Cornwall part of chamber group lobbying province

CORNWALL – The city’s chamber of commerce is calling on the province to avoid putting policies in place that could put a damper on business competition and jobs.

Speaking to a government committee Friday (Sept. 18), members of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce – on behalf of 30 Ontario chambers – cautioned the government about changes to the Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Act.

Specifically, those are exemptions from employment standards for certain sectors, whether businesses have to post work schedules two weeks in advance and the requirements for union certification, including the secret ballot.

With rising electricity bills, a mandatory Ontario Pension Plan and workplace insurance premiums, Executive Director Lezlie Strasser says the government must consider the impact these changes would have on competition in Ontario.

It’s not clear what the government will do next with Friday’s submission.

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