Media Release: Rescind Small Business Tax Increases from 2018 Ontario Budget

THUNDER BAY, April 5, 2018: The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Chamber Network in 135 communities across the province are calling on the Ontario Government to remove two proposed tax reforms that will cost employers nearly half a billion dollars in new taxes from the 2018 budget… Read more on our website.
Pillar 4 of 4: Improving Government Accountability

Vote Prosperity is a set of recommendations designed by Chambers across Ontario in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to serve as a lens for measuring candidates in the upcoming Provincial election. The four recommendations under the fourth pillar of the Vote Prosperity platform are designed to improve government decision-making and communications with stakeholders:
  • Create a meaningful plan to tackle the debt and move towards balanced or surplus budgets
  • Ensure all proposed policy, regulation and legislation has been evaluated against sound, quantitative evidence
  • Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of strategic goals and publicly publish these targets to ensure transparency
  • Provide appropriate timelines to stakeholders when revising or implementing initiatives that will impact their operations

Visit our website to learn more about Vote Prosperity's 4 pillars and 18 recommendations and get involved in our upcoming Provincial election.

Upcoming Chamber Events
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

After Business @ Halfway Motors Power Sports  
May 16, 2018 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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

At the 2018 Opening of Navigation Luncheon we were joined by Tim Heney of the Port of Thunder Bay and Julie Lambert of Canada Steamship Lines to discuss the way the Port’s ongoing upgrades have contributed to client satisfaction and a strong outlook for the future.  Visit our website for details on what you missed!
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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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