Newsletter – March 2019

It’s time for an update on what’s been happening in Ingersoll and what’s on the horizon, and we’ve got Mayor Ted Comiskey lined up to bring us that information at the annual Breakfast with the Mayor event April 3. Details are on the poster further down in this newsletter, including a link to buy your tickets through the Chamber website.

50% sold out! Tickets for Ingersoll Day at the Rogers Centre on Sunday, May 26 are selling quickly. Don’t miss out on this fun family event. The link to buy your tickets through the Chamber website is below.

Ingersoll Talks Small Business Speaker Series #2 provided much valuable information for those in attendance. This series aims to provide information that business owners want and need to know, in coordination with the Ingersoll BIA. Watch for the next in the series coming soon and be sure to share your thoughts on what you want to learn more about.


Jennifer Vandermeer

Member Services Coordinator

(Toronto, February 26, 2019) - Today, Ashley Challinor, Vice President, Policy at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC), released the following statement in response to the Government of Ontario's new long-term health care plan.

"The OCC welcomes the government's commitment to publicly funded health care, as it is both an economic driver and a competitive advantage for our province. We have long called on the government to transform the Ontario health care system through streamlined administration and improved use of digital tools. However, we are concerned that a single health agency will be unable to meet the distinct regional needs of the province, particularly for patients in rural, remote, and Northern communities. We also encourage the government to work closely with local agencies during the transition to ensure that effective programs and best practices are maintained, scaled and shared."

Integrated Health Care Teams
"The OCC supports the notion of Ontario Health Teams and other forms of integrated care. These teams will ensure a co-ordinated, accountable approach that supports patients and improves collaboration between their providers."

Digital Health Care
"Innovation is the best way to both save money and improve patient outcomes within the health care system. We welcome the government's commitment to a 21st century approach to health care. Prioritizing access to digital health tools, particularly patient health records, will support integrated care solutions. We encourage the government to focus on removing barriers that prevent innovation in the procurement and delivery of digital care."

(OTTAWA) - February 20, 2019 - From every corner of the country, business leaders want to see the March 19 budget propose effective measures to help Canadian businesses compete.

"This will be the last budget before the federal election. It's a critical opportunity for the government to address the growing uncertainty in Canada's business community," said the Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO, Canadian Chamber of Commerce. "Our members, businesses on Main Street in every town across the country, want to know that the Government has a plan to reset Canada's economic direction. Business owners want Canada to be an attractive place to start or grow a business, and to invest in."

Budget 2019 comes as Canada continues to lose investment and talent, in part because of the number of resource-based projects that have stalled or been abandoned. And many businesses are handicapped by internal barriers that make it easier to trade with other countries than within Canada.

Beatty added, "All of these factors are well within our control to change, but Ottawa needs to show that it understands the urgency and is prepared to act. Canadian businesses have been consistent and clear about what's needed to overcome Canada's economic challenges, and their voices are captured in the Canadian Chamber's pre-budget submission. The budget will demonstrate whether the government has been listening."

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce's pre-budget submission recommends the federal government concentrate on five key areas -regulation, taxes, innovation, international trade, and human resources - to help Canadian businesses thrive in an increasingly competitive global economy.

Of particular focus, business want the budget to include measures to assist by:

· Establishing a Royal Commission to study Canada's tax system and recommend ways to improve business competitiveness and reduce its administrative burden.
· Redoubling efforts to dismantle barriers to interprovincial trade.
· Establishing a government-business working group to develop new or better tools to reduce the cumulative regulatory burden facing Canadian companies. These tools should include measures to combat the inconsistent application of regulations and ensure best practices by regulators.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions.