Newsletter – July 2019

It's finally starting to feel like summer out there and that wonderful weather greeted 148 golfers at the Chamber's 37th annual J.M. Revell Golf Tournament June 17 at the Ingersoll Golf Club. For the first time ever, one of our golfers made the Hole-in-One to win a 2019 Chevrolet Equinox sponsored by Searles Motor Products. Jamie McArthur made the 160-yard shot on hole #15 to win the vehicle.

Photo courtesy of Trish Roberts, Custom Concept Photography
In yet another first, the Chamber, Ingersoll Downtown BIA and the Town of Ingersoll partnered to host the inaugural Ingersoll Business Showcase June 12 at the newly-renovated Carnegie Hall Ingersoll. More than 100 people attended this joint event that brought business people together to network and to be a part of the launch of the #BuyCloseBy shop local campaign. With funding received through Community Futures Oxford, the campaign is a simple window decal and promotional material reminding people of the benefits of thinking local first when doing business and shopping for products and services. Decals are available at the Chamber office or through the BIA.
More joint events are on tap for the fall, so keep an eye out for further information.

Photo courtesy of Trish Roberts, Custom Concept Photography
Our popular Food & Wine tasting event is scheduled for Thursday, August 22 at the Elm Hurst Inn. Tickets are available from any Chamber director over the next few weeks, or can be easily ordered online through the Chamber website.
We wish everyone a safe and sunny start to the summer season.


Jennifer Vandermeer
Member Services Coordinator

(Toronto - June 13, 2019) - Today, Rocco Rossi, President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce released the following statement in response the Government and Canada's decision to defeat many of the amendments to Bill C-69, An Act to enact the Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act, and to amend the Navigation Protection Act that were added in the Senate.

"Alongside our colleagues at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, we have long called on the federal government to fix Bill C-69's flaws through amendments recommended by both stakeholders and the Senate. As the voice of Ontario's business community, we were disappointed by the Government of Canada's decision to reject many of the Senate's amendments. Bill C-69 impacts the Canadian economy at large, not just one region, and Ontario's economic success is directly linked to the success of Canada's energy sector.

"Adding to the market-access challenges already faced by the oil and gas industry, Bill C-69 will damage our investment climate by layering on inefficient regulatory considerations. If the bill is passed in its current state, we risk being a nation of builders that cannot get anything built. We will continue to support the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in calling on the Government of Canada to defeat Bill C-69."




(OTTAWA) - June 12, 2019 - The Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, issued the following statement regarding the government's decision to defeat many of the amendments to Bill C-69 that were added in the Senate.

"The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is deeply disappointed with today's announcement that the federal government will reject a number of the Senate's improvements to Bill C-69. These amendments are essential to avoid driving investment away from major Canadian infrastructure projects.

While the current regulatory regime, CEAA 2012, should be replaced because it continues to discourage investment in Canada's mining sector, the government has prescribed a cure that is worse than the disease.

The Canadian Chamber attempted to work with the government to fix the legislation's flaws. Earlier this month, we wrote to ministers and again laid out the five key improvements Canadian business needed.

Because today's announcement rejects most of these improvements, we cannot support the bill.

As proposed by the federal government today, Bill C-69 will further discourage investment in Canada and threaten the financial security of millions of Canadians.
Although most of the public attention has centered on the bill's impact on the oil and gas sectors, the proposed legislation will also limit Canada's ability to create trade-enabling infrastructure that is so desperately needed, including ports, transportation corridors, and modernised energy grids.

Canadian business has made a good faith effort to collaborate with the government. Sadly, they have opted to double down on measures that are unfair, discriminatory and plain bad economics. If passed as proposed, Bill C-69 will undermine both our economy and the unity of Canada. We call upon Parliament to defeat the bill."