Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

March 19, 2007 17:32 ET

Government Embarks on Road to Fairness

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 19, 2007) - The federal government has made progress towards restoring fairness in Canada in Budget 2007 by implementing a number of the recommendations of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

"We're pleased to see the federal government's commitment to per capita funding of major transfers including health and social programs," says Len Crispino, President & CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. "Ontarians deserve the same level of services as their fellow Canadians and that simply has not been the case in the past."

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce had advocated for a principle-based solution, several of which were included in today's budget:

- A commitment that provinces receiving equalization will not have a higher fiscal capacity than contributing provinces

- A commitment to equal per capita cash support for the Canada Social

Transfer and the Canada Health Transfer

- A clarification of roles and responsibilities of governments, and a commitment to focus on areas of federal responsibility

"Overall Ontarians across the province will benefit from today's announcement," adds Crispino. "Improved federal transfers will trickle down to services Ontario residents use every day."

"The Ontario Chamber of Commerce had hoped the government would include a component of program evaluation for federal transfers, one of the largest wealth transfers in the world," countered Crispino. "We commit to work with the federal government to develop a measurement tool so that we can ensure the program's effectiveness."

The full OCC pre-budget submission to the Federal Finance Minister can be found on our website at www.occ.on.ca.

The OCC represents over 57,000 businesses through 160 local Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, and has been Ontario's business advocate since 1911. Its advocacy and policy initiatives focus on six areas key to the economic well-being of the province: health; education; energy; finance & taxation; transportation & infrastructure; and border issues.

Contact Information

  • Ontario Chamber of Commerce
    Amy Terrill
    W: (416) 482-5222, ext. 241 or C: (416) 605-8205
    amyterrill@occ.on.ca