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E-News for Wednesday, September 11 2013

Congratulations Quinte West Chamber Nominees!

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Get Connected and New Website Launch

Ample parking beside the Curling Club.

Please click here to RSVP so we can prepare for you.

If you wish to take in some golf before - Please click here to book tee off time and power cart.


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OCC - Setting Minimum Wage in Ontario


Ontario is in a period of economic transition. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and its 60,000 members firmly believe that the policy choices made today will impact our province’s competitiveness for generations to come.

The Government of Ontario is currently consulting on how to set the minimum wage. This issue is important. There is broad consensus that the current process—or lack thereof—governing the minimum wage does not work for employers and workers.

We have consulted widely with our membership through surveys, focus groups, and one-on-one interviews. Our consultations have revealed that OCC members want a process for setting the minimum wage that is based on four principles:

Predictability: Employers want a process that provides predictability so that they can plan, grow, and invest with confidence.

Transparency: Employers need a process that is open and de-politicized.

Fairness: Employers also want a process that considers the impact on both employers and workers.

Promotes Ontario’s competitiveness: Employers are job-creators. Decisions around minimum wage should not discourage investment, job creation, and economic growth.

As such, we recommend that the minimum wage be pegged to the Consumer Price Index (inflation). Of the options considered, this approach is most consistent with all four principles outlined above.

We also urge members of the panel to consider the impacts that significant and one-off hikes in the minimum wage have on businesses and employment. For many employers—particularly those in the retail, hospitality, and leisure sectors—a decision to ‘make up for lost time’ would exacerbate the challenges they face and hinder Ontario’s economic recovery.

Read the report, Predictable, Transparent, Fair: The Business Perspective on How to Set Ontario’s Minimum Wage.  


The Media is already picking up on this story. SEE HERE


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Doors Open in Quinte West this weekend!

Drop by the chamber office to pick up a Doors Open brochure with detailed map and descriptions. Explore, Discover and Enjoy some great spots in Quinte West.


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United Way Chili Lunch

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Get Paid on Time!

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Coffee Morning with MP Rick Norlock

MP Norlock to hold Coffee Morning for Constituents

Rick Norlock, Member of Parliament for Northumberland-Quinte West will hold a Coffee Morning for Constituents this week. Coffee Morning allows individuals and groups a chance to meet directly with MP Norlock and discuss issues that affect them and to voice their opinions and concerns.

Date: Friday, September 13th

Time: 10am to noon

Location: Cobourg Office, 277 Division Street, Cobourg, ON

Stephanie Campbell
Executive Assistant
Rick Norlock, MP Northumberland-Quinte West
(905) 372-8757 / (613) 392-3382 / 1-800-461-6741
Cell: (613) 483-8181

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Quinte Regional Chamber Luncheon

To book tickets call Rosi at the Belleville Chamber at 613-962-4597 ex 1

Cost $25 pp

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Chamber Travel - China April 2014

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Chamber Travel - Dubai March 2014

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Thanks, Suzanne

Suzanne Andrews, Manager
Quinte West Chamber of Commerce