November 1: Mississauga Board of Trade would like to extend its thanks to Brad Butt who has completed a contract position with us as Director, Government Relations effective October 31, 2016.

During his short time with us, MBOT has built a strong government relations presence in Mississauga under Brad’s leadership.  We look forward to continuing this as we begin the search for a permanent person to fulfill this role.

In the meantime, please contact our President & CEO David Wojcik for all Government Relations and Policy matters.

Again, on behalf of all the members of MBOT we would like to express our sincere thanks to Brad and wish him well in all future endeavours.

MBOT Welcomes Release of Canadian Chamber of Commerce Policy Resolutions

Mississauga Board of Trade Welcomes Release of Canadian Chamber of Commerce Policy Resolutions

Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) welcomes the release of the 2016 Policy Resolutions approved in September at the Annual Meeting of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Peter Nogalo, Chair and David Wojcik, President & CEO of MBOT represented the organization at the meeting held in Regina, Saskatchewan from September 19-21, 2016.

The resolutions are vetted and supported by chambers of commerce throughout Canada.  They represent strong policy positions and offer concrete suggestions to the Federal Government and others on important issues facing business in the country.

This year, 55 resolutions were approved at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting.

For a complete list of the resolutions and supporting documentation, please visit http://chamber.ca/advocacy/policy-resolutions/policy-resolutions-2016/

International Trade Committee Welcomes UN Minister Hagezy

International Trade Committee Welcomes UN Minister Hagezy

international-trade-commitee-oct-2016On October 21, 2016, the International Trade Committee of the Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) welcomed the Hon. Tamer Hazgezy, United Nations Global Minister of Entrepreneurship to its meeting.  Minister Hagezy presented on Project 10 – a UN program to help and support small business through global trade and investment.

“It was nice to see the UN interested in small business and encouraging Canadian companies to do business throughout the world,” said David Wojcik, President & CEO of MBOT.  “The Committee members were very interested in this program and we look forward to sharing it with our members.”

Prime Minister Trudeau Announces National Carbon Tax

Prime Minister Trudeau Announces National Carbon Tax

October 4: Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) reports that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that the federal government will impose a carbon pricing regime on any province that does not implement one of its own by 2018.

A tough-talking Trudeau told MPs in the House of Commons that provinces can craft a cap-and-trade system or put a direct price on carbon pollution — but it must meet the federal benchmark or “floor price.”

The Prime Minister made the announcement in leading off parliamentary debate on the Paris climate change agreement Monday, making the case for Canada to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent from 2005 levels by 2030.

Trudeau said the proposed price on carbon dioxide pollution should start at a minimum of $10 a tonne in 2018, rising by $10 each year to $50 a tonne by 2022.

Federal Government Stepping In To Close Tax Loophole and Cool Foreign Housing Investment

Federal Government Stepping In To Close Tax Loophole and Cool Foreign Housing Investment

Mississauga Board of Trade applauds the Federal Government for taking measures to stem the abuse of our tax code by foreign investors. A Globe and Mail investigation showed foreign investors buying up real estate and flipping it for a profit only to claim an exemption from paying tax under the principal residence clause.
Minister of Finance Bill Morneau will announce measures to close the loophole and curtail the abuse of this coveted section of the Income Tax Act. Revenue Canada reports it conducted 2,500 audits related to real estate from April 2015 to April 2016, in B.C. and Ontario. There were no results of the audits made available.
Mississauga Board of Trade policy committee will be reviewing, monitoring and examining this with a view to submit a resolution to the Canada Chamber of Commerce AGM next fall.
Full Globe and Mail Story: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/trudeau-government-to-close-foreign-buyers-loophole/article32204922/

MBOT host Small Business Too Big to Ignore Roundtables

SmallBusiness_Logo_Partner-w-MBOTMBOT Holds Roundtables for Small Business Too Big To Ignore Campaign

September 27: Mississauga Board of Trade (MBOT) has concluded three roundtables with small business owners/operators as part of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) Small Business Too Big To Ignore campaign. The sessions were held on September 8, 13 and 26, 2016.

Small businesses are the backbone on the Ontario and Canadian economy. They are the wealth creators, job creators and risk takers. Small businesses of 100 or less employees constitute over 380,000 Ontario businesses, employing nearly 3 million people. With over 40% of workers in Ontario employed by small business, these businesses provide the livelihoods and income for many people in our communities.

During the consultations, business owner/operators provided feedback on three topic area. Talent Acquisition and Retention, Cost of Doing Business and Infrastructure Gaps. The information and ideas will be provided to the OCC for incorporation into their report to be released on October 17, 2016 a part of Small Business Week. A summary of the report is provided herein.

Talent Acquisition and Retention

  • Create a Training Fund for small business to access for new hires and existing employees.
  • Better educate young people in secondary school about what a job is and responsibilities.
  • Provide greater flexibility in the workplace for hours/days and location of work.
  • Improve the credential recognition system for foreign trained professionals.
  • Create a better employer/employee matching program.
  • Workplace must recognize value/reality of contract employment.
  • Create a “payroll tax” holiday for new hires.
  • Work to fix the skills gap by training/educating for the jobs of today.

Cost of Doing Business

  • Continue to work on eliminating unnecessary red tape on business. Much less paperwork.
  • Harmonize HST rules among all provinces.
  • Simplify the tax system so it is easy to understand and comply with.
  • Make the Canada Revenue Agency business friendly.
  • Lower the cost of electricity. Ontario is not competitive.
  • Government needs to keep up to the rapid pace of change and technology.
  • Create a “one stop shop” concept in Government for business. Ability to work with multiple departments and agencies.
  • Develop a standard employment template that complies with employment legislation and regulations.

Infrastructure Gaps

  • Greater investments in public transit to get people to and from work. Frequency and flexibility in the network is required.
  • Cost of housing makes living and working in the same city very difficult.
  • Need direct public transit link to Pearson Airport.
  • Create more longer-term parking lots connected with public transit – leave the car and go.
  • Cost of public transit forces some to keep using the car.

“We want to thank our members for participating in these forums and for their excellent feedback and advice,” said David Wojcik, President & CEO, Mississauga Board of Trade. “We are delighted to be partnering with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and look forward to the release of their report.”

2016 Mayor's Annual State of the City Address

“State of the City is Strong”

September 21 – In her annual State of the City Address to members of the Mississauga Board of Trade, Mayor Bonnie Crombie said the previous 41 years and the strong position Mississauga finds itself in today will be the strong foundation to build a complete city.

“A complete city is one where people can find good-paying jobs or take risks and launch new business ventures,” Mayor Crombie said. “It’s a place where students and workers have access to reliable, affordable and seamless public transit that gets them where they need to be.”

The Mayor stated that the state of the City of Mississauga is strong while discussing economic development, municipal-provincial-federal relations, transit, urban planning, affordable housing, the Mayor’s 2016 Citywide Food Drive, and youth employment initiatives.

Last year, she discussed the Economic Development Investment Mission to South America adding that the Mississauga delegation met with Biolab, one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in Brazil.

“I am proud to announce that our investment mission is paying dividends and that Biolab has chosen Mississauga as home for its new research and development centre. This state-of-the-art facility will span nearly 13,000 square feet. It’s a $56 million investment that will create 40 high-paying and high-value jobs, many in research and development. It will add more than $45,000 annually to our tax base providing important funding that will go toward the quality public services we all rely on.”

On transit, Mayor Crombie discssed how “rail transportation is shaping the way we will move in the future,” citing ongoing progress and advocacy efforts to press ahead with the Hurontario LRT and the Missing Link, a plan to bring all-day, two-way, GO Train service to the Milton and Kitchener lines.

Mayor Crombie also used the occasion to also launch MississaugaMoves.ca – a new website that provides in-depth information about Mississauga’s comprehensive transit plans.

Since becoming mayor, Crombie has undertaken a proactive approach to government relations to address Council priorities. Crombie just returned from a Federal-Provincial-Territorial meeting of infrastructure ministers. “Municipalities are the ones that have to put into action these federal and provincial programs. It is critical that we are at the table when decisions about how funding will be delivered, are made. Mississauga is on the frontlines. City-building is nation-building.”

A series of quality of life issues were addressed including the Affordable Transit Program – a partnership between MiWay and the Region of Peel. Mayor Crombie added that “our push for public transit and thriving neighbourhoods is part of how we want people to interact and come together.”

Mayor Crombie used her speech to help kick-off the 2016 Mayor’s Citywide Food Drive as a part of The Mississauga Food Bank’s Annual Thanksgiving Campaign in partnership with the City’s Fire and Emergency Services team. The Mississauga Board of Trade is a corporate sponsor.

“Our goals are to raise 200,000 pounds of food and $100,000 by October 14th. Take part in the #OneBagChallenge. Fill a bag with non-perishable foods. Take a photo or video as you deliver your donation to your local grocery store, fire station or The Mississauga Food Bank. Post your photo or video on social media and challenge five people to do the same within 48 hours, using the hashtag #OneBagChallenge.”

Mayor Crombie thanked her Council colleagues saying “I am proud to work with such a committed Council of professionals who have the best interests of this city at heart. Residents should be proud of their Council.”  Nine members of Council were present for her address

The Mayor concluded that, “we are strategically and thoughtfully planning for a more promising future by engaging the community about how our City will grow and by how our neighbourhoods can bring people together. This is what makes a complete city. This is the Mississauga we are ready for.”

“MBOT is always pleased that the Mayor addresses the business community and is engaged in the issues business faces,” said Peter Nogalo, Chair, Mississauga Board of Trade.  “The sold out audience greatly appreciated her remarks and the great support we have from her and members of Council.”

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Marijuana Sale Estimate

Recreational Marijuana Sales Estimated at $2B by 2024

September 19: As the Federal Government prepares to present legislation to legalize marijuana, the provinces are poised for the windfall on tax revenue. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce passed a resolution at it’s Spring Annual General Meeting to support a fair and level playing field in the distribution of recreational marijuana. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce currently has a resolution before it’s AGM to lobby the Federal Government to mandate the Provinces to institute fair distribution. In other words, give private business the opportunity to engage in commerce, where legalized recreational marijuana is concerned.

Mississauga Board of Trade supports the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s recommendation to the Federal and Provincial government to implement evidence-based health and safety regulations and continue the study of health implications connected with this commodity.

Mississauga Board of Trade urges the City of Mississauga and the Region of Peel to include the local business community in all discussions that will impact decisions on who and where licenses to distribute marijuana are granted.  We also urge the municipal and regional governments to consult the local business community with respect to any “revenue tools” they may contemplate assessing for these licenses.

MBOT Agrees with Mayor Crombie For Greater Municipal Input on Federal Infrastructure Funding

Mississauga Board of Trade Agrees with Mayor Crombie For Greater Municipal Input on Federal Infrastructure Funding

September 13, 2016: As reported in The Mississauga News, Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie is calling on the federal and provincial governments to provide municipalities greater say in the projects receiving federal infrastructure funding.

The Mayor attended a meeting of Federal and Provincial Infrastructure Ministers in Edmonton on September 7, 2016 where she made her plea. “Municipal budgets were never designed for large capital spending projects. We are here to provide municipal services, not build new subway lines or LRTs,” said Mayor Crombie in an interview with The Mississauga News.

“Often when they have these spending programs, the projects have to be new and unfunded. It’s fine if it’s an inspirational project, but we have asset management plans and we know what needs to be funded, we know what requires updating and we’d like to work off that list,” said Mayor Crombie.  “Let’s fund our needs list, not our wants list.”

Mississauga Board of Trade supports the equal and important input of local governments in infrastructure projects.  It is important to fund good projects that properly invest in infrastructure, not just the sexy ones.

“We applaud Mayor Crombie for speaking out on this and we agree with her that Mississauga must be fully consulted before projects are announced and go ahead,” said David Wojcik, President & CEO, Mississauga Board of Trade.

MBOT Welcomes Throne Speech Promise To Reduce Electricity Costs for Businesses

Mississauga Board of Trade Welcomes Throne Speech Promise To Reduce Electricity Costs for Businesses

September 13, 2016:  In the provincial Throne Speech read by the Lieutenant Governor on September 12, 2016, the Government announced that it would deliver additional relief on electricity bills.

The Government will introduce legislation that would rebate – directly on consumers’ residential electricity bills – an amount equal to the provincial portion of the Harmonized Sales Tax, an eight per cent savings.  The rebate would go into effect on January 1, 2017 and small businesses will also qualify.

To benefit more businesses, the Government will expand eligibility for the Industrial Conservation Initiative by lowering the threshold for participation and broadening participation to all sectors.  When fully implemented, participating industrial customers will be able to find savings of up to 34 per cent, depending on their ability to reduce peak consumption.

“This promise is welcome news for businesses in Ontario.  Our members have been telling us that the high price of electricity is affecting their costs dramatically so any way to lower the price is going to be helpful,” said David Wojcik, President, Mississauga Board of Trade.

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