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Local Business News

Key Updates from the Aurora Chamber of Commerce
We Need Your Help to Celebrate Aurora Businesses!

Nominations are closing soon for the 2017 Business Excellence Awards.

Nomination deadlineFriday, May 19, 2017

Recognize a deserving business with a nomination. Six categories to choose from and just a few brief sentences are required. Five minutes is all it takes to show your favourite local business some love! 
Spaces Still Available for the Aurora Chamber Street Festival 

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Showcase your business in front of 30,000+ people at the annual Aurora Chamber Street Festival this June. Your competitors and potential customers will be there, shouldn't you be too? Connect with the community and build your brand awareness. 

Don't miss out, b ook your spot now!
Key Updates from Leona Alleslev, MP Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill 
Budget 2017 and Canadian Business

MP Leona Alleslev discusses what Budget 2017 will do for Canadian businesses and our economy. 
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
SpaceFinder York Region

SpaceFinder York Region is a free matchmaking tool for renters looking for creative space, and spaces looking to promote their rentals. Venues can market unbooked rental space by creating a listing and uploading a digital calendar, while creatives can discover space based on location, price, amenities, up-to-date availability and more.

Check out the Aurora Chamber's boardroom listing for local meeting space! 
ClimateWise Business Network First Annual Evening of Recognition

New event format, location and ticket price! 

On Wednesday May 31st, ClimateWise will showcase and celebrate sustainability leadership at their first annual Evening of Recognition at the brand new Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre in North York. 

You're invited to this casual networking mixer where attendees can connect with industry leaders, experience test driving the latest electric vehicles, and share appetizers and drinks while listening to great speakers, including keynote speaker David Miller, President and CEO of WWF-Canada and Former Mayor of Toronto.

Open to members of the business community and the public. Tickets: $25
ClimateWise is a target-based sustainability program focused on engaging York Region businesses in making meaningful reductions to their GHG emissions.

ClimateWise helps organizations understand what going green can do for your business, how you can realize those benefits and where to start.  
Free Webinar on Global Adjustment (GA) Charge

ClimateWise Business Network, in partnership with the IESO and Energy@Work, is hosting a workshop on Global Adjustment (GA) to address the charge on your electricity bill. 

Recent regulatory changes allow commercial consumers to choose how GA is charged, allowing them to be billed based on their consumption during the top five peak demand hours. 

Every commercial electricity customer in Ontario must decide whether they are Class A or B by June 15th.

Attend this online workshop at 10:00 am on Thursday, May 18th to gain a better understanding of GA and what steps you should take before the June 15th deadline.
Newmarket-Aurora Celebrates Canada’s 150th Anniversary with the Canada 150 Commemorative Medal

Do you know someone in Newmarket-Aurora that deserves recognition for their outstanding work within our community?

Nomination deadline : May 31, 2017

In celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, a Newmarket-Aurora Canada 150 Commemorative Medal will be presented to 150 residents who have made significant and outstanding volunteer contributions to the community.
Hire a YCDSB Co-op Student (at No Cost)!

The York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB) has about 120 Specialist High School Specialist (SHSM) students throughout York Region looking for summer co-op placements during the month of July.  If you are interested to learn more about hiring a co-op student at no cost, please contact Kevin Defreitas at YCDSB or Lucas Chang at Y2 Entrepreneurship Labs now.

Provincial Business News

Key Updates from the  Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC)
Rapid Policy Update: Ontario Budget 2017

On April 27, the Government of Ontario tabled its 2017 Budget A Stronger, Healthier Ontario The OCC summarized key highlights from Ontario’s business perspective. 

Get the scoop on:
  • Infrastructure
  • Business Growth Initiative
  • Cap and Trade
  • Financial Literacy and Skills for the Knowledge Economy
  • Health Care Booster Shot
  • OHIP+: Children and Youth Pharmacare
  • Interprofessional Primary Care Teams
  • Business Investment
  • Housing Affordability
Clarifying Ontario's Fair Energy Plan

The announcement of Ontario’s Fair Hydro Plan left many employers uncertain about the implications for their business. Through correspondence with senior officials at the Ministry of Energy, the OCC has been diligently engaged to help better understand the impact of the announcement on behalf of Ontario businesses. The OCC has put together a backgrounder about the Fair Hydro Plan and how it impact businesses in Ontario.The backgrounder was designed to answer some of the questions that have emerged since the announcement.
Provincial Business News & Opportunities
Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) — Grow Grant Applications

This spring, the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is hosting in-person workshops and webinars for nonprofits interested in applying for grants under our popular Grow Investment Stream.

Grow grant deadline: June 28, 2017

Plan to attend a session so your organization will be ready to submit a good quality grant application ahead of the deadline.

These full-day workshops, led by experienced OTF staff, will take community organizations through a Grow grant application step-by-step. The webinars are geared to organizations that are not able to attend a local event, but still want to get the information they need to submit a solid Grow grant application.

Grow grants are designed for community projects that will:
  • Launch, replicate, or adapt an already proven, evidence-based program
  • Increase in scale to impact more people
  • Improve and increase the positive impact in the community

To view a list of upcoming community workshops and webinars, view the OTF Eventbrite list. Dates and venues are still being added, check out the OTF Events Calendar for the latest details.

If you have any questions, please contact the OTF Support Centre at 1-800-263-2887 or by email at  

Government of Ontario: Latest News

Review the recent headlines from the Government of Ontario and stay up to date on developments that could affect your business. 

National Business News

Key Updates from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC)
Exiting Europe and Terminating NAFTA - Have our Trading Partners Lost it??

Hendrik Brakel, CCC Senior Director, Economic, Financial and Tax Policy, discusses the French election and its striking resemblance to the US elections. Brakel discusses the threats to stop immigration, withdraw from the EU, and impose tariffs to protect French business.
National Business News & Opportunities
CRA Tax Information for Businesses

Reminder to representatives: An important change is coming to form RC59 in May 2017
Do you use form RC59, Business Consent, to get online access to your business clients' information in Represent a Client? If you do, there are three important things you should know.

Don’t miss out on upcoming payroll webinars. Subscribe to the payroll electronic mailing list.
The Canada Revenue Agency’s next four-part payroll webinar series will answer employers’ payroll questions to help them meet their deducting, remitting, and reporting requirements. 
  • Wednesday, May 24, 2017: Answers to your taxable benefits questions
  • Wednesday, June 21, 2017: Answers to your employer-employee relationship questions
Are you self-employed? Know your tax obligations
If you are self-employed or the spouse or common-law partner of someone who is, the deadline to file your 2016 income tax and benefit return is midnight on June 15, 2017.

Charity & Non-Profit News

Local non-profit charities need your support to continue their good work in our community. Get involved and make a difference today!
June is Seniors Month, and Community & Home Assistance to Seniors (CHATS) is partnering with Richmond Hill SNAPd  to help bring awareness to the community about the numerous programs and services we provide to enhance the independence of seniors living at home.

Aurora businesses are invited to participate in the feature. The cost is $150; your business name/logo will be prominently displayed in the ad as a supporter of CHATS.  Only 20 spots available! An excellent opportunity for businesses interested in marketing their name in Richmond Hill.

Any interested business should contact Joanne Witt at Richmond Hill SNAPd for more information.
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