The Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Chamber network, has achieved a number of advocacy wins and successes on behalf of the Newmarket business community. Here’s a look at some of our recent progress.
Our focus on extending access to broadband for businesses in Newmarket has resulted in numerous wins.
- Our letter to Town Council and meetings with Councillors highlighted a need for a focus on broadband. In response, the Town included broadband as a key priority in the Town’s 2016-2018 Economic Development Strategy.
- Our 2016 Policy Resolution to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce called on the Federal Government to bridge the broadband gap in rural areas. In late 2016, the CRTC declared broadband an essential service and mandated providers to offer specific high speed internet access not just for homes and businesses, but also along major Canadian roads.
- In 2016, we also put forth a policy resolution on broadband which was adopted for action by the Ontario Chamber network.
- In January 2017, we campaigned to oppose legislation that would tax Health and Dental Benefits which would have a detrimental impact on businesses and employees. In response to the overwhelming opposition in taxing employee provided health benefits, the Federal government announced that any such legislation is off the table.
- Our 2015 Deputation to Newmarket Town Council called for a clearer economic development strategy and the resources to create vibrant and livable corridors along Davis Drive and Yonge Street. It also stressed the critical need of implementing affordable broadband. Both points have been included in the official Town of Newmarket 2016-2018 Development Strategy.