Current Advocacy Efforts
The policy and legislative issues that we are tackling all have an impact on making Newmarket more competitive in both domestic and global markets. As part of that, we represent our members’ interests on a number of important issues impacting business.
What We're Working On
Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act
The Changing Workplaces Review and resulting Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act has caused concern for many Newmarket Chamber members and, more broadly, throughout Ontario's business community as well. The Chamber will continue to press the Government for an economic impact analysis prior to the implementation of the new legislation.
Update: Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (July 10, 2017)
The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Keep Ontario Working coalition called the provincial government to give businesses more time to better prepare to deal with the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs act. The coalition has also declared that they will commission a thorough and comprehensive assessment to fully evaluate the effects these changes will generate. This independent analysis will be completed in August at which point it will be shared with our members.
Read the full letter HERE
What you can do: We encourage you to take action against these labour reforms by submitting a letter to your local MPP through the Coalition's website. To submit a letter, click here
Cap and Trade (Ongoing)
The Cap and Trade program was launched by the Government of Ontario on January 1, 2017 despite our call for a deferral. The program’s sole focus is to reduce the province’s total greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by setting a “cap”, or maximum limit, on the amount of GHGs that can be released and allowing emitters to trade permission to emit via emissions allowances. The Cap and Trade auctions are expected to raise 7 billion dollars which the Government will then use to reduce emissions.
Development is essential for economic growth and prosperity in any municipality. The Newmarket Chamber continues working to ensure that Newmarket remains competitive for businesses to build and expand their operations.
The Newmarket Chamber has called on all levels of government to support economic growth by expanding access to broadband. At the federal level, the CRTC recently declared broadband to be an essential service, and we’re urging government to capitalize on this by bridging the broadband gap and promoting competitive access to the next generation of fibre optic networks.
The Newmarket Chamber has repeatedly called on the Ontario Government to reform the Interest Arbitration System. This system has led to the rising costs of emergency services. The costs have increased at over three times the rate of inflation annually since 2002 as a result of settlements from the arbitration system. This is is especially detrimental for municpalities that are greatly restricted in their options to raise new revenue.