The Ontario Chamber of Commerce has established the Ontario Vaccination Support Council, founded by over 250 businesses, organizations, and the Ontario Chamber Network. The Council leverages the businesses and organizations involved, representing hundreds of thousands of employees from across the Province, to provide support for Ontario’s historic COVID-19 vaccination effort with the ultimate goal of ending the pandemic.
The OCC recognizes that infrastructure – particularly transportation and digital infrastructure – are top priorities for our members. In May 2019, a permanent Infrastructure Council was launched to guide continual policy and advocacy action on this issue, and ensure the Province makes the necessary investments to keep Ontario competitive.
Following the release of the OCC’s recent report, Supporting Ontario’s Budding Cannabis Industry, the OCC launched the Ontario Cannabis Policy Council in September 2019. The Council is co-chaired by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Fire & Flower Inc. The Council’s primary focus will be advocating for the recreational cannabis industry’s growth across the province. The Council is the first of its kind in Ontario composed of industry leaders and experts, tackling the key issues impacting Ontario’s fast-moving recreational cannabis industry.
Better understanding and addressing Ontario’s skills mismatch and workforce development issues has been a longstanding priority for the OCC and its members. The OCC will continue its on-going work on this file with the Workforce Development Council. The Council is co-chaired by Daniel Safayeni, Director of Policy and Dr. Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor of Ontario Tech University, and consists of leading experts from business, academia, and our Chamber Network.
Launched in January 2020, the OCC’s Energy Policy Council is a cross-section of energy sector stakeholders that regularly informs our policy and advocacy efforts on a variety of energy issues. This initiative is supported with insights and technical expertise from Sussex Strategy Group’s Energy and Environment Practice.
Launched in April 2020, the Health Policy Council is composed of a diverse cross-section of our members who come together to exchange ideas, inform OCC priorities, and provide government with timely recommendations.
Although the Council was in development prior to the COVID-19 crisis, now more than ever, the participating members’ direction will be critical to support the health care system today and lead recovery tomorrow.