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Canadian Chamber of Commerce Budget 2018 Wins to Improve Competitiveness for Canadian Businesses

Budget 2018 contained a number of measures that reflect the policy recommendations, and the advocacy work, of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, working in partnership with our members and the Chamber network. The following are some of the Chamber-supported initiatives that made it into this year’s Budget.

Cyber Security, Intellectual Property, and Innovation:

  • Taking steps to streamline and simplify access to government innovation incentive programs.
  • $150 million to be invested toward DARPA.
  • De-risking the commercialization of innovative technology.
  • Increased support to entrepreneurs by making it easier for them to access capital.
  • Funding for a patent collective pilot project and an IP marketplace.
  • A $100 million investment toward rural access to digital networks.
  • Coordinating an approach toward cyber security.

International Trade: 

  • Amalgamation of multiple trade promotion programs under the Trade Commissioner Service to ensure a simplified offering for business.
  • Additional funding to support Canadian companies looking to tap into export opportunities within Asia.
  • Announcement of government plans to streamline the administration of the customs tariff legislation to reduce compliance costs for business.

Labour Market, Skills, and Training: 

  • Expansion of the Canada Summer Jobs program and the Youth Employment Strategy.
  • Simplification of the application process for businesses seeking partnerships and financial support through the “Innovation Canada” single window.

Entrepreneurship: 

  • Commitment to simplify support programs for entrepreneurs, all-of-government data collection for performance metrics. 

Indigenous Peoples:

  • Investment in capacity development for Indigenous peoples’ self-determination.  

Transportation and Infrastructure:

  • A commitment to fund the renewal of VIA Rail’s fleet for the Windsor-Quebec City corridor.
  • A $236.4 million investment toward CATSA for air security screening.

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Grand & Toy - Cost-saving solutions
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Papa Johns Pizza Member Offer- 25% off
Quinte Siding - 10% OFF
RBC - Save on Bank charges
St. John Ambulance - Discount on training
Friendly Fires - 10% OFF
Stirling Festival Theatre - Group Discounts available to members
Superior Propane - Save 5% on fixed price propane
Cloud Bookkeeping Services - 10% OFF
Belleville & District Shrine Club
Patenaude Martial Arts - 20% OFF Registration
Allen Insurance - Exclusive Chamber Member Rates
Esso Chamber
Group Benefit Plan for Chamber Members
Parsons Cleaners Member offer - 10% OFF
Shoppers Drug Mart - Save 20% on Thursdays
Grand & Toy - Members can save up to 85%
Belleville & District Shrine Club
Be Prepared First Aid Traning - 15% off
Allen Insurance - Exclusive Chamber Member Rates
Papa Johns Pizza Member Offer- 25% off
Grand & Toy - Members can save up to 85%
Constant Contact Chamber Member Offer
Jesan Property Maintenance - SAVE 10%
St. John Ambulance - Discount on training
Group Benefit Plan for Chamber Members
Parsons Cleaners Member offer - 10% OFF
RBC - Save on Bank charges
Esso Chamber
OSM Website design - SAVE on services.
Grand & Toy - Cost-saving solutions
Friendly Fires - 10% OFF
Body Systems Nutrition - 15% OFF purchases.
Quinte Siding - 10% OFF
NRG Alternatives - 10% Discount
Patenaude Martial Arts - 20% OFF Registration
Stirling Festival Theatre - Group Discounts available to members
Cloud Bookkeeping Services - 10% OFF
Superior Propane - Save 5% on fixed price propane
Shoppers Drug Mart - Save 20% on Thursdays
Dinkles & Paulos Restaurants - 10% OFF