What can the federal government do to grow the Northern Ontario economy? This is the question the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, its partners, and Northern Policy Institute will be asking at a Leader’s Breakfast on January 28, 2015 in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.
The breakfast is part of a consultation process currently being conducted by Northern Policy Institute throughout Northern Ontario to collect information, feedback, and research on critical federal issues that political parties of all stripes should be including in their soon to be developed campaign platforms.
The breakfast will include a presentation on the recently released discussion paper A Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario. Tickets will be available to the public and the event will provide an opportunity for people throughout Northern Ontario to learn more about the Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario and provide their input on the issues unique to Northern Ontario that should be included in the agenda.
“The Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario is only as strong as the people who create it,” says Northern Policy Institute president and CEO, Charles Cirtwill. “What is included in this agenda will be informed by the feedback we receive during our consultation process. This is why we are encouraging people to come out and participate in these consultations. We cannot say on our own what issues matter most to the people of Northern Ontario. You have to tell us, so we can then help inform policy makers on what changes are needed and how we should go about achieving them.”
The breakfast will be held at the Days Inn and Suites in Sault Ste. Marie on Wednesday, January 28 from 7:45AM to 9:15AM. Tickets are $25.00 + HST /Person for Chamber Members & $35.00/Person for Non- Chamber Members and are available by contacting the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce at 705 949 7152 or ordered via downloading a registration form from the Chamber website at www.ssmcoc.com.
“Our Province, and in particular, Northern Ontario, is at a critical point economically”, says Mark Barsanti, 2014-2015 Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce President. “The economic policy made in the next 12 months will have a profound impact on the variables that we use to measure success. Federal Policy on matters relating to infrastructure development, resource extraction and immigration, to name only a few, has the potential to be the tipping point toward Northern Ontario finally becoming an economic powerhouse in its own right. We need to make sure our voices our heard and that the Federal Government not only sees the potential of our region within Ontario but also our potential contribution to the national economy.”
Background: The Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario is a collaborative effort between The Mowat Centre, The Institute for Competiveness and Prosperity, and Northern Policy Institute. In October, 2014, The Mowat Centre released its discussion paper, A Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario during the 2014 Ontario Economic Summit.
According to the discussion paper, the purpose of the Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario is to: “define clearly the challenges and opportunities facing Ontario, develop a common vision and agenda on key economic issues, inform public dialogue, outline policy options that could be pursued by the federal government, and inform platform development by political parties in the lead up to the federal election.”
The feedback that is collected will be used to complete the Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario with an intended release in the spring of 2015.
To read the full discussion paper, A Federal Economic Agenda for Ontario, and provide feedback visit www.northernpolicy.ca.