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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.

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.

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        Unleashing the economic potential of Ontario’s beverage alcohol sector

        Ontario Chamber Network Recommends a Comprehensive Approach to Alcohol Reform in Ontario

        Today, the Oakville Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce released a new report, Refreshing the Sale of Beverage Alcohol in Ontario. This report outlines how the province could modernize the sale and distribution of beverage alcohol and responsibly promote growth across all four categories – wine, beer, spirits, and cider. 

        “Ontarians want to see a more modern, convenient beverage alcohol retail system and we are closer than ever to substantive reforms to how alcohol is distributed, bought, and sold in Ontario,” says Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

        The report finds that, despite public support for modernization, reform is a more complex undertaking than it appears at first glance, due to the complexity of legislation and regulation involved. As the government proceeds with reforms to beverage alcohol sales, the Oakville Chamber and Ontario Chamber Network the need for a comprehensive approach to avoid perpetuating inequities in the taxation and regulation of wine, beer, cider, and spirits that limit growth.

        “By removing barriers and levelling the playing field,” Rossi added, “The Province can unleash the potential of the beverage alcohol sector, support regional economic development, meet the needs of today’s consumer, and generate greater tax revenue to fund the public services on which Ontarians rely.”

        Refreshing the Sale of Beverage Alcohol in Ontario provides the Government of Ontario with a number of timely recommendations including:

        • Modernizing the sale of beverage alcohol by allowing beverage alcohol producers to sell their products on e-commerce marketplaces and platforms using third parties to process payments.
        • Alleviating tax burdens by reducing taxes on Ontario wines, aligning taxation levels for craft cider with those of craft beer, and applying a graduated tax to the current spirits basic tax.
        • Cutting red tape by reducing the reporting Ontario wineries and cideries have to complete from a monthly to quarterly basis, allowing Ontario spirits and craft beer producers with a retail store to sell their products at farmers’ markets, and providing airports with an exemption to allow for the sale of alcohol 24-hours-a-day.
        • Removing antiquated inter-provincial trade barriers by allowing consumers to purchase alcohol online from other provinces/territories and producers to deliver these products to the consumer’s home.

        “The power of the alcohol sector to be a force for economic growth extends beyond just the expected industries. The production, distribution, and sale of alcohol has a ripple effect that benefits agriculture, tourism and hospitality, and retail throughout the province” stated Drew Redden, President, Oakville Chamber of Commerce.  


        Read the Ontario Chamber Network report, Refreshing the Sale of Beverage Alcohol in Ontario here.

        2018 Fall Economic Statement

        The Oakville Chamber of Commerce has issued the following statement in response the the Government of Ontario’s 2018 Fall Economic Statement.

        “The Oakville Chamber of Commerce is encouraged by many of the measures outlined in the Government’s Fall Economic Statement including the focus on fiscal accountability, electricity costs, and cutting cumulative red tape. Our local and provincial economy are strongest when industry and government work together.  We look forward to working with our local MPPs as we continue to discuss the measures outlined in the Fall Economic Statement and advocate on behalf of our members”

        Drew Redden, President, Oakville Chamber of Commerce

        Read the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s analysis of the 2018 Fall Economic Statement.

        Read the 2018 Fall Economic Statement.