For what must seem like ages to many, we have seen much discussion both for and against, the Government’s decision to repeal Bill 148, also known as the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act. This column has more than once, hopefully provided information on the legislation and the impacts that it had on business both locally and throughout Ontario. The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce heard loud and clear from its membership, that it was just too much and too fast for the business community, to absorb the increases. Earlier this week, Bill 57 was passed through the Legislature and it is officially repealed.
Whether you agreed or disagreed with the previous legislation, that being Bill 148, we were all aware that in the Provincial election earlier this year, the Ontario PC party campaigned and announced that they would repeal Bill 148. Subsequently, they got elected to a majority government and did exactly what they said they were going to do. It should not come as much of a … Read More »
On behalf of our members and the Ontario Chamber Network, we are pleased the Government of Ontario is holding strong in its commitment to make Ontario open for business; with Bill 47 receiving royal assent.
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The announcement last week by Caisse Populaire Alliance was certainly good news for North Bay and more specifically, the residents of West Ferris. The closure of the last banking branch in that end of the City earlier this year, was seen as a loss of services to those who actually like to deal with people. We all get that it was due to change in banking habits, on-line and mobile banking and continued automation that was the decision maker, but it still left a mark. Fast forward to last week and the void will soon be filled.
The entire team from Caisse Populaire Alliance really demonstrated their commitm … Read More »
On November 15, the Government of Ontario released its 2018 Fall Economic Statement entitled “2018 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review”, which provides an update on the government’s finances and announces commitments for the upcoming 2019 Budget.
The government is projecting steady, moderate growth in Ontario’s economy, with real GDP forecasted to rise by 2 percent in 2018. The Fall Economic Statement forecasts a deficit of $14.5 billion in 2018-19, down by $0.5 billion from the previous year. Growth is expected to be more modest over the next four years due to limited economic capacity, higher interest rates, and slowing US growth.
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR ONTARIO BUSINESS?
Our rapid policy update outlines specific commitments that the government announced regarding:
- Fiscal responsibility, govern … Read More »
On the lighter side of the local news issues over the past few weeks, it doesn’t look like the ban on artificial snow will be continued fodder for our community, given the weather over the past weekend. Welcome to winter and soon Christmas will be upon us. Next Sunday, the 18th, the annual Santa Claus Parade will start the Christmas festivities and on the 30th, The DIA Old fashioned Downtown Christmas Walk will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. Here’s hoping for great weather for both of these events.
In the opening of this article, the mention of the artificial snow ban, although given a winter reprieve, does give some time for both the film industry and Municipal staff to find solutions. The Film Industry is important to our entire district and we all have to work together to ensure that the momentum we have seen over the past few years, continues. Our municipal Economic Development Department, Erin, Tanya, Leslie and Annemarie have done a tremend … Read More »