IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT & CEO: Property Tax Reform and Advocacy Update

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT & CEO: Property Tax Reform and Advocacy Update

 Earlier this year, the Burlington Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber submitted a resolution to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) focused on addressing major challenges caused by Ontario’s property tax system for business taxpayers.  The resolution called for the Province of Ontario to conduct a comprehensive review of the current property tax regime, as well as the introduction of enhanced flexibility/new tax tools for municipalities to address property tax inequities and changes to unduly burdensome education tax rates for commercial and industrial taxpayers.  This resolution, supported by Chambers and Boards of Trade across the province, was subsequently adopted as part of the OCC’s advocacy agenda for this year.

I am delighted to announce that the budget unveiled yesterday by the Province of Ontario has heeded our call to action and includes significant measures to resolve these longstanding concerns including:

  • Reductions in business education tax rates,
  • The creation of a new optional tax class for small commercial properties to allow municipalities to target relief to business property owners, and a commitment on the part of the Province to match eligible property tax reductions, and
  • Future changes to property valuation methodologies to protect areas undergoing redevelopment and to provide stability and fairness for other complex property types.

These changes represent majors gains for business property owners and tenants not just in Burlington, but throughout Ontario.

I would like to extend sincere thanks to the members of the Chamber’s volunteer Political Action Committee for their insight and leadership on these important issues, as well as to our Team Burlington partners and the City of Burlington for their added support to advocate for property tax reform on behalf of the business community.  Special thanks also go to Burlington MPP, Jane McKenna and MPP Effie Triantafilopoulos (Oakville North-Burlington) for your willingness to listen and tireless efforts to respond to our stakeholder concerns.

The spirit of partnership and collaboration that defines us in Burlington has yet again proven that we are Stronger Together.


Carla Y. Nell

BCC COVID-19 Update

BCC COVID-19 Update

We understand that this is an extremely challenging time for businesses across our community. Please know that the Burlington Chamber of Commerce is committed to supporting our members and the broader community during this crisis.

We are carefully monitoring COVID-19 developments on a continual basis and will be sharing the most up to date information and resources as developments unfold to keep you informed.

We are working closely with our counterparts at the Ontario and Canadian Chambers of Commerce to ensure that the needs of the business community are addressed by all levels of government. Information about any fiscal counter measures and relief that will be provided to SMEs to offset financial hardship will be shared as soon as details are released.

Burlington Chamber of Commerce staff will continue to be available during regular business hours. If you have any questions or support requirements, please do not hesitate to contact Chamber staff via email or phone.

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Prime Minister Trudeau Addresses Canadians

Today, March 16th, Prime Minister Trudeau addressed the nation regarding the COVID-19 Outbreak.

The following was announced affecting the business community:

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March Events to be Rescheduled

Please be advised that the following events will be rescheduled to a later date:

  • March 21 – Chamber Travel Trip to Morocco
  • March 24 – Business Excellence Young Entrepreneur Award Finalist Panel
  • March 26 – Business Before 9 with Ashwood Glen School

Stay tuned for information regarding alternate dates.

Chambers Plan and Teledoc Partnership

Chambers Plan has teamed up with Teladoc to provide employees with instant access to medical advice from qualified doctors. Plus, the app has video conferencing, so you can connect face-to-face. Skip waiting at the walk-in and receive a personal consult in 60 minutes or less. Please contact Hynek Financial for more information.