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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

Fair Workplaces Tool Kit 

The Ontario Chamber network alongide MNP, a Canadian accounting, tax and business consulting firm, have released a comprehensive guide to help Ontario's businesses navigate the complexities of the new rules. The handbook outlines the potential risks employers can expect from Bill 148, and also offers HR and operational strategies to help mitigate the impact. 

Q&A Fair Workplaces


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.

Letter Asking for Deferral

Policy Resolution on Cap and Trade (Shifting to a low carbon economy) 

Open letter to Premier Wynne Asking for Proceeds of Cap and Trade to be Allocated Towards Business


Development

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.

Development Charge Reduction Letter

The Need for a Concierge Service at the Provincial Level

Clocktower Briefing

OMB Reform Consultations


Broadband

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.

Letter to Town of Newmarket on Broadband


Arbitration

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. 

Letter on Arbitration

Arbitration Resolution

 

Blog
13 Nov, 2018

On October 23, the Government of Ontario announced Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 which includes a near-full repeal of Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act, 2017, and improvements to Ontario's apprenticeship system.

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