Representatives of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce will be at the upcoming Ontario Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting (April 26-29, 2018) in Hamilton with three resolutions that speak to issues of concern to local members, including improvements to broadband, advancing the bioeconomy, and protecting the viability of companies that have reduced carbon emissions in the province.
Develop a provincial long-term broadband strategy
With high-speed broadband internet now considered to be an essential telecom service by both the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) and the Government of Ontario, the province has a responsibility of ensuring that all Ontarians have equitable access to reliable, affordable and quality service in order to fully participate in the digital economy.
The broadband resolution is being supported by the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce, the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade, the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, and the Richmond Hill Board of Trade.
Advance Ontario’s Bioeconomy
Industry is on the cusp of transformation: traditional petroleum-derived chemicals and products will be increasingly substituted or blended with more sustainable resources derived from biomass. Ontario can leverage its strengths in advanced manufacturing and resource development to lead the way on provincial and national bioeconomy strategies. A comprehensive bioeconomy framework will create new businesses, high-quality long-term jobs and stable growth while reducing carbon emissions.
The bioeconomy resolution is being supported by the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, the South Grenville Chamber of Commerce, and the Brockville Chamber of Commerce.
Protect the viability of companies that have reduced carbon emissions in Ontario
Ontario’s Cap and Trade system effectively penalizes companies that are early adopters of technologies that reduce, recycle and capture carbon emissions. By recognizing and rewarding these efforts, there would be a greater incentive for companies to invest in new technologies as available that reduce carbon emissions on a continual basis. In addition, gaps in programming under the Climate Change Mitigation and Low-carbon Economy Act, 2016 and the Climate Change Action Plan similarly punish early adopters and encourage a “wait-and-see” approach to investments aimed at reducing GHGs. Companies need an assurance that funds invested in Ontario’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Account will ultimately provide benefit in the form of accessible programming, regardless of the compliance period in which the funds were invested.
The carbon emissions resolution is being supported by the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber, the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, the Newmarket Chamber of Commerce, and the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.