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

The federal taxation system is changing, with significant changes being proposed for small business.


In July 2017, the Federal Government announced changes to Small Business Taxation. The Business community pushed back and the Government has made some changes, but drastic changes are still fast approaching.

The changes will increase your taxes on:
  • retained earnings;
  • dividend payments;
  • family earnings;
  • and, limit your investment income.

Guest speaker Rob Chaggares, of Chaggares & Bonhomme Chartered Professional Accountants, will make sure you understand how these changes will impact your small business.

A light continental breakfast is included.
The 2018 Aurora Buyers’ Guide

Discover hundreds of local products and services offered by our valued members. 

Get YOUR copy this month.

Members will receive a copy via Canada Post by November 17th; Aurora residents will receive a copy via The Auroran Newspaper on November 23rd. 

Buy local. Shop your community!

Thank you for supporting Aurora Chamber of Commerce members.
Celebrating Business Excellence in Aurora

The Aurora Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present the 2017 Business Excellence Awards, celebrating The Magic of Business in Aurora on November 16th.


We have the honour of publicly recognizing the best and brightest in Aurora — highlighting the achievements and contributions of local businesses that stand out from the crowd.
Thank you to the 2017 Business Excellence Awards sponsors for their generous support!

Premier Sponsor: Town of Aurora; Platinum Sponsors: Bell, Magna International Inc. and TD; Gold Sponsors: BDC and Metroland Media - The Aurora Banner; Silver Sponsor: Sigma Promotions; Dinner Sponsor: The Auroran; Photography Sponsor: Glenn Rodger Photography.
Key Updates from Leona Alleslev, MP Aurora-Oak Ridges-Richmond Hill 
Member of Parliament, Leona Alleslev: Updated Tax Fairness Proposals

MP Leona Alleslev provides an update on the federal government’s Tax Fairness proposals.
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
York Region Leaders Sustainability Forum

Featuring Opening Remarks from Newmarket-Aurora MPP Chris Ballard, Ontario's Minister of the Environment and Climate Change:

Mix & Mingle: Complimentary Hors d'Oeuvres & Cash Bar

  • Network with business professionals over drinks and appetizers
  • Listen to a panel discussion on sustainability trends as we move towards 2030
  • Discover emerging impacts of distributed energy
  • Understand how the workplace will change
  • Discuss the implications of Ontario's Climate Action Plan with like-minded professionals

A team of sustainability experts have been assembled for an informative panel discussion and you are invited to join the conversation.

There is no charge to attend, but registration is required and space is limited.
Nominations are Now 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, such as:

  • Breaking down barriers and encouraging women and girls to get involved in careers where women are underrepresented; 
  • Actively promoting equality, diversity, healthy equal relationships
  • Preventing violence against women and girls
  • Reducing racism and discrimination
  • Encouraging women and girls to participate in any part of public service
  • Acting as a positive role model by mentoring, coaching, leading events or organizations
  • Providing a positive example to women and girls in their communities

Nomination Deadline : January 20, 2018

Provincial Business News

Key Updates from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC)
Steering Through Change: A Handbook to Help Ontario Businesses Understand and Manage Bill 148

The OCC, alongside MNP, Canada's leading accounting, tax and business consulting firm, released a comprehensive handbook to help Ontario's business community navigate the incoming changes from Bill 148 (Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act).

The handbook outlines the potential risks employers can expect from Bill 148, and offers human resources and operational strategies to help mitigate the impact. 
Provincial Business News & Opportunities
Ontario Launches New Export Business Portal

Ontario is boosting access to resources for exporters with the new Magnet Export Business Portal, the first of its kind in Canada.

The Magnet Export Business Portal, built with support from the Government of Ontario, helps businesses quickly find programs and services for which they are eligible.

Magnet pro-actively curates and filters current content from the Ontario Ministry of International Trade, Global Affairs Canada, Business Development Bank of Canada, and Export Development Canada.
IESO GTA & Central Ontario Electricity Forum

You are invited to join the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) for the GTA & Central Ontario Regional Electricity Forum being held on December 11, 2017.

Ontario’s electricity system is undergoing a transformation with consumers becoming more engaged in the electricity dialogue, communities proactively seeking ways to become more self-sufficient and with opportunities for businesses to participate in the sector at an all-time high. Join us to hear from industry experts, local leaders and members of your community as we explore the future direction of the electricity sector and how electricity can be harnessed to support the growth, resiliency and vibrancy of communities. 

This is a complimentary event. Registration is required.
Accessibility Reporting Deadline

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.

If a business has 20 or more employees they 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.
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

National Business News & Opportunities
Canada’s Economy is Booming, But Will It Last??

In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, Hendrik Brakel, CCC Senior Director of Economic, Financial and Tax Policy, shares the reasons behind Canada's booming economy, whether the growth will continue and what we should be doing to drive up our country's competitiveness. 

Read 5 Minutes for Business to learn more about the key drivers behind Canada's staggering 4.5% growth in the second quarter and what we need to consider if we're to roll up our sleeves and compete internationally.

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