Ontario’s Business Advocate mobilizes around election priorities in 135 communities across the province

 North Bay, ON – May 3, 2018 – The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce (NBDCC) and the Chamber network across the province are mobilizing this election to bring their recommendations in Vote Prosperity to political leaders and local candidates. Over the course of the campaign, local chambers and boards of trade will be boldly pushing the Vote Prosperity message through a debate, and stakeholder meetings.

“The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce and local chambers and boards of trade across the province have been advocating tirelessly with candidates and elected officials, highlighting business priorities for this election,” said Peter Chirico, President & CEO. “We are willing to work with whichever party makes up the next government and it will be important that the provincial government works with business to ensure a strong economy, especially for the businesses in our region.  During the election campaign, we will continue our efforts, and ask for local candidates to adopt our economic plan that will help strengthen businesses competitiveness, foster job creation, build healthy communities and improve government accountability.”

The North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Your TV – North Bay (Cogeco) will be hosting a Meet the Candidates Debate on Tuesday, May 15, 2018, which will have a focus on the Vote Prosperity message, as a portion of the debate questions.

With industry feeling the impacts of the increasing cumulative burden, the OCC and the NBDCC have also warned that Ontario’s next government must be committed to taking bold action in providing pro-growth policy solutions.

“Ontario has the foundation for sustainable and equitable growth. But, bold action and leadership will be required of the newly elected Government of Ontario, whether it is Liberal, PC or NDP,” added Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

Vote Prosperity is based on four pillars for Ontario:

  1. Strengthen business competitiveness: Rising input costs, especially those costs deriving from government regulation and policy, are the most common and acute concern of the business community in Ontario.
  2. Foster Job Creation: A robust labour market consisting of good jobs is essential to prosperity for all Ontarians.
  3. Build Healthy Communities: Building strong communities through adequate and affordable housing, sustainable health care, and good infrastructure also supports business prosperity and growth, which supports those communities.
  4. Improve Government Accountability: Poor implementation of government initiatives can result in resource waste, political frustration, and disruption for ordinary citizens, as demonstrated by a series of policy failures under governments of all political stripes.

The platform provides eighteen unique recommendations that will help bolster Ontario’s long-term economic future, while also addressing the pressing issues the province currently faces.

The full list of recommendations in Vote Prosperity can be found at http://www.occ.ca/vote-prosperity2018/