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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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RSS Canadian Chamber Of Commerce News

  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce welcomes Senate committee recommendations to improve Canadian competitiveness
    (OTTAWA) – October 16, 2018 – The Canadian Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement today in response to the Standing Senate Committee on Banking, Trade and Commerce’s recommendations to improve Canadian business competitiveness:   “We enthusiastically welcome the Senate Committee’s timely report and its recommendations for improving Canadian competitiveness. Much of what the Committee […]
    Phil Taylor
  • Small Business Week
    There are nearly 1.3 million small businesses in Canada. We are proud to help celebrate and focus on the role they play in our economy. #iheartsmallbiz campaign for Small Business Week We will be running a #iheartsmallbiz campaign on social media to recognize some of the extraordinary small businesses that are making a big impact […]
    Alita Fabiano
  • Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Has Your Organization Gone Phishing?
    Over 70% of Canadian organizations have fallen victim to a cyber-attack in the last year. With an average cost of $15,000 per attack, businesses must prioritize protecting themselves from cyber-crime.
    Alita Fabiano

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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:

York Region

  • Improve BroadBand service for Whitchurch-Stouffville
  • Seek better Public Transit for Stouffville

Whitchurch-Stouffville

  • Promote the development of employment lands within Stouffville municipal boundaries.
  • Encourage Whitchurch-Stouffville Town Council to take positive action to achieve objectives set out in most recent Economic Development Report
  • Encourage Town to complete Main Street reconstruction as a priority without delay.
  • Develop a HUB for Stouffville based on medical sciences to create employment.

Provincial

  • Continue the debate to delay proposed further increase in minimum wage, scheduled for Jan 1, 2019, until an impact analysis is completed.