Small Business Week 2019

Small Business Week 2019

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Small Business Week runs from October 20th – 26th

Small Business Week is an annual celebration of Canadian entrepreneurship. Events held during the week bring entrepreneurs together for workshops, networking, and tradeshows across the country.

Small Business Week is about celebrating the amazing things being done in our own neighbourhood. We are hosting a variety of events available to members and non-members. You do not need to be a small business owner or employee to attend!

As a tireless advocate for local businesses, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them in celebrating small businesses and the incredible contributions they make to our community!

Why celebrate Small Business Week?

According to the Government of Canada, small businesses account for 97.7% of all businesses.

That’s a lot of businesses to celebrate! Help us recognize the people behind our businesses in Burlington and the hard work they put in all year round.

Feature Event: Small Business Week Bootcamp – OCT 18


Networking Seminar with Shelley McQuade


Business After 5 Joint Small Business Tradeshow – OCT 22


Business Before 9 – Business Development Bank and Vikings Landing – OCT 23


Federal Election 2019

Federal Election 2019

Election Day is October 21, 2019

The Candidates

Burlington Riding

Oakville North-Burlington Riding

Economic and Business Debates

Register here.

The Two Ridings of Burlington

Party Platforms

Business Platform

Election Day is October 21, 2019.

Vote Prosperity reflects the priorities and concerns of job creators in communities across Canada. Developed in partnership with Canada’s provincial and territorial chambers of commerce, Vote Prosperity lays out our seven priorities, along with a series of specific measures to attract investment to Canada, and help businesses create jobs, grow and strengthen our communities.

Within the seven priority areas there are a total of 18 recommendations on how to achieve prosperity and bolster Canada’s long-term economic future and competitiveness.

Seven Priorities and Recommendations

1. Taxation

A tax system that is fair, efficient and modern.

  • Appointing a royal commission to conduct a comprehensive review of the Canadian tax system guided by the principles of tax competitiveness, simplicity and fairness.
  • Adjusting the tax mix to better promote business investment, including offshore investment and economic growth.
  • Presenting a concrete plan, with timelines, to return the federal books to balance.

2. Regulation

A regulatory system that works for everyone…including business.

  • Giving regulators economic growth and competitiveness mandates.
  • Implementing a 2-for-1 rule to require the elimination of two regulations for every new one introduced over the next five years.
  • Creating a Minister of Regulatory Efficiency responsible for regulatory oversight at the Treasury Board to lead an ambitious federal regulatory reform agenda.
  • Providing compensation to major project proponents and Indigenous communities that lose economic opportunities when projects cannot proceed because the Crown or its agencies fail to discharge their legal responsibilities.
  • Allowing First Nations to extricate themselves from aspects of the Indian Act via a Band Council resolution and the support of a clear majority of band member.

3. Trade

Access to new markets around the world and the elimination of trade barriers at home.

  • Completing negotiations with Mercosur and Pacific Alliance in the Latin American region.
  • Accelerating the process for additional countries to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
  • Launching negotiations with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
  • Tackling foreign industrial subsidies so Canadian companies can compete on a level playing field at home and abroad. Protecting and expanding trade opportunities with the United Kingdom after its departure from the European Union.
  • Enhancing labour mobility and increasing the scope of mutual recognition of professional qualifications at home and abroad.
  • Promoting trade facilitation measures to ease the movement of goods across the border.
  • Developing a Canadian position in support of cross-border data flows in bilateral and multilateral trade agreements.
  • Tackling non-tariff barriers, particularly in the agriculture sector.
  • Developing concrete plans with clear timelines for creating the necessary infrastructure to get Canadian energy products to global markets.
  • Working with the provincial and territorial governments on the mutual recognition of regulations, rules and policies to allow for the free movement of labour, goods and services in Canada
  • Conducting a full review of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) to ensure it:
    • Covers all sectors of the economy and includes all government entities, including ministries, Crown corporations and regional and local governments
    • ​Institutes a dispute resolution mechanism that includes binding and enforceable powers.
    • Includes a specific focus on the removal of barriers to interprovincial trade in wine, beer and spirits.
    • ​​Includes the elimination of non-tariff regulatory trade barriers through mutual recognition.

4. Small Business

Resources to help small and medium companies grow and succeed.

  • Providing sector-by-sector analyses of free trade agreements (rather than agreement-by-agreement) and communicating them widely.
  • Providing high-potential SMEs with access to experts to help them navigate the relevant markets.
  • Ensuring federal programs and interactions with business align with and respect small business realities.
  • Conducting an independent service delivery audit of the Canada Revenue Agency, targeted at identifying and eliminating the compliance, audit and communication problems small businesses face in dealing with the agency. 

5. Connected Canada

Innovation and infrastructure to make Canada the most connected country in the world.

  • Embracing a more nimble, flexible and evidence-based approach to regulating new technologies in the digital age.
  • Recognizing the need to promote and strengthen Canada’s ability to capitalize on intangibles, like intellectual property.
  • Working with businesses to create an environment that is attractive to investors and innovators both from abroad and at home.
  • Improving access to high-speed networks in underserved communities.
  • Prioritizing the auction of the 3,500-megahertz spectrum so Canadians can take advantage of 5G networks.
  • Accelerating the pace of mmWave spectrum allocation so businesses can use the power of the internet of things (IoT) for logistics and other industrial purposes.
  • ​Enhancing the digitalization of government, including more user-focused services that reduce administrative burdens on business.
  • Closing the gap between infrastructure demand and investment in Canada by maintaining current levels of federal infrastructure funding and making economic growth and productivity, not politics, the criteria for project selection.
  • ​Allocating a greater share of funding in federal infrastructure plans towards trade-enabling infrastructure projects throughout Canada.

6. Skills

A workforce with the skills, education and training to prosper.

  • Working with business to ensure government re-training programs meet the demand for skills required for the economies of today and tomorrow.
  • Working with business and other levels of government to ensure primary and secondary education includes the skills necessary for our evolving economy, including the soft and hard skills required to thrive in a world of increased automation and globalization.
  • Supporting private sector upskilling/re-skilling initiatives.
  • Expanding work-integrated learning (WIL) opportunities by:
    • Broadening the definition of WIL to include a wide range of experiences across fields, regions and participants.
    • ​Providing more accessible funding supports, such as refundable tax credits, employment insurance premium reductions and more flexible grant programs, to SMEs and organizations that have not previously offered work placements
  • Replicating the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project outside of major urban centres across the country.
  • Ensuring the Indigenous workforce has the skills required to meet local labour shortages.

7. Pharmacare

A healthier pharmacare system for healthier Canadians.

  • Building on the strengths of the existing system without reducing or replacing the coverage already enjoyed by most Canadians.
  • Consulting with private sector stakeholders (including benefits providers, pharmaceutical companies and health care practitioners) when designing and implementing a national program to prevent unintended consequences, such as loss of access to medicines.
  • Ensuring the costs of any new program are not passed on to businesses/employers.
  • Ensuring any new program addresses coverage for rare diseases and other high-cost medications.
  • Fostering an investment and regulatory environment that encourages clinical trials in Canada by applying our competitive advantages in artificial intelligence and big data to health innovation.
  • Ensuring our businesses have continued access to health data to improve health outcomes as well as government funding that goes beyond early science for both medications and devices.

Learn more about the Prosperity Platform


Red Carpet Task Force

Red Carpet Task Force

Burlington Mayor Marianne Meed Ward announced a new initiative being launched from the Mayor’s Office in partnership with Councillor Kelvin Galbraith: the Red Tape Red Carpet Task Force.

The initiative’s goal: identify and eliminate barriers to growth and new business attraction in Burlington so that new and existing businesses can locate here, expand and thrive. Read the platform here.

New Staff Welcome

New Staff Welcome

The Burlington Chamber of Commerce welcomes Lindsay Stevenson as their new Strategic Communications Coordinator. With a background in Global Studies, and post-graduate certificate in International Development, Lindsay is pleased to continue raise awareness for community development opportunities through the Chamber while bringing life to business. She recently served as a Marketing and Communications Intern for the Terry Fox Foundation-Burlington, where she used her educational background and passion for community development to raise awareness for cancer research. She is pleased to continue to be involved within the community, connecting leaders and raising awareness for local initiatives in her new role.

Addressing Regional Imbalances Critical to Ontario’s Future

Addressing Regional Imbalances Critical to Ontario’s Future

On September 12, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released a new report, The Great Mosaic: Reviving Ontario’s Regional Economies. The report outlines how government of all levels can work with industry to unleash the potential of Ontario’s regional economies and reinforce the competitiveness of the province as a whole.

“We are only as strong as our weakest link and our ability to prosper depends on the strength of our different regions. Economic and population growth rates in the Greater Golden Horseshoe and Ottawa have far surpassed those in other areas of the province,” said Rocco Rossi, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “Our communities – and the province as a whole – risk falling behind if we do not leverage the rich and diverse competitive advantages of our local economies.”

The Great Mosaic: Reviving Ontario’s Regional Economies examines the opportunities and challenges faced by different communities across the province and offers a framework for thinking about the present and future of Ontario’s regional economies.

“We urge policymakers to take a modern and comprehensive approach to economic development by leveraging the existing competitiveness advantages of Ontario’s regions, and implement deliberate strategies to support long-term growth in communities across the province,” added Rossi.

The OCC’s report makes 17 recommendations to strengthen the well-being of Ontario’s regions. Key takeaways include:

  • The most cost-effective way to drive economic development is to cultivate talent, trade, and infrastructure. Governments should make it a priority to upgrade transportation and energy networks, modernize their regulations and business supports, offer dynamic education and training opportunities, and encourage labour mobility.
  • Building regional capacity for innovation is fundamental to productivity and growth. This means improving commercialization and technology adoption, strengthening regional innovation centres, expanding broadband internet access, and facilitating cluster development.
  • Modern governance of economic development should empower a wide range of stakeholders including businesses, post-secondary institutions, and not-for-profit organizations outside government. Regional collaboration, economic reconciliation with Indigenous peoples, and the use of data are all critical to mobilizing local assets.

“In the face of technological transformation and globalization, there is no question that Ontario has what it takes to succeed. We are optimistic that the province can successfully navigate the modern economy if we work together to unlock the economic potential of our communities,” says Burlington Chamber President & CEO Carla Y. Nell.

Read the OCC’s report, The Great Mosaic: Reviving Ontario’s Regional Economies here.

Read the OCC’s full list of recommendations here.

Supporting Economic Growth in Ontario

Supporting Economic Growth in Ontario

Each year the Ontario Economic Report (OER) presents the collective voice of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCC) membership through the Business Confidence Survey, the Business Prosperity Index and the Economic Outlook. The report provides a snapshot of the past year and a look at the year ahead.

This year, the OER focuses on building economic opportunity for Ontario and is aimed at shaping and informing future public policy. In 2019, the OCC will be engaging its members, government and other leaders to explore the issues outlined in the OER and develop the necessary solutions to drive forward a stronger Ontario.

Read the report.