2017 Provincial Budget Release
Belleville Chamber CEO, Jill Raycroft Comments on Provincial Budget
As a voice for local business, the Chamber is asked to provide some insight on what a budget announcement means. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce speaks on behalf of business and communities across the province and their analysis is helpful for some but in other areas, maybe not as relevant. Read OCC Press Release Here
Seeking relevance at a local level is the role you effectively entrust to your Chamber, its Board and CEO. Ultimately, we want to see any government spend tax dollars efficiently,
April 28, 2017
State of the City Address with Mayor Christopher
On Wednesday, April 19th 2017 Mayor Taso Christopher made his 'State of the City' address to a sold out room of chamber members, dignitaries and city officials. He spoke on a number of topics including; 'Where we were' celebrating 200 years of Belleville and the upcoming special anniversary edition of the Belleville Magazine.
The Mayor then went on to discuss 'Where we are' with some of the on going and completed construction projects around the city, such as, Downtown Belleville Revitalization, the Bay Bridge and Dundas Street project, Local road resurfacing, bike
April 20, 2017
5 Minutes for Business
In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, we are pleased to welcome guest writer Susanna Cluff-Clyburne, our Director of Parliamentary Affairs. Susanna sheds light on the big barrier that must be addressed: The Crown has a constitutional duty to consult with and accommodate Indigenous peoples whose rights could be affected through infrastructure development. There is a need for consistent framework that bridges the gap between Indigenous communities and businesses.
Read 5 Minutes for Business to learn how a lack of clarity and the Crown's failure to execute its duty effectively can
April 12, 2017 - Susanna Cluff-Clyburne
OCC sends letter to Premier Wynne calling for more support for business on cap and trade
Wednesday, April 5th the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) sent an open letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne calling on the government to take action through Budget 2017 to contain the costs of the cap and trade system to better support Ontario’s business community. At a time of low business confidence and increasing competition from the United States, rising input costs for Ontario business risk negatively impacting jobs and investment in the province.
The OCC warns that the province must measure the impact of cap and trade among other input costs to fully understand the cumulative
April 7, 2017
Cyber Security in Canada:
Today, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce released a new report that examines the increasing challenges businesses face as cyber crime becomes more common and more costly. Cyber Security in Canada: Practical Solutions to a Growing Problem lays the groundwork for closer collaboration between government and the business community to develop a more secure cyber landscape.
The Canadian economy is losing billions of dollars a year to cyber attacks. The cost and frequency of these attacks has been increasing, as the tools to commit cyber crime become cheaper and more readily available.
April 3, 2017