Newsletter – May 2019

Save the Date! We’ve partnered with the Town of Ingersoll and Downtown Ingersoll BIA to bring you the Ingersoll Business Showcase on Tuesday, June 11 at the newly-renovated Carnegie Hall at 1 Charles Street East. Join us from 6-8 p.m. for an evening of networking and fun to help foster great conversation with local businesses. More details will come in the weeks ahead.
If you haven’t ordered your tickets for Ingersoll Day at the Rogers Centre on Sunday, May 26, you’re running out of time. You can easily order your tickets on our website or call the Chamber office at 519-485-7333 to get your name on the list. Don’t miss out on this fun, family event.
The Wonders of Spain and Morocco await on this fall’s Chamber trip. The deadline to register for this phenomenal excursion is June 22. See the brochure below in this newsletter for more information. These twice-a-year trips offer amazing itineraries at an affordable price.

 

Jennifer Vandermeer
Member Services Coordinator


Join us for our Chamber Golf Tournament on
Monday, June 17th, 2019
Ingersoll Golf Club
Entry Fee: $140 per player
Texas Scramble Format
10am              Registration
11am      Shot Gun Tee Off
Please be present at least one hour before the 11am shot gun start time.
Dress Code in effect

Entries must be in by June 10, 2019

Hole In One - Win a Car
Sponsored by: Searles Motor Products Limited
More information to follow!

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(Toronto, April 11, 2019) - Today, Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released the following statement in response to the 2019 Ontario Budget, "Protecting What Matters Most."
"Our message to the government in advance of Budget 2019 had been clear: bring down the deficit, focus on competitive taxation, and choose strategic investments that contribute to Ontario's long-term economic growth. We are encouraged by the robust plan for returning the Province to a balanced budget, including meaningful action to improve government accountability. This Budget is focused on spending smarter rather than resorting to austerity measures.
"We are pleased to see that the Government of Ontario heard this message, and is taking reasonable steps to build a stronger Ontario. Their balance of fiscal sustainability and critical investments in skills and infrastructure will promote long-term economic growth. The proposed investments in broadband infrastructure and skills development, especially, will create real value for Ontarians.
"Some key measures in Budget 2019 supported by the Ontario business community include:
  • Skills and workforce development: With 75 percent of OCC members stating the ability to recruit and retain talent is a critical factor to their competitiveness, we have long called on the government to address the province's skills mismatch. Modernizing Ontario's apprenticeship system, reforming skills and employment training programs, and improving the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program are all critical steps to create the workforce of the future.
  • Infrastructure: We are pleased by the government's $315 million investment in critical broadband and cellular infrastructure over the next five years. Access to high-speed internet is a basic requirement of the 21st century economy, much like roads, bridges, and electricity. Regarding the government's planned investments of $14.7 billion in the province's infrastructure over the next ten years, we hope to see more details on the plan. We will continue to press the government to address the province's infrastructure deficit.
  • Competitive taxation: Building a more competitive tax environment is critical to fueling investment, innovation, and economic growth across Ontario, particularly in times of fiscal limitation. The Ontario Job Creation Investment Incentive will provide much-needed tax relief for industry while promoting investment and job growth. We also continue to encourage the government to help small businesses scale-up by creating a variable small business tax rate.
"With the government already moving swiftly with a number of measures aimed at reducing red tape and growing the economy such as the Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, the Access to Natural Gas Act, 2018, and the Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, 2019, today's Budget will help to ensure Ontario businesses have as many opportunities as possible to compete on the global stage."

 


OTTAWA - April 25, 2019 - The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreements (CETA) may offer Canada preferential access to the European Union by removing almost all tariffs, but the trade deal doesn't necessarily mean that Canadian exports aren't being blocked from entering the market by other means.
A new report from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, CETA Issue in Focus: Opening Opportunities for the Canadian Crop Sector, sheds light on how the EU still isn't fully open to Canadian crop exports.
"It is clear that Canadian crop exports to the EU are not reaching their full potential because of a number of outstanding protectionist practices. Canada's trade numbers show an alarming disparity in CETA benefits between our crop sector and general merchandise trade," said Mark Agnew, Senior Director, International Policy and author of the report.
CETA, implemented in 2017, has been a boon to many Canadian businesses, with Canadian exports of merchandise goods to the EU increasing by 6.5% in 2018 alone. However, businesses in Canada's crop sector have experienced mixed results because of non-tariff barriers such as country of origin labelling, and food safety rules that are not based in science.
"Fortunately, the CETA agreement included the creation of institutional structures that force the Government of Canada and European Commission to the table to discuss irritants. The answer to the crop sector's troubles lies in making better use of CETA's regulatory cooperation committees to deliver ambitious outcomes that will resolve these issues. Our biggest challenge is whether our government and the European Commission will be ambitious enough to resolve these issues," added Agnew.
The report outlines a number of ways the Government can help the country's crop sector, including:
·        Elevating predictable agricultural trade issues to a standing agenda item for the CETA Joint Committee and Regulatory Cooperation Forum.
·        Requiring the CETA Joint Committee to direct the lead officials on the Dialogue on Biotech and Regulatory Cooperation Forum to increase the predictability and efficiency of the EU system that would reduce asynchrony between Canadian and EU approvals with the goal of approvals in both countries within 24 months of submission or less.
·        Establishing a Technical Working Group on Pesticides under CETA with a mandate to develop a pathway to enhance Pest Management Regulatory Agency and European Food Safety Authority collaboration and lay the groundwork for resolving MRL misalignment, including potentially by looking at increasing the frequency of joint reviews.
·        Using the Biotech Dialogue as a forum to exchange information on forward-looking issues pertaining to plant breeding innovations and responding to instances of low-level presences.

 

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