuss the variety of resources and opportunities the Chamber offers to help your business grow and prosper.
2018 Aurora Chamber Home & Living Show
Booth Sales Open to the Public on December 18, 2017

Sign up early for the best location selection. Don't miss out on this incredible marketing opportunity in 2018 — we sell out fast every year. Showcase your business April 20th to 22nd at the Stronach Aurora Recreation Complex .
Key Updates from the Town of Aurora
Message from the Mayor

Mayor Dawe announces the Town’s new partnership with Niagara College’s Canadian Food and Wine Institute.  
Key Updates from Chris Ballard, MPP Newmarket-Aurora
Providing Small Businesses with Better Access to Government Support

Ontario is helping small businesses grow by providing better access to government support services and procurement opportunities.
Key Updates from the Aurora Public Library (APL)
Aurora Public Library: Where Your Business is Our Business

Free courses, business events and books to upgrade your skills, increase your knowledge and improve your business success.
Local Business News & Opportunities
Nominations are Open for the Annual Leading Women, Leading Girls, Building Communities Recognition Program

Nominate, acknowledge and celebrate women and girls who demonstrate exceptional leadership in working to improve the lives of others in their communities through volunteer work.

Nomination Deadline : January 20, 2018

Provincial Business News

Key Updates from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC)
OCC Rapid Policy Updates: Pertinent Business Info

Rapid Policy Update: Ontario PC Party 2018 Platform

In October, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce released Vote Prosperity , a platform for the 2018 provincial election campaign. The release of our platform nine months prior to the election was intended to ensure that all parties have an opportunity to address the most important issues to business within their own platforms.

In November, the Ontario PC Party released their platform, The People's Guarantee , the first to be released among the major political parties. The document highlights accountability and affordability as key themes and details five measures that the PC Party promises to achieve within their first mandate, if elected.
Rapid Policy Update: 2017 Long-Term Infrastructure Plan (LTIP) 

On November 28, the Government of Ontario released the province’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan (LTIP) entitled  Building Better Lives: Ontario’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan 2017 . The plan sets forth a vision for Ontario infrastructure planning and investment and is a key interim step in meeting the requirements of the Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, 2015 (IJPA). 

Overall, the OCC achieved a number of advocacy wins in the 2017 LTIP that directly align with recommendations in their Building Better report.
Provincial Business News & Opportunities
Pay Equity Office Annual Report

Compliance with pay equity supports the economic well-being of women and is essential for our shared competitiveness, the health of our families, and ensuring productive workplaces.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Ontario’s Pay Equity Office, which monitors all private sector businesses in Ontario with ten or more employees to ensure they are pay equity complaint.

The Annual Report was recently tabled in the Ontario legislature. Since 2011, the Pay Equity Office has conducted almost 2000 investigations with total adjustments of approximately $27.4 million. Last year, 1,237 employees were identified for more than $5.4 million in adjustments.
REMINDER: Accessibility Reporting Deadline Fast Approaching!

The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) was passed in 2005, with the goal of making Ontario accessible by 2025. Businesses with one or more employees need to be compliant with Ontario’s accessibility laws. Additionally, a critical deadline is approaching for businesses with 20 or more employees.

Businesses with 20 or more employees are legally required to file a 2017 accessibility compliance report by December 31, 2017. 

The compliance report is a series of yes or no questions.

What is Accessibility? It simply means giving people of all abilities opportunities to participate in everyday life. 1 in 7 people in Ontario has a disability. That’s 1.65 million Ontarians. By 2036 that number will rise to 1 in 5 as Ontario’s population ages. Businesses that are accessible will be able to better reach this massive segment of Ontario’s consumers.

National Business News

National Business News & Opportunities

Read the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's S mall Business Tax Changes Update to learn about t heir concerns with the announcement made by Finance Minister Morneau in mid-October regarding small business tax changes.
The Comeau Case and Interprovincial Trade

In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, Aaron Van Tassel, CCC Business Law Committee Intern, examines the Comeau case, which will be heard by the Supreme Court of Canada this week, and the lasting impact it could have on interprovincial trade.  

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