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Queen's Park Update:
2017 Auditor General Report Released


Today, the office of the auditor general released it 2017 annual report. The Report, presented in two volumes, contains results of value-for-money audits of provincial spending in agriculture, emergency management, energy, health care, education, services for newcomers, government owned real estate, and social housing.


Volume 1 of the Report contains 14 value-for-money audits while Volume 2 contains follow-up reports on the recommendations made by the auditor general  in 2015.  Read the Auditor General's News Release


Congratulations to the Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Awards Winners


The winners of this year's awards were announced at the Community Awards ceremony and reception on Tuesday, November 28th at Dunfield Theatre Cambridge (Renamed Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge effective January 1) in the presence of 350 attendees We were pleased to have received 69 nominations for the 4th Annual Cambridge & North Dumfries Community Awards. More


Bill 148 Discussions Continued with the Chamber


The Chamber hosted a informative discussion and Q&A on October 30th, lead by a panel of experts on the proposed Bill 148. Panelists were:

  • Karl Baldauf, Vice President, Policy & Government Relations Ontario Chair of Commerce will be providing an overview on the lobby efforts of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (click for presentation)
  • Megan Swan, Partner Pavey Law LLP - general overview of the changes proposed in Bill 148, and some of the practical implications for employers and summary of the proposed legislative changes. (click for presentation)
  • Mike Arndt, Partner, Graham Mathew Professional Corporation – general overview on tax implications to employers (click for presentation)

Are you a Small Business owner or employee? Do you really know how Bill 148 may affect you?  This is the most radical revision of the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act since their inception. evision of the Employment Standards Act and Labour Relations Act since their inception. We encourage you to review the presentations.



Steering Through Change: A Handbook to Help Ontario Businesses Understand and Manage Bill 148


The Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, alongside the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and management-consulting firm, MNP, have released a comprehensive handbook (Steering Through Change) to help Ontario businesses navigate the new costs and regulations associated with Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces Better Jobs Act. The handbook provides a summary of the incoming changes, outlines the potential risks to business, and identifies strategies to help mitigate the impact.


From substantial increases to the minimum wage, new scheduling provisions, reforms to the collective bargaining process and dozens of other changes, Bill 148 will present many challenges for employers.


The handbook includes important insights into the legislation and offers practical solutions and strategies to support businesses through the initial changes. As the implementation dates draw closer, employers will be able to turn to this handbook to understand the legislation and navigate change.




Lights! Camera! Cambridge!



The City of Cambridge is a leader when it comes to film activity in the Region of Waterloo!  We welcome over a dozen projects annually, which bring excitement and activity to various locations throughout the city.  The film industry employs over 32,000 people throughout Ontario and infuses over $1.5 billion dollars into the provincial economy – and Cambridge is proud to play its part!  More


Member Profiles


Each month The Chamber features  members as our Profile Businesses of the Month! It’s a monthly feature favourite, where local businesses have the opportunity to tell other Chamber members – and the public – about who they are and what they do. View this months Member Profiles.


Our Cambridge.... A Gift to the World


Our Cambridge Cover


Our Cambridge ... A Gift to the World showcases Galt, Preston and Hespeler with their rivers, incredible historic architecture and hi-tech companies. This has made for a wonderful project...a collection of images and a gift book that corporations, residents and visitors will simply love.

The Book is a hard cover, jacketed coffee table book, great for your home, office or as a gift to visiting customers and suppliers.  Click here to purchase your copy.






• December 06, 2017
5 Minutes for Business: R v Comeau and the Fight for Interprovincial Free Trade More >>


• November 10, 2017
5 Minutes for Business: Canada’s Economy is Booming, But Will It Last?? More >>


• October 16, 2017
5 Minutes for Business: Fighting for NAFTA—Better to Have No Deal than a Bad Deal More >>


• September 28, 2017
Growing coalition confirms tax proposals will affect middle-class business owners More >>


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