Big Wins for Kingston Chamber at provincial Annual General Meeting
For immediate release ~ Monday, April 30, 2018
Kingston – The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce delivered numerous policy papers on behalf of our members and both received the full support of the delegates attending the Annual General Meeting and Policy Conference of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. The event was held in Hamilton from April 26 – 28 and was attended by local Chambers of Commerce from across the province.
The Kingston Papers included: “Closing the Skills Gap”, which recommends allocating new resources to post-secondary educational institutions to support experiential learning and investment in industry-relevant technology. We also re-submitted a sun setting resolution on the Unrealized ‘Heads and Beds Levy’ which continues to hurt a municipality’s economic competitiveness. Our resolutions were co-sponsored and co-authored by our partners at the Mississauga Board of Trade, Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, Burlington Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Kitchener-Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.
Kingston was also fully engaged with the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber on resolutions regarding trade and one that recommended the province revisit the “Second Career” Program which had proved successful in retraining individuals for promotion and re-entrance to the workforce. All resolutions have significant local impact.
A key objective of the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce is to be an effective advocate for Kingston and area business. The Chamber works on our member’s behalf. Our alliances with other Chambers and Boards of Trade, including the Ontario and Canadian Chambers, provide us with information and access to all levels of government. We carry the collective and individual views of Chamber members to all levels of government to ensure that our member’s voice is heard. The Kingston Chamber proudly boasts that it is a proactive, not reactive organization. We help draft policy rather than simply criticize it.
For more information or interviews please contact:
Bill Stewart, Advocacy & Policy Development Specialist
Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce 613-548-4453 extension 1002 or mobile: 613 583 5557