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2020 Ontario Budget

Today, the Ontario Government released the 2020 Budget, Ontario's Action Plan: Protect, Support, Recover. Read the 2020 Budget.   Below are highlights, pulled from the government's release, that are important to our business community.   Providing $300 million in relief for eligible businesses in regions where the Province determines modified…

How Innovation and Creativity Helps Watson Investments

Always looking forward, welcoming new technology, and continuously improving are some of the key reasons to our firm's success. When asked to share what we did during COVID-19 that has made us stay successful … I reflected. My business mentor, partner, and Dad, Peter Watson, always promotes continuous evolution and…

Ontario Pre-Budget Submission 2020

Today the Ontario Chamber Network released their pre-budget submission for the Provincial Government, with a focus on four pillars to create a more competitive business environment. On behalf of our 1,100 members, we support the Network’s ask for the government to prioritize strong fiscal policy, reducing regulations and red tape,…

Policy Resolution passed at Canadian Chamber AGM 2020

Faye Lyons, Vice President of Government Relations & Advocacy, introduced a policy resolution calling on the Federal Government to prioritize digital and data infrastructure at the 2020 Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting.   The resolution was passed by the Canadian Chamber Network, and will now become a policy…

Canada United Small Business Relief Fund

Now open for applications for the second round of grants!   Created by RBC, Canada United is a movement to support local businesses in communities across the country. The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund (CUSBRF) was established to help small businesses offset the cost of expenses to reopen safely or adopt…

#StrongerTogether Business Resiliency Award Recipients

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the recipients of the #StrongerTogether Business Resiliency Awards presented by BDC! The #StrongerTogether Business Resiliency Awards recognize and honour five Oakville small businesses for their innovation, compassion, and determination during the COVID-19 Pandemic. "We received over 80 nominations from the Oakville…

Women Need to Play a Key Role in COVID’S Economic Recovery

The COVID-19 crisis is having a disproportionate economic impact on women.   A recent report launched by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) outlines the direct and immediate economic impacts of the pandemic on women in Ontario with, women’s labour participation rate falling to its lowest in 30 years. Since…

Incoming Chair’s Message: Doug Eglington

It is an absolute honour to serve as the Chair of the Board for the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. While I have been a member for over 18 years, I thought it would be best to properly introduce myself to the community by sharing my story.   I was born…

Outgoing Chair’s Message: Tim Caddigan

This month brings to close my two-year role as Chair of the Oakville Chamber of Commerce. I accepted the nomination with the expectation that beyond the opportunity to give back to the community, it would also provide great learning opportunities for me personally. I expected challenges that would demand creative…