ON Gov't to Release Budget on Wednesday

Your Chamber made pre-budget deputations to the Ontario government in January and February in preparation for this year's budget, with a focus on cost and competitiveness and a strong emphasis on the unfulfilled commitments to create exemptions from the aviation fuel tax for our Northern communities. Right now on our ON Budget page you'll find links to our presentations as well as Premier Wynne's recent Speech From the Throne. Following Wednesday's release we'll have links to the 2018 Budget as well as analysis and response from your Chamber network. Stay tuned for more details!​
Pillar 2 of 4: Fostering Job Creation

The second of the four pillars of the Vote Prosperity platform makes three policy recommendations designed to foster job creation in Ontario. These recommendations were developed in consultation with Chamber Members across the province and include:
-          Modernizing the apprenticeship system.
-          A redesign of Employment Ontario services.
-          Working with industry and post-secondary institutions to address the needs of a changing labour market.
-          Focusing resource allocations to overcome Ontario’s scale-up challenge.

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

Upcoming Leaders Luncheon on the Ontario Economic Report to Offer Perspectives Large & Small

How have the changes in provincial policy over the past few years impacted business operations? How have they impacted re-investment? What have they done to Ontario's investment-readiness? These are a few of the questions Ontario Chamber President Rocco Rossi will address during the Ontario Economic Report Leaders Luncheon next month. He'll also talk about the way external factors like the US political landscape are influencing Ontario's economic outlook and the overall level of confidence in the province, with the Ontario Economic Report as a reference. Join us on April 17 as we explore the future of Ontario and how Thunder Bay fits into the big picture.
Community/Cornerstone Members did you know you have 10 FREE tickets to our Leader's Luncheons?
Online shopping directory for Chamber Members
The Chamber maintains a directory listing just for Members offering online shopping!   Click here to visit the list and get clicking, or  contact us  if you don't see your online store listed and would like your business to be included.
The Climate Smart Chambers Program

This program helps provide businesses with tools and training on how to measure and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in a cost effective manner. Learn about the program in this 15-minute condensed version of their webinar. 

The video lays out the business case for reducing emissions, particularly as national carbon pricing is implemented, and goes through a number of real life stories of SMEs that have created a competitive advantage by reducing emissions.
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