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Your Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce eNews publication is sent out biweekly to more than 850 local businesses and organizations.

For information on eNews ads and rates, contact Michelle Lea at or call 905-433-7854
Burden Reduction for Small Business

The Ontario Government announced their new measures to help small businesses and cut unnecessary Red Tape. The proposed measures will be introduced this fall, they include:
  • Reducing regulatory costs: Requiring all ministries to offset every dollar of new administrative costs to business, by removing $1.25 of old and unnecessary costs.
  • Streamlining compliance for small business: Ensuring that undue burdens aren't placed on small businesses when new or amended regulations are introduced, while maintaining robust environmental, health and safety requirements and other public interest protections.
  • International or national standards alignment: Increasing harmonization with other jurisdictions and adopting international or national standards, where appropriate, when developing or reviewing regulations.
  • Rewarding good actors: Recognizing businesses that have a good compliance record and lowering their costs by reducing the requirements, such as the number of inspections, without compromising the environment health and safety, and other protections.
  • Electronic transmission guarantee: Providing businesses the option to electronically submit any required documentation to the Government of Ontario instead of more costly paper submissions.
  • Government procurement: Introducing a preferred procurement policy for small businesses that would help provide better access to government contracts.
  • One-window service: Developing a new program that would help small businesses access support, information and resources by phone, online and in person.
  • Reducing fees and other costs: Reviewing licence and registration fees paid with a goal of providing relief to small- and medium-sized businesses.
Read Ontario's news release from the announcement.

We are very encouraged by the announcement on burden reduction. Cutting red tape for business has been a key component of our advocacy work and we are pleased to see government make meaningful change to reduce the regulatory burden on small business.

The one-window service concept will help save businesses time and money. This approach is something the OCC advocated for in our report Obstacles and Opportunities , which was the culmination of our work during the Small Business Too Big to Ignore campaign. The small business procurement policy is also very encouraging, and we ask the government to consider how they can expand this opportunity for small businesses across the province.

We are pleased to see Ontario adopt the $1 in $1.25 out provision, which will apply to new administrative costs. This is a best practice internationally and will keep the regulatory burden on business in check. We would certainly encourage this government to consider how they can bring costs down for business more broadly, outside of administrative fees.

All of these changes will have meaningful and positive impacts on Ontario’s business community, and especially among small businesses. But to keep Ontario competitive, we need to ensure that any impending changes to the Labour Relations Act and Employment Standards Act are evidence based and fully costed.

Nancy Shaw
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
If you are an alumnus of Durham College and would like to be a part of this event, please RSVP by June 28 so we can save your spot!
Are you in need of a boardroom for an upcoming meeting, seminar, or event?
Don't worry! The Chamber has you covered!
We rent our boardroom to Chamber members and Non-members at competitive prices!
Half-day & full-day rentals available.
We have a list of Caterers at your request and also offer coffee/tea service at a nominal price.
If interested in renting the boardroom or to inquire about pricing; please contact the Chamber directly at 905.728.1683 for more information!  
Business Of The Month  
Justice Burgers

Justice Burgers wants to make sure you eat! 

Officially opened for business in September 2016, this small local eatery has been dishing out to paying customers and non-paying customers alike to ensure no one goes hungry.

A wall in the restaurant covered with coupons means anyone can walk in and get a burger if they’re hungry. Patrons can purchase a $5 coupon to add to the wall and ‘pay it forward’, anyone is welcome to take a coupon for a free burger no questions asked.

Featured on Global News, Rogers TV and in the Toronto Star, Justice Burgers is a little taste of Oshawa generosity in the downtown core.

This past winter they donated money to buy supplies for a small outdoor skating rink in Brick-by-Brick park as well as donating food to St. Vincent’s Kitchen along with their Giveback Wall initiative.

Congratulations to Justice Burgers for being named Business of the Month for May 2017! Featured in the photo pictured left to right are Chamber Ambassador Lisa McKnight of McCAM Insurance, Chamber Ambassador Karissa Jones of The House Wren Virtual Assistant, Adam Dempsey, Co-Owner of Justice Burgers, Chamber Ambassador Alex Valcour of Durham Outlook for the Needy and Chamber Ambassador Ivano Labricciosa of OPUC.

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Wilkins IT Solutions Inc.

1288 Ritson Rd. N. Suite 113
Oshawa, ON L1G 8B2

(289) 685.5458 

Free Migration to Office 365 and first month Office 365 Free

Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce members can migrate away from your on-premise or basic email system to Office 365, now in Canada. Get the productivity and connectivity your business needs to be successful. Use code OCOC_O365 on checkout. Must choose annual subscription to qualify. Full migration of your entire email system from one domain to Office 365 in 7-10 business days. No downtime and no loss of email data.

Expires: 8 /1/2017

The Association is not responsible for fulfillment of this coupon


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