Picture: Minister Bill Morneau meets with Brampton businesses
Despite the warm weather, the Board of Trade has been working hard on various advocacy initiatives. Here is a summary of all of the projects staff and volunteers have been working on this month.
Cultivating conversation between business and government
The Board of Trade hosted an Economic Growth Roundtable with Minister of Finance Bill Morneau and some of Brampton’s largest employers. Businesses had the opportunity to discuss key issues affecting their growth and viability.
Businesses were able to share challenges with the Minister on dealing with the cumulative regulatory burden that continues to grow. The consultation with Minister Morneau was centred around a handful of key topics — transit and transportation, competitiveness, innovation and talent and trade.
Addressing Challenges in Recruiting Qualified Talent
In late June the Board of Trade held a roundtable of some of Brampton’s key employers to discuss the challenges businesses are facing in recruiting talent. Businesses expressed the need to properly equip recent grads with tangible skills they can apply in the workplace. The Brampton Board of Trade also released a report in partnership with Ontario Chamber of Commerce on addressing the skills mismatch in Ontario.
Since the consultation with businesses and the release of the report, BBOT has been working to connect businesses with post-secondary institutions in the area to have meaningful conversations about how to bridge the gap between what businesses need and educational institutions are equipping students with.
Challenging Ontario’s Impending Workplace Reform
The Brampton Board of Trade has been working with its advocacy network across the province to challenge Bill 148, which is calling for a $15 minimum wage increase by January 1, 2019, and a host of other workplace reforms. BBOT has sent a letter to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs regarding the bill expressing the challenges businesses will face when the legislation is implemented.
Building Ontario’s Supercluster
The Board of Trade has sent a letter to John Knubley, Deputy Minister, Innovation, Science and Economic Development in support of building an advanced manufacturing supercluster from Kitchener-Waterloo, through Brampton, and to Toronto.
The supercluster is an industry-led initiative to bring millions of dollars in federal money, investment and growth to the corridor.
Read the full letter here.