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26.01.2016 11:19    Comments: 0    Categories: Chamber News      Tags: news  

Letter to Ontarians


Much has changed since the Ontario Chamber ofCommerce (OCC) and the Mowat Centre partneredto release Emerging Stronger 2012: A TransformativeAgenda for Ontario.

In some areas, we have made significant progress.For example, Ontario is making much neededinvestments in infrastructure that will translate intoproductivity gains.

In other areas, however, Ontario faces significantchallenges. Ontario’s debt is approaching $300billion. Interest payments on that debt now representthe third largest area of provincial spending afterhealth and education.

Despite our challenges, we are confident that Ontariohas all the assets it needs to secure its positionas the world’s best place to work, invest, and live.But we need to act collectively and with reneweddetermination.

That is the purpose of Emerging Stronger 2016; toassess whether Ontario has truly emerged from theeconomic downturn, and to reflect on – and learnfrom – our shared successes and failures from thelast five years. Most importantly, it is an opportunityto chart an economic course for the next five years.

To that end, Emerging Stronger 2016 marks a newbeginning. Throughout 2016, the OCC will embarkon an ambitious consultation process, calledLeadON, which will engage Ontarians to determinethe shape and structure of the successor initiativeto Emerging Stronger. This new initiative will beoutlined at the 2016 Ontario Economic Summit.

Thank you to all those who have helped shape theEmerging Stronger vision over the past number ofyears. We hope to count on your continued supportas we move our collective agenda forward.

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