Newsletter – August 2019

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer season and finding some time to spend with family and friends.  Please join us for our annual networking event, the Food & Wine Tasting at the Elm Hurst Inn and Spa, on August 22nd.  The Food and Wine event is always well attended and enjoyed by all.  I look forward to seeing you there
As you are out supporting our looking businesses we ask that your do two things.
  1. Share your positive posts on any social media channel to recognize our fellow business owners.  You will have a chance to win a $500 shopping spree at Tremblett's Independent Grocer - just for sharing your positive posts! Stay tuned for more information!
  2. Consider nominating a Local Business for this year's annual Awards of Excellence that will be held on October 17th.  A request for nominations is included in this newsletter,so you can start thinking about who you would like to nominate for a job well done or recognize a business for their accomplishment and support of our community
Please feel to reach out to our Chamber office if you have any feedback on our efforts to support the business community.
Tammy Jeffery-Larder

(Toronto - July 22, 2019) Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) 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 to 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 OCC underscores 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 beverage 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 in all corners of the province,” noted Rossi.





(OTTAWA) - July 10, 2019 - Canadian businesses need to use certificates of origin when they ship to countries that don’t have free trade agreements with Canada.
A number of Canadian providers can offer this kind of service, but only the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is accredited globally.

The international governing body that accredits organizations to provide certificates of origin for international shipments is the International Chamber of Commerce World Chambers Federation International Certificate of Origin Accreditation Chain, or ICC WCF.
The ICC WCF is the gold standard for certificates of origin documentation that is recognized worldwide, and it accredited the Canadian Chamber last week.

“The Canadian Chamber has been providing certificates of origin for many years, and the high quality of our due diligence has earned us the honour of being the first Canadian organization to be internationally recognized. Our members can expect the same great service with the added bonus of the ICC stamp of approval, which will provide even faster border clearance times for their exports,” said Anick de Sousa, Director, Business Services, Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Canadian businesses in the agriculture, machinery, manufacturing, and food product sectors are heavy users of certificates of origin. Delays at borders can often represent significant costs and penalties for these Canadian businesses.

Certificates of origin are also are particularly important when shipping to the Middle East and Asian countries that are not part of CPTPP, given their customs requirements.
“The Canadian chamber offers our service online, making it easy and convenient for Canadian businesses. Our new international accreditation means that Canadian businesses will likely no longer need to pay for notarization fees like they do with other service providers. It’s an easy, cost effective solution to make sure your shipments get through international customs without a hitch,” added de Sousa.

Adding the internationally recognized ICC CO label to the Canadian Chamber’s certificates of origin will confirm to foreign authorities that the Canadian Chamber is a trusted and reliable third party, compliant with international harmonized certification standards.

The accreditation is a benefit to Canadian exporters by:
· Adding a third party verification to your certificates of origin, improving their acceptance worldwide
· Allowing for speedy authenticity checks online by foreign authorities
· Advancing world acceptance of electronic certificates of origin
· Allowing Canada to participate in international discussions about Cos and representing Canada’s interests on a global stage.

“We are very pleased to welcome the Canadian Chamber of Commerce as the 25th chamber member of the ICC WCF International CO Accreditation Chain. The accreditation committee was impressed by the quality of the application and is sure that the Canadian Chamber of Commerce will be able to bring the CO issue to the next level in Canada thanks to this membership and the close cooperation it has with the International CO Council,” said Martin Van der Weide, Chair of Accreditation Committee.