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Ontario Chamber of Commerce Announces New Signature Policy Platform, the Ontario Economic Report

NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE, ON, November 4, 2016: Today, as the 13th annual Ontario Economic Summit (OES) came to a close, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) unveiled plans to release its future economic agenda for the province. With key leaders from government and business in attendance, the OCC outlined the direction of its new Ontario Economic Report (OER), which will reflect the outcomes of the OES and will build upon the resolutions from Ontario Chamber Network’s Annual General Meeting each spring.

With the first edition of the Ontario Economic Report to be released in February 2017, the OER will be a permanent, annual, institution for the OCC, and will be made up of four pillars:

  1. Business Confidence Survey, containing self-reported economic data from Ontario’s business community and developed in partnership with Fresh Intelligence;
  2. The Economic Prosperity Index, focused on tracking and measuring economic data that indicates the Government’s ability to support business and achieve economic goals over time, developed in partnership with the Canadian Centre for Economic Analysis (CANCEA);
  3. Economic Outlooks, forecasting the year ahead, with regional data to understand Ontario as provided by Central 1 Credit Union; and
  4. Policy Programs, outlining the central advocacy efforts for the Ontario Chamber Network in the coming year in order to convene business and government to drive prosperity in the province.

This new annual report will guide OCC policy, support the broader Chamber Network and help shape government policy. It will lead conversations about business in Ontario and inform important public policy decisions for a more prosperous province.

“Ontario businesses are looking for stability and economic certainty,” said Allan O’Dette, President and CEO of the OCC. “The Ontario Economic Report will offer a detailed roadmap for how government and business can work together to achieve their shared goals. It is important that public policy address the concerns of the business community.”

The OES is the premiere conference for Ontario’s leaders in public policy, politics, and business to convene and discuss how to build and grow Ontario’s economy. Discussions at this year’s event focused on creating conditions that will establish the province as a global leader in innovation.

Learn more about the Ontario Economic Summit.


Media Contact:

Rachel Strong
Senior Communications Advisor
Ontario Chamber of Commerce
T: (416) 735-9255
E: rachelstrong@occ.ca


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