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Emerging Stronger is the OCC’s economic agenda for Ontario.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Emerging StrongerSince 2012, Emerging Stronger has been at the core of our organization’s advocacy and research efforts. It is our five-year agenda aimed at spurring growth and prosperity in Ontario by providing clear and achievable recommendations to businesses, government, and the not-for-profit sector.

The fourth edition of our economic agenda for Ontario, Emerging Stronger 2015: Ontario’s Path from Recovery to Growth, comes at a critical time for the province. Ontario is projected to be among the leading Canadian provinces in GDP growth in 2015. However, our recovery from the economic tumult over the past five years is not assured. Many challenges identified in previous iterations of Emerging Stronger remain.

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Ontario’s debt is large and growing. The province suffers from a serious infrastructure deficit. Unemployment (among youth, in particular) persists while some sectors and regions suffer from skills shortages.

It is an opportune time to champion a focused and ambitious agenda for a stronger Ontario. The province has a majority government with a new, four-year mandate. Many municipalities have new leaders.

Later this year, Canadians will head to the polls to elect their next federal government. Ontarians have an opportunity to help steer a vision for Canada’s economic future. We must work together to secure federal public policies that will help Ontario transition from a path of recovery to growth.

This edition of Emerging Stronger is based on our most rigorous consultation process to date. We invited leaders from government, business, and the not-for-profit sector to help formulate and evaluate our recommendations in a series of consultations. We have also had extensive feedback from leaders across Ontario’s network of chambers of commerce and boards of trade.

The result of these efforts is a focused and achievable set of recommendations. Most are targeted at a government beginning a four-year mandate, but the entire agenda is based on the premise that building Ontario up is a shared responsibility.

This is the penultimate edition of Emerging Stronger. It has fewer recommendations than previous versions. We have passed the halfway mark in our agenda and need to focus our efforts on those measures that will take us furthest on the path from recovery to growth. We aim to finish the Emerging Stronger campaign strong.

I encourage you to read this powerful economic agenda.

Thank you,


Allan O’Dette
President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce

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