What's New This Week - April 7, 2022

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Robin Cooke


April 7, 2022

What's New This Week - April 7, 2022

Working with Industry to Provide Tax Relief to Ontario Workers and Ontario Families

The Ontario government intends to introduce legislation that would, if passed, temporarily cut the gas tax by 5.7 cents per litre and the fuel tax by 5.3 cents per litre for six months beginning July 1, 2022.

This proposed tax cut would be effective July 1, 2022 to provide the industry — including gas and fuel tax collectors, registered importers, wholesalers and retailers — the required time to adjust their systems and business processes. This implementation time is required because of the way gas and fuel taxes are paid to the province, which includes pre-paid taxes.

How does the pre-paid tax system work?

April 04, 2022

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce: Federal Budget Must Address Canada’s Competitiveness Problem

This week, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce released its 2022 federal budget submission, focusing on economic recovery, resilient communities, and regulation & fiscal policy.

The recommendations outlined in OCC’s budget submission were developed in consultation with businesses, associations, post-secondary institutions, and the Ontario Chamber Network.

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, will present Budget 2022 in the House of Commons on April 7, at approximately 4:00 p.m. EDT.

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Tourism & Hospitality Training Solutions - FREE

The Leadership & Resiliency Training Programs are part of the Tourism Skillsnet Ontario's (TSNO) workforce development for businesses in the tourism & hospitality sector. These programs allow the sector access to training, help build a more resilient workforce and increase employee engagement and retention.

The Leadership Excellence Series and Resiliency Training Series are currently being offered free of charge to tourism & hospitality employers.

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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

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Ontario Working for Workers by Raising the Minimum Wage

Ontario is working for workers by raising the general minimum wage to $15.50 per hour, starting October 1, 2022. This eight per cent increase over one year will help workers keep up with rising costs and inflation.

“For many Ontarians, wages haven’t kept up with the increasing cost of living, making it harder than ever to make ends meet,” said Premier Doug Ford. “Ontario’s workers are the best anywhere, and they will be at the forefront of building the province. They deserve to have more money in their pockets and the increase we’re announcing today is one more way we are delivering for our workers.”

April 05, 2022

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Ontario Expanding Fourth-Dose Eligibility

The Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, is expanding eligibility for fourth doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to individuals aged 60 and over as well as First Nation, Inuit and Métis individuals and their non-Indigenous household members aged 18 and over starting on April 7, 2022. Expanding booster eligibility will provide an extra layer of protection against the Omicron and BA.2 variants and, in addition to antivirals, are another tool the province is using to live with and manage COVID-19.

“As we continue to live with COVID-19, we are using every tool available to manage this virus and reduce its impact on our hospitals and health system, including by expanding the use of booster doses,” said Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health. “Vaccines are our best defence against COVID-19 and its variants. Because of our exceptionally high vaccination rates and Ontario’s cautious approach, we currently have one of the lowest hospitalization rates in the country and have performed well throughout this pandemic when compared to other similar sized provinces and states. I encourage everyone who’s eligible to get boosted as soon as you’re able.”

April 06, 2022

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What to do if you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

If you think you may have COVID-19 or were exposed to the virus, follow these steps to take care of yourself and protect others.

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The Path to Pandemic-Proof
April 13 - 11:00am to 3:00pm ET - Virtual

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the Minister of Health, the Hon. Jean-Yves Duclos, will join us as a keynote speaker for our Executive Summit Series focusing on what the health and life sciences ecosystem needs today. Minister Duclos will speak on moving forward past the pandemic with the important lessons we have learned and what needs to be done to improve the performance and resilience of our health system. He will also discuss the strategic priorities necessary to ensure the life sciences sector becomes a more powerful driver of economic recovery and growth.

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Are You Still Working Remotely?
The State of Remote Work in 2022

Submitted by Bruce Hein, Owner of Express Employment Professionals of Sarnia

When the pandemic first began in 2020, nobody could have predicted the extent to which it would change the way we work forever. According to job search website Ladders, “remote opportunities leapt from under 4% of all high paying jobs before the pandemic to about 9% at the end of 2020, and to more than 15% [at the end of 2021].”  

And this number is already on the rise for 2022. Data scientists from Ladders expect one fourth of all high paying jobs will be available remotely by the end of 2022.

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The Blue Coast WOW initiative has been established by the Sarnia Lambton Business Development Corporation as a way for businesses to identify gaps in their customer service levels, and provide the necessary training to ensure they are offering their customers an unforgettable experience – each and every time.

The goal of this program is to help you learn the necessary skills to achieve higher revenue through increased customer satisfaction levels, improved staff retention through an improved sense of belonging, increased business community involvement and pride in Lambton County.

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This Week's Member Spotlight is on...Sarnia Wolverine Manufacturing Limited

Established in 1989, Sarnia Wolverine Manufacturing Limited focuses on safety, quality, and workmanship as their top priorities. Their mission is to provide their clients with exceptional service and be the industry leader in providing value-added construction insight by creating successful partnerships throughout the construction life cycle.

Wolverine takes immense pride in being one of the safest mechanical contractors in the world. With consistent top of class audit scores, and pristine WSIB ratings, you can always trust that your job or project will be done to the highest of safety standards.

Wolverine complies with all applicable laws and industry codes as well as their client's safety requirements. Beyond this compliance, their number one goal is to eliminate all preventable injuries and to achieve and maintain excellence in health and safety performance by conforming to a safety program emphasizing management commitment, employee involvement, training, prevention, protection, and performance monitoring. In addition, Wolverine’s safety program is predicated on continuous improvement, driven by the invaluable input and expertise of their front-line work force. Their workers are their family.
Give them a call to see how they can be part of your project
519-336-7611 today.

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