Emerging Stronger is the OCC’s economic agenda for Ontario
Much has changed since the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Mowat Centre partnered to release Emerging Stronger 2012: A Transformative Agenda for Ontario
In some areas, we have made significant progress. For example, Ontario is making much needed investments in infrastructure that will translate into productivity gains.
In other areas, however, Ontario faces significant challenges. After several years of progress, Ontario’s deficit actually grew last year, and our provincial debt is approaching $300 billion. Interest payments on that debt now represent the third largest area of provincial spending after health and education.
Despite our challenges, we are confident that Ontario has all the assets it needs to secure its position
as the world’s best place to work, invest, and live. But we need to act collectively and with renewed determination.
That is the purpose of Emerging Stronger 2016
; to assess whether Ontario has truly emerged from the economic downturn, and to reflect on – and learn from – our shared successes and failures from the last five years. Most importantly, it is an opportunity to chart an economic course for the next five years.
To that end, Emerging Stronger 2016
marks a new beginning. Throughout 2016, the OCC will embark on an ambitious consultation process, called LeadON
, which will engage Ontarians to determine the shape and structure of the successor initiative to Emerging Stronger
. This new initiative will be outlined at the 2016 Ontario Economic Summit.
Thank you to all those who have helped shape the Emerging Stronger
vision over the past number of years. We hope to count on your continued support as we move our collective agenda forward.
PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER,
ONTARIO CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Our Priority Areas
1. Fostering a culture of innovation and smart risk-taking in order to become a productivity leader
2. Building a 21st century workforce
3. Restoring fiscal balance by improving the way government works
4. Taking advantage of new opportunities in the global economy
5. Identifying, championing, and strategically investing in our competitive advantages in the global economy