What's New this Week - May 02, 2024

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Robin Cooke


May 2, 2024

What's New This Week - May 02, 2024

Ontario Exploring Options to Reduce Electricity Rates for Public EV Chargers

New electricity rate would help get chargers built in more communities across the province

May 01, 2024

Ontario’s Minister of Energy, Todd Smith, has asked the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) to explore options for an Electric Vehicle Charger Discount Electricity Rate as the province continues to support the adoption of electric vehicles (EV). A new rate would reduce the cost of electricity for public EV chargers in areas where demand for the service is only beginning to emerge, making charging infrastructure more economical in more communities and giving Ontario drivers the confidence they need to transition to electric vehicles.

“With more than 150,000 electric vehicles already on the roads in Ontario, we’re continuing to look at new ways to increase the number of public chargers – including reducing electricity rates for chargers in areas where electric vehicle usage is just beginning to emerge,” said Minister Smith. “This is another step we are taking to give drivers in every part of our province, including rural Ontario, the confidence to transition to electric vehicles, and take advantage of our growing, world-class clean grid.”

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Ontario Making It Easier to Enter Skilled Trades

New measures would make it easier for youth to get on a fast-track to well-paying careers

May 01, 2024

The Ontario government is introducing new policy and legislative measures to attract more young people to the skilled trades, including adding a new apprenticeship pathway and an online job matching platform. These initiatives are designed to promote the skilled trades to youth and workers and help set them on a path to rewarding, well-paying careers as electricians, plumbers, carpenters and other skilled trades.

“We’re helping to tackle the labour shortage by allowing motivated, entrepreneurial students to get on a fast-track to a career in the skilled trades,” said David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “To get there, we’re opening pathways into the skilled trades today for the workers of tomorrow by making it easier for Ontarians to find apprenticeship opportunities through a new online job-matching portal, and reducing barriers for more workers to get a second chance at a better job with a bigger paycheque.”

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Discover the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s support and impact across the province through its programs, advocacy and evidence-based policy work in our 2023-2024.  

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Join us this month at the Bluewater Tap & Grill, situated in the Sunbridge Hotel and Conference Centre (Four Points), for a celebration honoring our generous sponsor, McFarlan Rowlands Insurance Brokers! Connect with peers, exchange ideas, and gain support across diverse industries. Keep an eye out for future events and opportunities to engage with fellow young professionals as we continue to grow together!

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We had an amazing event last week hosted by the Business Task Force partners; the City of Sarnia, Sarnia Lambton Workforce Development Board, Tourism Sarnia Lambton, Sarnia Lambton Economic Partnership, Sarnia Lambton Business Development Corp, and the Chamber at the Dante Club.   A BIG thank you to Li and the TMRRW Inc team for presenting this AI masterclass!  The take aways were amazing!

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This month, Lambton College will be our gracious hosts, and we're excited to announce Treat Yourself Well Centre and Radio First as our exclusive vendors. They'll be on hand to address any inquiries, aiding in your personal and professional growth journey. Bring your networking prowess and join us for an evening of meaningful connections at our Business After Five!

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