Advocacy: A Year in Review
January 15, 2020
Building a stronger more competitive business environment is always a top priority for the Oakville Chamber. This past year we spearheaded policy resolutions that were supported by the majority of Chambers across Ontario and Canada that will help improve and promote success for the business community. These public policies around growth and planning will help pave the way for improved housing affordability, infrastructure productivity as well as the regional economy.
Recognizing that our members and their employees are often required to travel to the United States for critical business, we also helped shape public policy that will enhance Canada/US labour mobility by reducing administrative burden and misinformation to help improve the process for business travelers and border crossings.
Calls to Action
Letter for National Day of Action and Senate Committee Testimony
The Oakville Chamber joined Chambers from across the country to sound the alarm that Canada is at an economic and social tipping point because of our failure to get energy resource infrastructure built. Read the letter.
Vote Prosperity: Federal Election Platform
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce launched Vote Prosperity , the Canadian Chamber Network’s election platform. Vote Prosperity calls on all of the federal parties to support Canada’s job creators by including seven priorities in their election platforms. Learn more.
Unleashing the economic potential of Ontario’s beverage alcohol sector
The Oakville Chamber, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber, of released a new report: Refreshing the Sale of Beverage Alcohol in Ontario.
Oakville Chamber gives thumbs up to Draft Economic Development Strategy
“The Oakville Chamber is encouraged to see that the Economic Development Department has listened to the business community and is making plans to improve the business climate in Oakville.” Read the statement.
Addressing Regional Imbalances Critical to Ontario’s Future
The Oakville Chamber, in partnership with the Ontario Chamber Network, released a new report, The Great Mosaic: Reviving Ontario’s Regional Economies. The report outlines how government of all levels can work with industry to unleash the potential of Ontario’s regional economies and reinforce the competitiveness of the province as a whole.
A Roadmap for Business Success
A Roadmap for Business Success is the Oakville Chamber’s advocacy priorities. It is built on four pillars:
1. Business Competitiveness
3. Recruit and Retain Talent
What the Candidates Are Saying: 2019 Federeal Election
As part of the Oakville Chamber’s advocacy efforts leading up to the federal election on October 21st, we invited candidates to share with our members their vision with the Oakville business community. Specifically, how their party’s policies and/or platform would strengthen Oakville’s business competitiveness.
Read the Oakville North-Burlington candidate responses.
Letter to the Town of Oakville: Budget 2020
The Oakville Chamber wrote a letter to Mayor Rob Burton and Town Councillors with their priorities for the Budget 2020. Read the letter.
Canada is at an economic and social tipping point
Canada’s resource sector remains a vital driver of our economy, helping to create jobs and economic prosperity not just for those who work in the sector, but for millions of Canadians across the country. Continue reading.
Town report underscores Oakville chamber priorities
Improving the business climate for our members is a top priority for the Oakville chamber. Breaking down barriers, helping to reduce red tape and navigating through the regulations and legislative requirements enforced by the various levels of government is what we do. Continue reading.
It’s time for a comprehensive review of the Canadian Tax system
Canada’s tax system is simply not working anymore. Businesses say it is deterring investment and driving it elsewhere. Continue reading.
Oakville Chamber putting business priorities at forefront of federal election
With a federal election only months away, the Oakville chamber, in conjunction with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, has launched its election policy website, Vote Prosperity, to highlight the needs of Canadian businesses to all parties in the upcoming federal election. Continue reading.
Budget 2020: Oakville Chamber’s to do list for councilThe Oakville chamber’s submission focused on member’s concerns regarding the importance of supporting the growth of the existing business community, while remaining competitive against other jurisdictions when it comes to property taxes, development charges and industrial land sale values. Continue reading.
Driving Oakville Forward
As our communities become more “connected” through the collection of data, artificial intelligence and technology, it is vital that we are prepared for the business climate of the future. To that end, the Chamber is encouraging the Town to develop a Strategy for Urban Mobility and Transportation Planning. Continue reading.