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5 Minutes for Business: The Explosive Debate around Minimum Wage

20-07-2017

Big increases to minimum wage are becoming fashionable in Canada: first Alberta (from $12.20 currently to $15 in October 2018), then B.C. (from $10.35 to $11.35 in September 2017) and now Ontario (from $11.40 to $15.00 in January 2019, a 30% hike in 18 months). Are workers better off or does it mean fewer jobs? In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, Hendrik Brakel, our Senior Director, Economic, Financial and Tax Policy

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10,000 years stuck in traffic: Infrastructure gaps block Canadian productivity, new Chamber report finds

Ottawa, July 19, 2017 — Lack of proper transportation infrastructure is a major barrier to Canada’s access to market and to its competitiveness, leading to lost opportunities and wasted time for both Canadian companies and residents, says a new report by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

“As Canadians head out on vacation this summer, they will be spending longer periods in their cars, stuck in traffic because of inadequate road infrastructure, including poorly-maintained roadways, interchanges and bridges. Unfortunately, it won’t stop after their vacations, either. Congested transportation systems – and the loss of time and productivity that comes with them - have become a reality for tens of thousands of businesses and their employees,” said Perrin Beatty, CEO and President of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

Posted on 19-07-2017

Canadian Chamber Launches Outreach Mission by Celebrating July 4 in Nashville

Nashville, TN, July 4, 2017 – As a sign of collaboration and friendship, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is celebrating Independence Day in the music city, Nashville, on invitation of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and local business Baker Donelson. 

“There is no better way to honour the alliance between our two countries than taking part in each other’s national days,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, president and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “We’re happy to be here in Nashville to celebrate the 4 of July with our American friends, colleagues and business partners.”

Posted on 04-07-2017

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5 Minutes for Business: The Explosive Debate around Minimum Wage (July 20)

This brief considers whether modest increases in minimum wage are a benefit to workers or put their jobs in jeopardy.

Stuck in Traffic for 10,000 Years: Canadian Problems that Infrastructure Investment Can Solve (July 2017)

This report examines the effects of various deficiencies in infrastructure, ranging from traffic in major cities to access to broadband internet, improving the Ontario-Québec trade corridor with the U.S., lack of new pipelines and the unexplored potential of Canada’s North.

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