CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE DELIVER LANDMARK AGENDA TO GROW ECONOMY AND SPUR JOB CREATION
Ontario business confidence drops by 17 points to a five-year low
THUNDER BAY, ON --- January 28, 2016 ---- This week, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Mowat Centre, released the fifth and final iteration of Emerging Stronger. A detailed economic agenda for Ontario, Emerging Stronger 2016 identifies the immediate steps that government and the private sector must take to enhance Ontario’s economic competitiveness and spur job creation in the province.
Ontario businesses are increasingly unsure about the direction of the provincial economy, according to a new survey from the OCC and Leger. The annual Ontario Business Confidence Index, featured in Emerging Stronger 2016, shows that business confidence in the Ontario economy is at a five-year low.
The Index shows that only 30 percent of businesses are confident in Ontario’s economy, compared to 47 percent in 2012. It also shows that 62 percent of businesses are confident in their own organization’s outlook, down from a high of 74 percent in 2014.
Charla Robinson, President of the Thunder Bay Chamber commented, “These are challenging times for Ontario and it is imperative that government and business work together to boost confidence and spur investment. Of particular importance to our region is the need to increase the flow-through share tax credit for the mining sector and to support access to reliable and affordable industrial fibre for the forest industry.”
Among the key findings of the Ontario Business Confidence Index:
• 30 percent of businesses believe the Ontario economy is going in the right direction, compared to 42 percent in 2012.
• 48 percent of businesses plan to expand in the next five years, down 14 points from 2013.
The detailed policy recommendations in Emerging Stronger 2016 are focused on increasing economic stability, supporting investment and fostering business growth across the province.
“Ontario businesses are looking for stability and economic certainty,” said Allan O’Dette, President and CEO of the OCC. “Emerging Stronger offers a detailed roadmap for how government can work with the business sector to achieve their shared goals. Uncertainty throughout the global economy and, specifically in the resources industry, is further compounding concerns in the private sector, and it is important that public policy address the concerns of the business community.”
About the Ontario Business Confidence Index:
The annual Ontario Business Confidence Index is the most comprehensive survey of business opinion in the province (1,310 respondents, survey conducted in November 2015). The margin of error for the survey is 2.71%, 19 times out of 20. The OCC began collecting this data in 2012.
Read Emerging Stronger 2016 at http://www.tbchamber.ca/wp-content/uploads/Emerging-Stronger-2016-Thunder-Bay.pdf