Tag: MPP Kevin Flynn

Minimum Wage Increase & Proposed Labour Reform: Advocacy and Policy Update

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce shares the desire for broadly inclusive growth, where everyone has the opportunity to obtain a living wage. However, in order to achieve this, we need to ensure that we are not risking job losses, rising consumer costs, and economic hardship as a result of over-regulation.

Thank you to all of our members who have shared their comments regarding the proposed new labour reforms including the minimum wage increase to $15.00 in the next 18 months. We have heard you and we will continue to focus our advocacy efforts on your behalf.

In the past few weeks, the Oakville Chamber has met with the Minister of Labour, our local MPP Kevin Flynn, to share our members’ thoughts on the unintended consequences of the proposed changes. Namely, job losses due to rising costs, the inability to remain competitive, the possibility of shutting down local employers and increased costs to consumers. We are working with our local Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) and combining our efforts to communicate our concerns related to the reforms and in particular, the pace at which these changes are scheduled to occur.

To that end, the Oakville Chamber is working with the Keep Ontario Working (KOW) group, a coalition of Ontario’s leading industry and sector associations as well as major employers. KOW brings together divergent voices to strengthen our collective advocacy. Our goal will be to address elements of the legislation where we think there is still room for negotiation, while bringing evidence to the table to support the notion of a broader package of offsets to help the business community transition into these new changes. The KOW website has been updated with new content and calls to action. You can visit it at www.KeepOntarioWorking.ca

We encourage you to submit a letter to our local MPP’s through the Coalition’s website (to submit a letter, click here). Please take the time to share your stories with Minister Kevin Flynn and continue to send us your emails. Your voice matters.


Read the January/February Issue!

The latest Business Advocate Magazine issue features Lunch with Premier Wynne, The Changing Workplace In Ontario Breakfast with Oakville MPP Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour and the RBC Economic Outlook Breakfast. Read the member profiles on next generation small business owners Barrington’s and Hynek Financial Group. Read it online here! 


Members in the News: November/December 2016

Congratulations to Hynek Financial Group on winning the top award for Growth for 2014-2016 at the Chambers of Commerce Insurance Plan® annual national conference!

FirstOntario Credit Union was named Business Partner of the Year at Halton Food for Thought’s partner recognition event. Congratulations!  

The YMCA of Oakville received two grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) for its Priority Neighbourhoods Project. MPP Kevin Flynn, MPP Indira Naidoo-Harris and OTF volunteer Mark Emmanuel met YMCA of Oakville officials at St. John Elementary School to see the new program in action.

Congratulations JAE Associates Ltd. on winning a Promotional Products Association International 2017 Pyramid Award!

Apple Self Storage and Apple Suites celebrated the Grand Opening of their new Oakville site!

The 3rd Annual Parkinson Superwalk had 75 walk participants in Oakville. Thanks to their participants and supporters across the country they have raised more than $2.7 million since 2015!

Re/Max Aboutowne held their 3rd annual Charity Golf Tournament, which raised funds for Food4Kids!

Congratulations to the Alzheimer Society of Brant, Haldimand Norfolk, Hamilton Halton on receiving their four-year accreditation by the Canadian Centre for Accreditation!

Halton Women’s Place hosted the 7th Annual Hope in High Heels fundraiser, where more than 100 men put on pink high heel shoes and walked from Centennial Square down Lakeshore to raise awareness about women’s abuse and violence.

Congratulations to John Chisholm, CEO and Partner at SB Partners, on the prestigious honour of being formally recognized as a Fellow to CPA Ontario!

Congratulations Bronte Natural Health Clinic on celebrating 25 years of serving the Oakville community with the highest quality of naturopathic medicine, health testing and professional quality supplements!