What's New This Week - June 09, 2022

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June 9, 2022

What's New This Week - June 09, 2022

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2022 Ontario Provincial Election: Sarnia Lambton Results

The 2022 Ontario general election was held on June 2, 2022, and the governing Progressive Conservatives were re-elected to a majority government. The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce looks forward to working together with those acclaimed candidates to further drive our local economic, social, and environmental priorities.

Congratulations to returning MPP Bob Bailey

Additionally, to those who ran.  It is not an easy task, and the Chamber Network would like to commend all those who participated and for their commitment to advancing Sarnia Lambton's interest in the Ontario Legislature.

The Chamber’s Young Professionals Group (CYP) is a dynamic group of young businesspeople working to expand their networks and develop new skills. CYP events are geared toward fostering leadership within the young professional community through relaxed networking, educational opportunities, and mentorship events in a comfortable environment. CYP brings together a unique networking style that is relaxed and a highly effective tool to build your network and have a great time doing it. Every CYP event is a little different than the last!

Date: 21 June 2022Time: 6:00pm to 7:00pmWhere: Sarnia Lambton Chamber of CommerceRegister Today

Funding For Businesses: Talent Opportunities Program

Are you an employer hiring post-secondary students on work-integrated learning (WIL) placements, such as cooperative education and internships? If so, you may be eligible for a wage subsidy of up to $7,000 per student.

Employers hiring eligible students may receive a wage subsidy up to 50% of the wages (to a maximum of $5,000) for each ‘net new’ placement or 70% of the wages (to a maximum of $7,000) for each ‘net new’ placement for the following under-represented groups: Indigenous people, person with disabilities, newcomer to Canada, first year student, visible minority and/or women in STEM.

Employers must be a registered Canadian business or not-for-profit organization, may be located anywhere in Canada, and may operate in any industry sector. Remote work is allowed.

The application portal is now open for the Summer 2022 term (May-August 2022). New eligibility rules are now in effect and can be found below and in the TOP Program Guidelines & FAQs. Please ensure you meet the eligibility criteria prior to submitting an application.

Please note that there is a limited pool of funding to support subsidies at the 70% level for under-represented groups. Should funding be exhausted, your application is still eligible for a subsidy at the 50% level.

Apply for the Talent Opportunities Program

Canadian Digital Adoption Program is a Government Grant that will support 90,000 Small Businesses in establishing an online presence.

Through the CDAP, eligible companies will receive a micro-grant of $2,400 to help them in adopting digital technologies.

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New Federal Tourism Growth Strategy
June 07, 2022

The Government of Canada has begun to take comments and recommendations on their new Tourism Growth Strategy following the publishing of the 2022 Budget. The formal engagement period, which began on May 18, is intended to gather information about which areas of the industry Canadians believe need the most help. The engagement period is being led by the Honourable Randy Boissonnault, Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance.

The main goals of the Tourism Growth Strategy will be to improve the amount of labour available to destinations as well as provide them with the ability to develop the infrastructure necessary to facilitate the eventual increase in tourism. As an industry that has been proven to be an important economic driver in Canada, it is important that the government fully utilizes the tourism industry as a tool to continue helping the country recover after the pandemic. This includes supports for medium and small businesses that greatly benefit from increased traffic through tourism.

The formal engagement period is intended for stakeholders, business owners, and the general public to have their say in how they would like to see the growth strategy designed and implemented.

In order to provide comments, please email tourisminfo-tourismeinfo@ised-isde.gc.ca no later than 11:59 pm (ET) on July 20, 2022.

This Week's Member Spotlight is on ...

The CCFS is a Francophone center bringing together the various Francophone organizations in the region, the Francophone and Francophile community as a whole without distinction.

To do this, the organization seeks to: promote Francophone culture among young people through activities, programs and services that promote a sense of belonging, create an identity climate and a commitment to the Francophone community.

Le CCFS a pour mission de rassembler, de concerter et de représenter la communauté francophone et francophile de Sarnia dans toute sa diversité culturelle et de créer un espace francophone dynamique, inclusif et incontournable.

Pour ce faire, l'organisme veille à: * promouvoir la francophonie auprès de la communauté * offre des programmes et des services qui favorisent le sentiment d'appartenance * crée un climat identitaire et un engagement envers la communauté francophone.

Visit their webpage today to find out more!

If you missed out on the recent Chef Events with Chef Doug Wong at The Cheese Wedge, you can reserve your seat at one of two upcoming events in June!

June 17th: Surprise Menu ("No Considerations") - For anyone looking to try something new, this one is a foodie's dream!

June 24th: Raw - Don't cook, just eat! Eating raw is so much more than sushi and salad. Come and find out just how delectable raw food can be!

SEATS ARE LIMITED, so book now by calling 519 491 1199

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The Chamber is still taking part in the Rapid Antigen Test program and have test kits available for businesses.  Vist our page link below to order you test kits.

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Now's The Time To Take Advantage!

Chamber Members - make sure you are using your benefits!  Register for your Esso saving card today.  

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