Ontario Budget Released

Last Wednesday the Government of Ontario tabled the 2018 budget for the province. Early analysis by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) cautions that while the Budget proposes new spending for economic development, it does nothing to alleviate rising input costs or tangibly address low business confidence. In fact, the province has chosen to follow the federal government’s lead on changes to the tax code that will result in nearly half a billion dollars in new taxes to be paid by employers over the next three years.  Visit our website for more information including links to the OCC’s full analysis and the entire budget document
Pillar 3 of 4: Building Healthy Communities

There are five recommendations under the third pillar of the Vote Prosperity platform, designed to address the bureaucratic and physical infrastructure that sustains and will sustain our province into the future:
  • Focus on strategic growth policies by ensuring that land use planning and development regulations are aligned, to increase density and create more housing stock.
  • Build adaptable and resilient infrastructure stock that can address future pressures including climate change and demographic shifts.
  •  Develop a single transportation authority in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA).
  • Strike a Health Cabinet to improve information-sharing and break down budget silos between Ministries.
  • Reform the procurement and supply chain processes within the Ontario health care system.

Visit our website to learn more about Vote Prosperity's 4 pillars and 18 recommendations and get involved in our upcoming Provincial election.  www.tbchamber.ca/voteON
Upcoming Chamber Events
Opening of Navigation Luncheon  
April 5, 2018 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

YQT: April 2018  
April 11, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

2018 Business Awards Gala  
April 14, 2018 | 5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Leaders Luncheon: Ontario Economic Report  
April 17, 2018 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

After Business @ Thunder Bay Hydro  
April 18, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Leadercast Thunder Bay 2018  
May 4, 2018 | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

YQT: May 2018  
May 23, 2018 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Small Business Programs
Up to $2,000 in incentives toward your lighting upgrade

The Small Business Lighting program assists small businesses in upgrading ineffective and inefficient lighting to energy efficient lighting and lighting systems. Better lighting helps to improve customers’ overall experience and safety within the facility, while energy efficient lighting helps business owners save on operating costs. This program is meant to be turnkey for the business owner: the Thunder Bay Hydro Energy and Conservation department coordinates contractors, quotes, and submits incentives on the applicant’s behalf.

Make sure to attend the April After Business at Thunder Bay Hydro to learn more!
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