• London Chamber Receives Full Support for Two Policy Papers at OCC AGM

    On Thursday, April 28th, representatives from Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade from across the province converged upon the City of Brampton for the 110th Annual General Meeting and Convention of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

    The OCC AGM is an opportunity for Chamber delegates to make connections with their counterparts in other parts of the province and learn from each other’s best practices and successful offerings to their memberships. It’s also an opportunity to build relationships with political leaders (who attend to address the delegates) and collectively decide which policy resolutions the OCC will focus its advocacy efforts on in the coming years.

    At this year’s AGM, the London Chamber of Commerce presented two policy papers, both of which adopted into the OCC policy compendium with majority support.
    The policy resolutions submitted by the London Chamber of Commerce were as follows:

    Supporting Ontario’s Achievement of 2030 Emissions Reduction Target and Setting us on a Path to Net-Zero in 2050

    In this paper the London Chamber, recognized the important goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 but also recognized that it must be done in a way that is economically sustainable and affordable to Ontarians.

    We recommended that the Government of Ontario ensure energy remains affordable ensuring the pace of energy transition is balance to recognize the capacity of Ontario and businesses to pay for the increased costs of decarbonization and recognizing the gas system is an affordable market-ready solution that does not require Ontarians to replace their existing heating systems.

    We further recommended that the Government leverage existing conservation programs and adopt an integrated and diversified pathway to decarbonize our energy systems that includes inclusion of the gas system, policies that enable the blending of renewable natural gas with hydrogen into the existing gas system and that focus on carbon capture.

    Principles to Assist the Unskilled Workforce

    In this paper, we recognized that for those who are chronically unemployed or underemployed, some of the current government programs aimed at getting them back into the workforce may be too rigid and focus too much on immediate wins, often to the detriment of long-term results.

    In the paper, we recommended that the Government of Ontario embed the following three core principles into all programs geared to transitioning an unskilled workforce to a semi-skilled workforce: Employer Driven, Broad Based, and Long-term Results Focused incentives.