TORONTO, Dec. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - A new report from the Ontario Chamber of
Commerce (OCC) makes the case that federal policies are a barrier to
Ontario's economic growth. The OCC is calling on the federal government
to play a more productive role in improving Ontario's economic
This call is being made days before the gathering of Canada's finance
ministers in Ottawa.
The report, A Federal Agenda for Ontario, shows that federal approaches to areas such as training, immigration,
infrastructure, and economic development are hurting Ontario and its
"The federal government has done much to help Ontario during the
downturn, including supporting the HST and helping bailout the auto
sector" said Allan O'Dette, President & CEO of the OCC. "But Ontario's
economy is still recovering, and we need the federal government to
continue to seek ways to drive economic growth in the province."
The report notes that Ontarians contribute $12.3 billion more into the
federation than what they get back, and in many key areas, federal
government policy is not aligned with provincial priorities.
"This misalignment isn't the fault of any single government or party,"
notes O'Dette, "and our intention isn't to pit one government against
another. Instead, we've come up with an evidence-based case for how the
federal government can help Ontario's economy grow."
The report makes 14 recommendations on how to reform policies relating
to immigration, training, Employment Insurance, manufacturing,
infrastructure, Aboriginal education, local economic development, and
the way that the federal government distributes wealth across the
With the exception of reforms to Aboriginal education, these
recommendations do not require the federal government to spend more
"Ontario businesses are optimistic that the province will emerge from
this period of economic uncertainty stronger and more competitive than
ever," said O'Dette. "This is best achieved when we work collectively
to create the right conditions."
Download the report at http://occ.on.ca/assets/FINAL-A-Federal-Agenda-for-Ontario.pdf
About the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC): The OCC is a network of
160 local chambers of commerce and boards of trade in the Province of
Ontario, representing 60,000 businesses of all sizes, in all economic
sectors and from every area of the province. Visit us at www.occ.on.ca.
SOURCE: Ontario Chamber of Commerce
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