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Work From Home? Film From Home! Live Stream Lunch Contest

Calling on all Oakville Chamber Members to produce a FIVE minute Live Stream Lunch

Criteria:
  • Must be related to YOUR business
  • Must create VALUE for other members (tips, how-tos, best practices, educational)
  • Maximum length: 5 minutes 
The Oakville Chamber will promote and share ALL SUBMISSIONS that meet the above criteria.
Cost to Entry: $100

Winners will be awarded in the categories of: 
Most Creative & Most Original!

Prizes will be awarded!

The winner will receive:
  • A gift card to a local Restaurant
  • A Silver Muskoka Package (1 night stay and 2 rounds of golf) from ClubLink
  • And have their video aired on YourTV!
    Submissions due April 17th to becky@oakvillechamber.com

    View past Live Stream Lunch videos for inspiration!



    COVID-19: Business Resources and Updates

    This is the Oakville Chamber of Commerce’s central hub for business resources and updates regarding COVID-19. Please visit this page often as we continue to provide the most up-to-date information.

    Support for Businesses

    Access to credit Establishing a Business Credit Availability Program

    Canada Emergency Business Account – this program will roll out in mid-April
    Avoiding layoffs and rehiring employees Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

    Extending the Work-Sharing Program
    Reduced and deferred payments More time to pay Federal Income Tax

    Deferrals of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments until June 2020
    Supporting financial stability Bank of Canada Actions

    Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Actions 

    Insured Mortgage Purchase Program
    Support for self-employed individuals Canada Emergency Response Benefit

    Deferrals of Sales Tax Remittance and Customs Duty Payments until June 2020

    More time to pay income taxes

    Property Tax Assistance – Town of Oakville

    Oakville Chamber of Commerce

    Update: Nominations for the Board of Directors
    (March 30, 2020)
    The Board of Directors has determined pursuant to sections 4.01 and 6.08 of the Oakville Chamber’s By-Laws that there will be no election of new Directors at this year’s Annual General Meeting. The Chamber will not be soliciting nominations for potential candidates accordingly.

    April Events Update
    (March 23, 2020)
    As we continue to follow the recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada, all April have been postponed or rescheduled. Please continue to monitor our website for updates. If you have any questions regarding tickets purchased or your participation in any of our upcoming events, please do not hesitate to reach out to our team at info@oakvillechamber.com – we are happy to assist you with any inquiry.

    Oakville Awards for Business Excellence – New Date
    (March 23, 2020)
     With our upcoming Oakville Awards for Business Excellence (OABE) scheduled for April 22nd, we have made the decision to postpone the event until June 22nd, 2020.
     
    The judging process is complete and we have been working with our venue and event partners to find a date that will put us in a position to host this event and recognize the deserving businesses in our community that have been through our application and judging process.
     
    We thank you for your continued support and understanding.


    Town of Oakville


      Government of Ontario


      Government of Canada


      Resources for Business


      Monitor COVID-19

      Stay up-to-date on the rapidly evolving situation, and on the nature of the virus itself, by frequently checking municipal, provincial, and national websites.



          Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

          The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy. These measures will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses, plus $55 billion to meet liquidity needs of Canadian businesses and households through tax deferrals to help stabilize the economy.

          Below we have summarized what businesses and workers need to know.

          Business

          • All businesses can defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. This measure will result in businesses having more money available during this period.
          • Increased credit is available to small, medium, and large Canadian businesses. As announced on March 13, a new Business Credit Availability Program will provide more than $10 billion of additional support to businesses experiencing cash flow challenges through the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada.
          • Expansion of Export Development Canada’s ability to provide support to domestic businesses.
          • Provide flexibility on the Canada Account limit, to allow the Government to provide additional support to Canadian businesses, when deemed to be in the national interest, to deal with exceptional circumstances.
          • Launch of an Insured Mortgage Purchase Program to purchase up to $50 billion of insured mortgage pools through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. As announced on March 16, this will provide stable funding to banks and mortgage lenders and support continued lending to Canadian businesses and consumers.

          Workers

          • Boosting the Canada Child Benefit payments
          • Introduction of the Emergency Care Benefit of up to $900 bi-weekly for up to 15 weeks to provide income support to workers who must stay home and do not have access to paid sick leave.
          • Introduction of an Emergency Support Benefit delivered through the Canada Revenue Agency to provide up to $5 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment.
          • Provide additional assistance to individuals and families with low and modest incomes with a special top-up payment under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) credit.
          • Waive, for a minimum of six months, the mandatory one-week waiting period for EI sickness benefits for workers in imposed quarantine or who have been directed to self-isolate, as announced on March 11.
          • Waive the requirement for a medical certificate to access EI sickness benefits.
          • Extend the tax filing deadline for individuals to June 1, and allow all taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as instalments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period.
          • Provide eligible small businesses a 10 per cent wage subsidy for the next 90 days, up to a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Employers benefiting from this measure would include corporations eligible for the small business deduction, as well as not-for-profit organisations and charities. 
          • Provide increased flexibility to lenders to defer mortgage payments on homeowner government-insured mortgage loans to borrowers who may be experiencing financial difficulties related to the outbreak. Insurers will permit lenders to allow payment deferral beginning immediately.
          Learn more.

          COVID-19 Update from the Oakville Chamber

          Further to the press conference held today by the Government of Canada and Public Health Officials, Canadians are being asked to practice social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and as a result recommend the cancellation or postponement of events.

          The Oakville Chamber of Commerce is taking action to help protect the health and safety of our members, partners and our employees. We are currently implementing measures to do our part in containing the further spread of the virus.

          As a result, we will be postponing all Chamber events and meetings until April 6th.

          We will continue to monitor the situation and will keep members updated through our website, emails and social media for the status of our other scheduled events.

          If you are registered for an event that was scheduled to take place before April 6th, 2020 we will be contacting you directly to communicate a new event date and/or facilitate full refunds.

          To assist and support the business community with preparing and responding to COVID-19, please refer to these resources from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce:

          For specific information and updates on COVID-19 please refer to:

          Our offices remain open and fully functioning.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with your concerns or questions.

          During this period of uncertainty, we ask you to consider ways to support our local businesses. This includes purchasing gift cards that can be used at a later date, or ordering from them online. For your local needs, please refer to our Member Directory.



          COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS: Oakville Chamber Event Update

          The Oakville Chamber of Commerce (OCC) continues to monitor and assess new developments pertaining to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). In terms of the OCC’s upcoming events, we are taking our lead from Public Health, who is currently not suggesting the postponement or cancellation of any scheduled events. As a result, we are proceeding as planned with all upcoming OCC events.

          The safety and well-being of our members and community are of the utmost importance to us. We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will update this policy as required. We will communicate any event changes to registrants, our members, and the public through email, social media posts, and updates on our website. Should the directive from the Region of Halton Public Health change, the OCC will have alternative options for our events – including holding virtual programs and consider rescheduling events.

          Currently, we encourage all event attendees to:

          Evaluate their own health (and the health of people they’re in close contact with), when deciding to attend an upcoming OCC event. A temporary change to our refund policy has been made for those who are no longer able to attend an event (see below).

          Follow the guidance of the Region of Halton Public Health, everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of viruses, including but not limited to:
          • Wash your hands often with warm water and soap or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer
          • Avoid contact with people who are sick
          • Stay home when you are sick
          • Sneeze and cough into your sleeve
          • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
          • Use sanitization materials offered complimentary at Chamber events
          • Greet other event attendees with a fist bump or wave, instead of a handshake
            Temporary Change to the OCC Refund Policy

            During this time, we have revised our OCC Event Refund Policy for registrants. If you are not able to attend an in-person event, please contact the Chamber by email prior to the event. For select events being held using virtual technology, the 3-Business Day Cancellation Policy will remain in effect; registrants for these events will be notified of this policy via email communication. If you are no longer able to attend an event that you are registered for, please send an email to info@oakvillechamber.com as soon as possible.

            As published on the Region of Halton Public Health site, symptoms of the COVID-19 Coronavirus can range from mild – like the flu and other common respiratory infections – to severe, and can include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you are unwell, we encourage you to stay home to recover.



            Oakville Chamber is proud to support the MNP Future Leaders mentorship program

            Assisting young business leaders who are seeking to start or actively involved in an entrepreneurial enterprise

            The Oakville Chamber of Commerce is pleased to partner with MNP and other local stakeholders for the MNP Future Leaders mentorship program. We are dedicated to building the communities where we live and work and the local entrepreneurs we serve.

            Recognizing the importance of mentorship for growing businesses, this program provides entrepreneurs with the support, advice and tools they need to succeed in a rapidly-changing business environment.

            Apply to become an MNP Future leader and receive

            • One year of monthly professional mentoring, guidance and advice from an MNP partner
            • Year-long membership with the Oakville Chamber of Commerce, Mississauga Board of Trade, and Brampton Board of Trade
            • Consultation with media experts and profile enhancement strategy
            • Personalized award and recognition as an MNP Future Leader

            Visit mnp.ca/en/future-leaders for program eligibility and to submit your application by March 23, 2020.



            Oakville Chamber presents an evening at Theatre Sheridan

            Spend the evening at the Kit Kat Klub and enjoy the music, the atmosphere, and the passion of Cabaret!

            Exclusive to Chamber Members, the night begins with appetizers and cocktails inspired by the musical, before becoming immersed in the show that features Sheridan’s talented music theatre performance and technical production students.

            Theatre Sheridan’s productions are known for launching the careers of the next generation of theatre stars. Come From Away, the smash-hit musical warming the hearts of audiences around the world, was originally developed at Sheridan’s Canadian Music Theatre Project!
            Cabaret
            Book by Joe Masteroff

            Based on the play by John Van Druten
            and Stories by Christopher Isherwood

            Music by John Kander, Lyrics by Fred Ebb
            Tuesday, February 18
            Reception – 6:00pm
            Show – 7:30pm

            Theatre Sheridan
            1400 Trafalgar Road
            Macdonald-Heaslip Hall

            Tickets: $45*
            *Your exclusive Oakville Chamber Member ticket includes:
            Private reception, hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and FREE parking in Staff Lott 2

            Purchase your exclusive Oakville Chamber member tickets.


            A Roadmap For Business Success

            A Roadmap For Business Success is the Oakville Chamber of Commerce’s advocacy priorities. 

            We have worked hard to identify what are the most pressing issues for our members.  Through member surveys, one on one meetings and roundtables we have identified four key issues that our advocacy efforts are focused on with all levels of Government:

            1. Business Competitiveness

            2. Recruiting and Retaining Talent

            3. Transportation

            4. Innovation


            Oakville Chamber Holiday Hours

            Please be advised that our office will be closed from noon on Tuesday, December 24th through Wednesday, January 1st. We will resume regular business hours on Thursday, January 2nd.

            We wish you all the happiest of holidays!