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Stouffville Chamber – Works Hard For You

Your Chamber works very hard, on your behalf, to plead the case of business in support of various causes that will impact the businesses in the membership. We focus our efforts on this activity and have the strong support of the Canadian and Ontario Chambers of Commerce as resources. It is important for the Chamber to know how the Members feel about various issues or proposals that arise so we can have a strong and cohesive voice in developing the case to advocate.

We have developed a strategy to focus on those important issues, closest to home, that have your business as the primary beneficiary of any advocacy we conduct regarding business growth and operations at all levels of public policy.

We are committed to participating in the development of local and regional economic strategies and we advocate for increased investment and development of our business community.

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The Stouffville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, organized and met with Mayor Altmann in May as part of the annual update of the Mayor’s vision for development in Whitchurch-Stouffville.

The primary purpose of the meeting was to gain a better understanding of the Mayor’s objectives for the Township of Whitchurch-Stouffville and to establish what role the Chamber can play in assisting in the economic development and promotion of Stouffville, as a great place in which to do business.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce – News

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  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce says today’s job numbers are a wake-up call
    Ottawa, February 9, 2018 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement in response to the news today from Statistics Canada that Canada lost 88,000 jobs in January, the steepest single-month job loss since 2009: “While it would be a mistake to assume that one month’s figures necessarily indicate a trend, January’s dramatic decline in […]
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  • Canadian Chamber Statement on Proposed Changes to Environmental Assessment Process
    Ottawa, February 8, 2018 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement today in response to the federal government’s proposed changes to the Environmental Assessment process: “The Canadian Chamber is fully supportive of the federal government’s commitment to protecting the environment, supporting reconciliation with Indigenous peoples and ensuring good projects go ahead.
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  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce Announces Senior Business Leaders as B7 Co-Chairs
    Ottawa, February 08, 2018 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Monique F. Leroux, Chair of the Board of Investissement Québec and Chair of the Quebec Economic and Innovation Council, and Dawn Farrell, President and CEO of TransAlta Corporation and Director of the Business Council of Canada, will co-Chair the B7 Business Summit […]
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Ontario Chamber of Commerce – News

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Stouffville Chamber – Advocacy News

Local Updates

The 2018 Operating and Capital Budgets are under review by Town Council. Capital Budgets are revealing certain shortfalls in Reserves that will postpone Capital works.

There is no allowance in the Budget Proposals to market Stouffville externally.

2018 is a municipal, regional and provincial election year so it is important to watch Town Council decision making, Regional Council actions and how our provincial MPP’s position themselves.

If you are interested in Public Policy and would like to serve on the Advocacy Committee, please contact: hrenaud@stouffvillechamber.ca

Town Council has voted to create an “expense policy” to better control what our Councillors charge to the public purse.

Stouffville Downtown Re-Construction phases 2 and 3 are in jeopardy of being delayed 2 years.

2018 Advocacy Agenda

The Chamber will conduct its Advocacy work through the Advocacy Committee who in turn will request input from Members from time to time to garner facts and support to develop each case. The Board of Directors will be guided by the recommendations of the Advocacy Committee. For 2018, the agenda is as follows:

  • Improve BroadBand service for Stouffville businesses and residences.
  • Promote the development of employment land in Whitchurch Stouffville for more commercial and industrial use.
  • Encourage the municipality of Stouffville and York Region to take positive action to achieve the objectives set out in the most recent Economic Development Report.
  • Support the resolution on parking for downtown Stouffville.
  • Encourage Town Council to complete Main Street Re-Construction as a priority.
  • Implore the Mayor of Whitchurch Stouffville to create a Marketing Team charged and funded with promoting Whitchurch Stouffville as a great place to establish a business.
  • Develop a HUB for Stouffville based on Medical Sciences.
  • Seek better public transit from gas tax revenues for Whitchurch Stouffville.
  • Promote the need for better energy costs savings to the Province of Ontario.
  • Broaden the discussion about Seniors and opportunities for employment.
  • Continue the debate for a delay in implementing the second increase in minimum wage to $15 by Jan 2019.