GET YOUR NETWORKING ON AND JOIN US FOR OUR NEXT
BUSINESS AT BREAKFAST
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 19th, 2015
7:30 - 9:00am
Access Funds through the Abilities Connect Fund plus rehabilitation in the workplace - our guest speaker is Linda Simpson of Performance Plus Rehab.
Also meet NDP Candidate for Lanark Frontenac Kingston - John Fenik.
THE CARLETON PLACE & DISTRICT CHAMBER AND PROVINCIAL CHAMBER ADDRESS THE IMPACT OF RISING ELECTRICITY COSTS ON BUSINESS
Soaring Electricity Prices Reach Crisis Point, According To New Research
CARLETON PLACE JULY 8, 2015: A new report from the Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and 40 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, calls on the Government of Ontario to tackle the impact of rising electricity costs on the business community. The report, Empowering Ontario: Constraining Costs and Staying Competitive in the Electricity Market, is the most widely consulted report in the history of the province-wide network. It makes five recommendations that government and energy agencies must take to curb rising costs and keep businesses in the province. These recommendations are the product of a year-long research and consultative process with over 100 businesses, energy experts, and government agencies.
The report is accompanied by public opinion research from Leger, which cautions that soaring electricity prices have reached a crisis point for Ontario businesses and consumers. The research finds that 81 percent of Ontarians are concerned that rising electricity prices will impact the health of the Ontario economy and the same percentage fear that rising electricity prices will impact their disposable income. These numbers rise to over 90 percent in northern Ontario.
“Summer is heating up and so is the price of electricity,” said Donna MacDonald, President of the Carleton Place & District Chamber. “The price of electricity in Ontario is set to rise over the next two decades, adding to the cost of doing business in the province. If something is not done now to mitigate these increases, businesses will leave the province, jobs will be lost, and our economy will suffer.”
Among the report’s recommendations is to keep the Debt Retirement Charge (DRC) on residential bills until it has been retired, spreading the burden of past government decisions across ratepayers.
The Chamber also recommends that government improve the transparency of electricity pricing and system cost drivers. By publishing average electricity rates and disclosing the costs of important investments, government will be held accountable for future decision-making. The lack of transparency in the system has led to reduced customer engagement and confidence in the electricity market. Currently, less than half of Ontarians understand the drivers that contribute to rising electricity bills.
“The Ontario Chamber Network of 60,000 businesses consistently hears that the price of electricity is undermining their members’ capacity to grow, hire new workers, and attract investment,” said Allan O’Dette, President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. “The Government of Ontario has before them a number of decisions that must be made in order to bend the trajectory of soaring electricity costs. A first step will be to increase the transparency of decision making in the system so that there is clear accountability and confidence in the electricity market.”
The report also examines options that government should not take, such as importing hydroelectric power from Québec to replace nuclear generation and cancelling feed-in tariff (FIT) contracts. An analysis of all the options considered can be found at occ.ca.
LOOKING FOR OFFICE SPACE OR RENTALS IN CARLETON PLACE?
If you know of someone who is looking to rent an apartment please check out our website at www.cprental.ca. We do have units available in Carleton Place, Smiths Falls and Almonte. Check out our website at www. cprentals.ca or call our office and ask for Joelle Conboy for any rental inquiries 613-257-1222 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce has partnered with First Data Canada, a leader in the payments industry, to help your business Sell More and Save More. All member are provided exclusive low rates on merchant services; low credit and debit card processing costs, ecommerce tools, mobile payment apps, and a user-friendly online reporting tool to support and grow your business.
Save Big with the UPS® Members Benefit Program
Carleton Place & District Chamber of Commerce members, take advantage of the UPS Members Benefit Program and save on a variety of UPS services! You’ll receive 30% off small package shipments within Canada, to the U.S. and to worldwide destinations, 25% off imports into Canada, discounts starting at 75% off freight shipments, and more. To get started today, visit membersbenefitprogram.com/CPCC or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. EST. In addition, you can get 10% off printing, packaging, and mailbox rentals at The UPS Store®. Click here to obtain The UPS Store ‘Get More’ card.
Carleton Place Fire Safety Invention/Company Pitches CBC's Dragons' Den
You may not think of Carleton Place when you think of a place where innovation happens, but think again. There are a lot of interesting developments coming out of this small town in the coming months, one of which is an automatic fire extinguisher device called the Haven.
Member Appreciation BBQ
NEW DATE: Thursday August 6th from 11:30am - 1:30pm
taking place at Bean, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC at 375 McNeely Ave
Please RSVP if you would like to attend.
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 14th, 2015
CANADIAN GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB
$125 + HST per player includes:
FREE BUCKET OF BALLS FOR THE DRIVING RANGE and
Lunch - Shaved Montreal smoked meat on rye with choice of mustards sauerkraut and dill pickles and creamy red potato salad
18 rounds of Golf
Dinner - Butternut squash and ginger soup, caribbean chicken breast served with a gingered mango and strawberry salsa OR Grilled New York striploin steak with green peppercorn demi-glace, roasted garlic mashed potatos, Chef's seasonal vegetable medly & chocolate tuxedo mousse cake
WE ARE HERE TO HELP!
Have any questions about Carleton Place, your Business, Planning, Budgeting or more, please give us a call! We are happy to help you achieve success!! We want your business
to not only survive, but to thrive!
WHAT IS A CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND WHY BE A MEMBER?
A Chamber of Commerce is the vehicle that enables people to work together to improve business - to build a better community and to develop better citizenship in the community, the province and the nation. Although the local community is a market in which business compete for customers, the common intention of the business leaders is to grow and improve this common market. Their Chamber is the means through which they can work together to achieve this goal.
The Carleton Place and District Chamber of Commerce is a partner to the leaders of our community. The Chamber's heritage is impressive having been founded in January 1916. Our mandate is to foster a healthy business climate while promoting business in our town. Each year the list of accomplishments of the Chamber of Commerce grows longer and the list of ideas, plans, and visions even longer.
SAVE 25% off SHIPPING SERVICES!!
As a member of the Carleton Place & Disrict Chamber of Commerce, you gain access to the shipping services and experience of Purolator, where you will enjoy preferential pricing through a volume discount program. Purolator is offering member discounts starting at 25% on Purolator Express® and Purolator Ground® suite of services. For more information please call our office at 613-257-1976.
Esso: A fuel discount ($0.035 per litre)—offered to the company and its employees—at all Canadian ESSO-branded service stations
Although my membership to the Chamber has only been a very short time I do feel that the Chamber was wealth of knowledge for me in seeking out people I needed to get in touch with. Thank you for being so helpful-it was greatly appreciated - a member since May 2014
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