What's New This Week - April 14, 2022

Written by 

Robin Cooke


April 14, 2022

What's New This Week - April 14, 2022

Ontario Chamber of Commerce Perspective on Federal Budget

Last week, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Chrystia Freeland, presented the 2022 federal budget in the House of Commons with recommendations that fall under four pillars: Housing, Climate, Jobs and Growth, and Affordability.

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has taken the time to review the budget's contents and provide a detailed summary with highlights from the perspective of Ontario’s business community.

Read the OCC's Analysis Here

Join us Wednesday, April 20 for our Business After Five Sponsored by Pop-A-Lock!  

This month's Business After Five will be held at the Chamber of Commerce Office, 556 Christina St., N. from 5pm to 7pm.  A wine and cheese theme with The Cheese Wedge catering! Door prizes and great networking.
Please register on the Chamber's website below.  Chamber Members free, non-chamber members $10.00.  Please contact info@slchamber.ca with any questions and we hope to see you there!

Register Today!

Ontario is Making it Easier to Start a Business

The Ontario government is making it easier to start and grow a business with the launch of the new Ontario.ca/business website. The website is one of the initiatives being implemented as part of the Fewer Fees, Better Services Act, which received Royal Assent on March 3, 2022, and builds on successive efforts to cut red tape and reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens for businesses.

This new resource is the first step towards creating a single window for business that will reduce administrative burdens and make it easier for Ontario business owners and entrepreneurs to access the information and services they need to get up-and-running, create jobs, and grow their business.

Over time, the website will develop into an intuitive, predictable and transparent source of information needed for new and growing businesses, with new tools added to meet the needs of entrepreneurs and business owners. This will take the confusion out of completing necessary paperwork and permits, including some that will be backed with a service guarantee.

Read More Here

All-Candidates Luncheon and Q&A
Tuesday, May 10, 2022

The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce and the Seaway Kiwanis Club would like to extend an invitation to the All-Candidates Luncheon and Q & A Session Tuesday, May 10, 2022, between 12:00 – 2:00pm at the Sarnia Golf and Curling Club

The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce is politically nonpartisan. We believe we must have an effective working relationship with any individual that holds elected office. The Chamber and our partners represent a broad range of opinions and attitudes, and we welcome that diversity. Our objective for this election is to enable our members and the business community to make an informed decision when they vote on election day.

We will solicit questions from members and non-members of the Chamber through surveys and provide the candidates with the questions prior to the event.  Below is a survey where you can ask your questions to the candidates.  Deadlines for registration and question submission is May 1, 2022.

The format of the event will be as follows: • Lunch• The speaking order will be determined randomly by draw.• Each candidate will be given 3 minutes to make opening remarks.• Questions and answers.• Each candidate will be given three minutes at the end to make concluding remarks.• Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with the candidates informally.

Registration for the event can be done on the Chamber of Commerce website: https://members.slchamber.ca/events. Chamber members $20.00 and non-chamber members $25.00.

For further information, please contact: Robin Cooke, Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce E-mail: info@slchamber.caAsk The Candidates Your Questions Here!

The Bowman Centre for Sustainable Energy invites “expressions of interest” to work with us on a hydrogen production, storage, and marketing operation in Sarnia-Lambton.  Our business case is for a low technology risk system with less-than 10-year payback.  Our success is not dependent on government policies.  To review our business case please contact Marshall Kern at mkern@bowmancentre.com

Read More About The Bowman Centre For Sustainable Energy

Ontario Expanding Access to COVID-19 Antivirals

Province also increasing public access to PCR testing to more high-risk individuals

As part of its plan to stay open and manage COVID-19 for the long-term, the Ontario government is expanding eligibility for COVID-19 antiviral treatments and PCR testing to more high-risk individuals. Doing so will offer increased protection to the most vulnerable and ensure hospital capacity remains stable.

“I am pleased that we will be able to offer more accessible antiviral treatment options to more people across Ontario,” said Dr. Kieran Moore, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. “I ask everyone across Ontario to continue doing their part to keep their communities and loved ones safe by staying up to date on vaccinations and wearing masks.”

April 11, 2022

Read More Here

Ontario Advances Work on New Ultra-Low Overnight Electricity Rate

The Ontario government is advancing work to deliver a new optional ultra-low overnight Time-of-Use (TOU) electricity price plan, as part of its plan to provide consumers with more ways to keep costs down, save money, and take control of their energy bills. According to a report released today by Ontario’s independent energy regulator, the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), the new rate could save customers who switch up to $90 per year. At the same time the new rate will support electric vehicle (EV) adoption and the province’s growing EV manufacturing industry by decreasing overnight charging costs when province-wide electricity demand is lower.

“Our government has put families back in control of their energy bills and we will continue this work by delivering a third electricity price plan for customers across Ontario” said Todd Smith, Minister of Energy. “Introducing the ultra-low overnight electricity rate will help our efforts to make life more affordable for Ontario families by keeping costs down and saving them up to $90 per year while reducing EV charging costs and supporting the historic investments in our province’s rapidly expanding EV manufacturing sector.”

April 12, 2022

Read More Here

In celebration of Earth Day and all that we have to protect on this planet, consider balancing the relationship between innovation and the living world as a top priority for your venture.

Is it possible to utilize business as a catalyzing force behind change for the greater good? Can financial and ecological success be tied? Can you develop, innovate and market your goods, while offsetting your carbon footprint?

Discover the answers on April 22 at Innovation for a Green Economy | A Masterclass. Let Kaitlin Creighton, Green Economy London Coordinator, guide you through sustainability baseline settings, targets, life cycle analysis, and carbon intensity. Hear the inspiring stories of local companies who are knocking it out of the park and expand your knowledge on how to scale your venture to build environmentally sustainable innovations from the ground up.

Register Here

Give Your Business a Digital Edge

The Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) can help get your business online, give your e-commerce presence a boost or help digitalize your business's operations. The program offers two grants:

The Grow your Business Online grant helps small businesses take advantage of e-commerce opportunities.

  • You can access a network of e-commerce advisors for advice and support
  • You can get up to $2,400 to buy new e-commerce tools

The Boost Your Business Technology grant helps small and medium-sized businesses adopt new digital technologies.

  • Use a free digital assessment tool to evaluate your own digital readiness
  • Get up $15,000 to consult a digital expert and develop a digital adoption plan for your business
  • Get up to $100,000 in interest-free loans from BDC to implement your digital
  • adoption plan
  • Leverage a subsidized work placement to bring on a recent graduate or student to help with your digital transformation.

Learn More and Apply Online

This Week's Member Spotlight is on...

The Cheese Wedge!

For nearly 9 years, the store has become a place for people to take their taste buds on a trip all over the world by offering close to 200 options of different local and international cheeses, meats, and gourmet products.

This hidden gem of a cheese shop is located in the village of Point Edward, just outside of Sarnia, serving those who are in Lambton County and surrounding areas.

The team at The Cheese Wedge strive everyday to provide excellent customer service for every person that stops to visit, and they continue to enhance each experience.  Their employees look forward to sharing their passion for cheese with you making your experience one to remember.

When J and Kirby are not busy running The Cheese Wedge and other businesses, they are active in fundraisers, auctions, and charitable events that support local organizations in the community. They make it a priority to support other Canadian suppliers of fine goods.

Visit their website and keep an eye out for the awesome chef events.  Stop by soon today to experience all The Cheese Wedge has to offer!

Visit Their Website Here

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