Priorities for the 2015 Federal Budget

In August, The Canadian Chamber of Commerce responded to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance’s invitation to participate in its pre-budget consultation process by submitting our priorities for the 2015 federal budget. If you have any questions or if you would like more information, please contact Hendrik Brakel, Senior Director, Economic, Financial and…

OCC releases Pan Am report

Last week, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce released their Pan Am report, Beyond the Finish Line: Ensuring a successful legacy for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am & Parapan American Games. Beyond the Finish Line identifies the crucial steps that governments and the private sector must take in order to ensure that the Pan Am Games leave…

OCC Provincial Budget Analysis

Spending, deficit, and debt are going up. This budget increases government spending by $3 billion, from $127 billion in 2013-14 to $130 billion in 2014-15. The deficit will grow from $11.3 billion to $12.5 billion over the same period. Meanwhile, Ontario’s overall debt will grow to $289.3 billion by end of 2014-15 and $317.2 billion…

Our resources can help us build a better Canada

Canada’s natural resource endowment is unmatched. We are the world’s largest exporter of forest products, the third largest exporter of natural gas and the fourth largest exporter of agriculture and agri-food. Our country has the world’s third largest oil reserves and is a competitive producer of metals and minerals. There’s a responsibility with this incredible…

Unlocking the Public Service Economy in Ontario

Written in collaboration with KPMG and MAXIMUS Canada, Unlocking the Public Service Economy argues that the Government of Ontario must adopt alternative service delivery (ASD) models in order to sustain the province’s public services. ASD is the process of public sector restructuring whereby governments partner with the private and/or not-for-profit sectors in the delivery of…