The Chamber Network, along with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce have developed Vote Prosperity, a platform for the 2018 provincial election campaign. This product is designed to provide Ontario with a strategy to leverage our advantages and strengthen our global competitiveness.
Ontario is a great place to live and work, but the foundation of our prosperity is shifting. Through extensive research, we have identified several factors that limit business growth in the province, from lacklustre exports to an elevated cost of living to decreased labour force participation. These factors, coupled with high input costs such as rising electricity prices, a cap and trade regime, onerous labour law reforms and a burdensome regulatory environment, mean the cost of doing business in Ontario is high relative to our competitor jurisdictions.
Ontario businesses are the backbone of our economy and our communities. To ensure the next provincial election addresses the most important issues to their survival, Vote Prosperity reflects four fundamental pillars of a strong Ontario:
• Strengthening Business Competitiveness
• Fostering Job Creation
• Building Healthy Communities
• Improving Government Accountability
Within these four pillars, we have identified a total of 18 policy recommendations that will help bolster Ontario’s long-term economic outcomes, while also addressing the pressing issues of today.
Read the full report.
Ontario Votes on June 7, 2018
Candidate Interviews for the Ridings of Cambridge and Kitchener South-Hespeler
Candidates from 5 parties have been invited to participate in video interviews with Greg Durocher, President & CEO of the Chamber. The interview provided the candidates the opportunity to answer some questions that the Chamber would find important, as well as let the constituency know why each candidate believes they are the right choice on June 7, 2018