Newsletter – January 2020

Happy New Year.
New Decade, New year and new beginnings. The Chamber welcomes Chelsea to the Membership Services position and we are excited for the upcoming year.
2019 we hosted a series of evening networking events in partnership with the Town of Ingersoll and the BIA. This year we want to continue that focus and bring additional value to our membership.
New this year will be a sponsorship package that will provide recognition and exposure at every event we host for all our supporters. Stayed tuned for more information to sent out
I hope to see everyone out at the Annual General Meeting on February 5, 2020 at the Colombo Club.


Meet Chelsea Stephens, our new Member Services Coordinator!


Chelsea is a recent addition to Ingersoll, moving here two years ago from Dorchester.
She lives with her husband, Justin, and their 3-year-old miniature poodle, Butters.


She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership from Brescia University College, a Post Graduate Diploma from Western University in Public Relations and studied Media and Entertainment Management in the Netherlands. She also completed a specialization in Search Engine Optimization with the University of California, Davis.


Chelsea has experience in research, customer service, marketing and public relations, but it’s her enthusiasm that made her the right fit for the role – and we think you’ll find that too.
Expect to meet Chelsea, if you haven’t already, in the coming months – she plans to meet every Chamber member by the end of February, 2020.


Feel free to contact Chelsea at:
(Toronto – December 19, 2019) – Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released, Guiding Policy Principles for Tobacco and Vaping Products – the third and final report in a series on social responsibility also covering cannabis and beverage alcohol.


The newly-released report notes that rates of cigarette smoking are declining while vaping rates are rising. It raises questions surrounding the evolving tobacco and vaping landscape, and provides policymakers with a series of recommendations to address both issues well-known to government and emerging areas of concern.


“Transformations in product offerings and consumer habits have led to an environment where both regulation and cessation supports are increasingly out of date,” said Ashley Challinor, Vice President, Policy at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “As tobacco and vaping products evolve, it is imperative that federal and provincial government regulations, taxes, and cessation programs keep pace.”


The report grapples with the challenges raised by the growth in vaping, particularly among young people. With questions still unanswered about the long-term health effects of vaping, the report suggests that policy makers have to quickly catch up.
Guiding Policy Principles for Tobacco and Vaping Products makes 12 recommendations, including:
  • Developing a research roadmap on vaping in partnership with relevant stakeholders, examining the short- and long-term health risks associated with prolonged vaping, the effects of second-hand aerosol, and vaping’s effectiveness as a smoking cessation device.
  • Taking action on the persistent challenge of contraband tobacco in Ontario by conducting a feasibility study on Quebec’s approach to tackling contraband-where the province poured more resources into enforcement and saw positive results-to determine whether this approach could be replicated in this province.
  • Monitoring smoking and vaping rates to identify those demographics most likely to smoke to ensure anti-smoking campaigns and cessation supports are up-to-date, relevant, and effective.
  • Supporting employers in industries with high smoking rates (such as the trades, transportation and utilities) to introduce cessation supports in the workplace.
“Government will need to work with a range of stakeholders –  including public health officials, industry, and First Nations communities – to safeguard public health, combat the contraband market, promote effective and targeted harm reduction strategies, and deter youth consumption,” added Challinor.
OTTAWA, ON – December 16, 2019 – Today, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Chief Economist and Vice President of Policy and Advocacy, Trevin Stratton, issued the following statement regarding today’s economic and fiscal update.


“Regrettably, the government has increased its deficit forecasts, despite a weaker fiscal position than originally anticipated.


The Canadian Chamber is disappointed to see that government continues to refuse to set a plan to eliminate the deficit, as advocated in our Roadmap to Prosperity.


Instead, today’s update makes deficits an enduring fixture of our fiscal plan, which still incurs what we believe to be untenable levels of debt that future generations will have to pay for.


Our perpetual structural deficit will put Canada in a difficult position to use fiscal stimulus should it be required in the event of a widely expected global downturn. Should a foul economic wind blow at anytime in the next four years, this fiscal house of cards will inevitably fall.


Finally, and perhaps most critically, there was little discussion whatsoever about helping the most critical drivers of Canada’s economy; Canadian businesses. And yet, the Finance Minister today hinted that business needs to invest more to help the economy.


As outlined in the Canadian Chamber’s Roadmap to Prosperity, an oppressive and rapidly declining regulatory environment continues to be the main reason why Canadian and foreign companies choose to invest elsewhere. Addressing this structural issue is well within the federal government’s power to correct.


The Canadian Chamber and the 200,000 businesses its pan-Canadian network represents stands ready to work with the 43rd Parliament to help our shared economy grow. We need a willing partner to do so.”