Toronto Board of Trade

Toronto Board of Trade

October 11, 2006 11:42 ET

ACTION AGENDA FOR TORONTO’S NEXT GOVERNMENT

Toronto Board of Trade proposes five key steps to a better city

Attention: Business/Financial Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 11, 2006) - The Toronto Board of Trade today released it's 'Action Agenda For The Next Mayor And City Council of Toronto', offering five key steps that our city's next government should take to create a better place to live and do business.

"This is not an agenda for business," says Becky McKinnon, Chair of the Board of Trade. "It is an agenda by business for the entire city. If Toronto is a top choice for both employers and residents, we all win."

The entire agenda, based on years of input from the ten thousand-strong membership of the Board of Trade, as well as fact and opinion gathering, research and policy analysis, is available on the Board's website at www.bot.com. The five key action steps are:

1. Reduce traffic congestion and improve transit and transportation systems in the next Council term.
2. Improve Toronto's business competitiveness in order to attract and retain employers and jobs.
3. Enhance Toronto's quality of life through investments targeted at building better communities.
4. Operate municipal government in a more accountable, efficient and effective way, based on best practices drawn from the public and private sector.
5. Establish benchmarks that measure success in key areas by results, not spending, and report on progress towards such benchmarks.

"We call on all candidates for City Council and the office of Mayor to address these issues during the current municipal election campaign," says McKinnon, "and to commit to these actions during the next term of Toronto's government."

The Toronto Board of Trade is the champion of a competitive and vibrant Toronto with a mandate to serve, represent and unite the city's business community. Founded in 1845, the non-profit organization represents 10,000 members with 500,000 employees, and operates at four locations across Toronto. Further information about Board events, policies, advocacy and products is available on its website at www.bot.com. Commentary from Board executives can be found on the Board Blog at www.bot.com/blog.
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Contact Information

  • Glen Stone, Public Affairs Manager, Toronto Board of Trade
    Primary Phone: 416-862-4565
    E-mail: gstone@bot.com