Vaughan’s business leaders urge immediate action to strengthen business competitiveness

VAUGHAN, ON OCTOBER 25, 2018– Yesterday, the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce convened a roundtable with the Minister of Finance Victor Fedeli and Vaughan MPP Stephen Lecce to discuss broader reforms to drive growth in the economy and increase businesses competitiveness across Ontario.

The event was attended by prominent business leaders in Vaughan who have indicated that industry is struggling to compete under increased costs and regulations with business competiveness a primary concern for businesses.

“Businesses are experiencing the consequences of red tape and increased regulatory burden, which has dramatically increased over previous years and has significantly impacted industries ability to invest and grow,” said Brian Shifman, President & CEO of the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce. “We appreciate that our local MPPs and the new government are consulting business owners to create and implement policies that make it easier to invest, start, and grow a business in the province, as well as build an economy that connects workers to jobs.”

During the course of the discussion, business owners expressed strong support for the Government’s actions on the repeal of Bill 148 through the recently introduced Bill 47 legislation. The Vaughan Chamber has been an active voice on the issues surrounding Bill 148 and the Ontario Chamber Network has always maintained that the labour reforms established by the previous government were too much, too fast. The provincial government’s announcement of the repeal of Bill 148 is welcome news for the Vaughan business community.

“Our new Government is working around the clock to create better jobs, to make life affordable, and to unleash the economic potential of our workers and small businesses in Vaughan and across Ontairo,” said MPP Lecce. “I am grateful to the Vaughan Chamber of Commerce for partnering with us as we consult with job creators directly on how our plan to reduce hydro rates, taxes, red tape will strengthen our local economy and make life affordable for families.”

The Vaughan Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to working collaboratively with the provincial government to strengthen business competitiveness and economic prosperity throughout the city of Vaughan and in communities across Ontario.


For more information please contact:

Abdus Samad
Vaughan Chamber of Commerce
Manager of Government Relations and Policy
T: 905-761-1366 ext: 102

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