AN EMPLOYER PERSPECTIVE ON WSIB REFORM
Creating a leading-edge workforce requires an effective, solvent, and efficiently managed workers’ compensation system. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has long argued that Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) framework is in need of repair.
According to a new OCC survey of over 2,000 Ontario businesses, only 36 percent believe that the WSIB provides value for Ontarians.
This report, Are We There Yet? An Employer Perspective on WSIB Reform, chronicles recent progress in the reform of the WSIB. It is based on extensive consultations with many of our members under the umbrella of our WSIB Task Force.
While we acknowledge that significant progress has been achieved throughout the last year, our bottom line is that there is still considerable work to do.
Read the report to learn more.
The St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to announce that we have been awarded “ACCREDITATION WITH DISTINCTION” by the Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada.
This honour and recognition is the result of extensive work by the Chamber’s staff and volunteers over the last two years. In the global Chamber network, the Accreditation designation is equal to ISO certification in the business/industrial world. It certifies that our standards of operation, methods and activities at all levels meet or exceed standards of performance and excellence agreed across the entire Chamber network. Specifically, our operations were audited and evaluated in five key areas: Policy & Advocacy; Membership Programs/Services; Organization Administration; Governance; and Strategic Planning.
Chamber President & CEO Bob Hammersley says receiving the Accreditation with Distinction certification is a proud honour. “I am very, very proud of our entire team for the effort and energy that has made this possible. Our community has allowed us to build a local Chamber that is seen by others as a leader. The Accreditation seal confirms that our standards and practices are world class.”
The Chamber’s Accreditation is valid to 2015, at which time the Chamber can re-apply and, subject to a satisfactory audit, be extended for 3 years.
A REPORT TO THE ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TRADES
Since its inception, the Ontario College of Trades has faced harsh criticism from many industry professionals who are concerned about the fees and compulsory membership structure. There are also concerns that the College’s regulatory functions are negatively impacting small- and medium-sized enterprises.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has released a report, Caution: Work Ahead, that makes six recommendations to make the College more responsive to the needs of employers and the economy.
WHAT ONTARIO BUSINESS THINKS 2013
HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE OCC’S QUARTERLY POLICY SURVEYS
Chamber Members here and across Ontario have been instrumental in helping us launch and deliver our Quarterly Policy Surveys via the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC). THANKS!
The response to these surveys has been overwhelming: we have generated nearly 7,000 responses (average of 1,700 responses per survey), meaning that our quarterly survey is now one of the most significant measurements of business opinion in the province (maybe in the country). You have helped us generate significant media attention for the Chamber Network and make a difference to better the businesses and people across the membership we serve.
Through the surveys, our Members have provided the information and the fact base behind nearly every OCC initiative over the past year, including Emerging Stronger 2013, our pre-budget submission, and many other publications.
We are pleased to present highlights from our 2012-13 Quarterly Policy Surveys in our latest release, What Ontario Business Thinks 2013.
We hope you find it useful. Download the report.
Watch for the release of our next major research and position paper, Emerging Stronger 2014.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce reports on issues and options as local employers and employers across every part of Canada face the huge challenge of dealing with a workforce that doesn’t have the skills to be productive and competitive.
It’s called “Upskilling The Workforce”. To view a full copy of the report or download it from the national Chamber website, just click here.
A comprehensive solution to this issue will require a comprehensive response that involves government, the education system and employers, at minimum. Our new report focuses on the role of employers in training existing talent and deals with the criticism that employers often do not invest enough in the skills and development of their employees.
We hope our Members will consider this report as a step toward understanding and leveraging the role of business to work with individuals, educators and governments to achieve better skills and better outcomes in our local, provincial and national economy.
We are pleased to introduce these businesses as our newest Members. Follow the link to find out more about their people, products. Click here to visit our New Members page, updated to November 15, 2013.
A year in the making, Emerging Stronger 2013 is a transformational agenda aimed at accelerating Ontario’s economic growth. It identifies Ontario’s challenges and advantages, and sets out practical and detailed recommendations for government and business. The St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to join with our colleagues across the entire provincial Chamber network to share the report as part of our continuing work to meet the needs of our Members in addressing the issues and concerns that will shape our future.
It provides a non-partisan platform that will appeal to all three parties in the Ontario Legislature.
In the lead up to the release of the agenda, the OCC and Leger Marketing conducted a survey of nearly 2,400 Ontario businesses. The Ontario Business Confidence Index shows that most Ontario businesses are confident in their own outlook and are planning to expand over the next five years. However, the same businesses are unsure about the overall direction of Ontario’s economy.
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce works to impact progressive legislation for business and economics in Ontario. Click here to visit their website and find out more about their policy initiatives.
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