Hamilton, February 17, 2015—The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and its nationwide network of chambers of commerce, associations and businesses, including with the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, unveiled its Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness list for 2015. The Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness is an initiative the Canadian chamber network undertook in 2012 to draw attention to the barriers that are holding back Canada’s progress and to urge all levels of governments to act more swiftly in increasing our country’s ability to compete globally.
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Today the Government of Ontario released a consultation document that outlines the options it is considering to deliver on its commitment to address climate change and reduce carbon emissions in the province.
The Government is Set to Put a Price on Carbon
We do not yet know the specifics of how the government will proceed on carbon pricing, but the consultation document confirms that the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change is weighing several options for market mechanisms that would be used to price carbon in Ontario.
Hamilton Economy to Benefit from Lower Canadian Dollar and US Recovery, Manufacturing Sector Grows
Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and Credit Unions of Ontario release 2015 economic outlook for Hamilton Census Metropolitan Area
Hamilton, ON, February 11th , 2015: Hamilton is set to outpace the provincial average in terms of employment gains and expand at a faster pace than communities in its broader region, according to a new economic outlook from the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce and the Credit Unions of Ontario.
by Marie Nash
Hamilton native and regiment member, Corporal Nathan Cirillo, was standing guard at the National War Monument in Ottawa when he was tragically killed on October 22, 2014.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCC) quarterly Regulatory Update summarizes what employers need to know about the latest changes to the regulatory environment for businesses. Please review the disclaimer at the bottom of the post before utilizing the information contained within this blog post.
EI Premium Rates Dropping 15% for Some Businesses
In effect January 1, 2015
The Government of Canada has announced a new Small Business Job Credit that will lower Employment Insurance (EI) premium rates for small businesses as of January 1, 2015.
Hamilton, ON, Jan 26, 2015: The Hamilton Chamber of Commerce is highly encouraged by today’s announcement by Mayor Fred Eisenberger that the Province of Ontario has committed to funding 100% of the capital costs of a light rail transit system in Hamilton.
The project is expected to run along the B-Line corridor with further discussions on an additional link to the new James St North GO Station.
This month Canada introduced Express Entry, a new economic immigration system
Starting January 1st, 2015, this new system (which replaces a number of older programs that were driven by applications from prospective immigrants) requires people hoping to immigrate to Canada to indicate their interest by providing information online about their language ability, education, work experience, and other human capital attributes.
RAPID POLICY UPDATE: Courtesy of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce
This Rapid Policy Update contains information about accessibility requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) that came into effect January 1, 2014. It also provides important details about new accessibility requirements that will come into effect on January 1, 2015.
Thanks to all who joined us on December 11th for our Joint Holiday Party with McMaster Innovation Park and Innovation Factory. The party was a great success, with 68 toys and $389.00 donated to the Children’s Aid Society.