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November 16, 2018
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2018 Fall Economic Statement Rapid Policy Update:

On November 15, the Government of Ontario released its 2018 Fall Economic Statement entitled “2018 Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review”, which provides an update on the government’s finances and announces commitments for the upcoming 2019 Budget.

The government is projecting steady, moderate growth in Ontario’s economy, with real GDP forecasted to rise by 2 percent in 2018. The Fall Economic Statement forecasts a deficit of $14.5 billion in 2018-19, down by $0.5 billion from the previous year. Growth is expected to be more modest over the next four years due to limited economic capacity, higher interest rates, and slowing US growth. 

Our rapid policy update outlines specific commitments that the government announced regarding:
• Fiscal responsibility, government transparency and accountability
• Regulatory reforms
• Tax reforms
• Energy and electricity
• Transportation and infrastructure
• Support for key Ontario sectors
• Other issues


If you have any further questions please contact Ashley Challinor, Vice President of Policy.

Read the OCC's Rapid Policy Update
Chamber Luncheon with Minister Todd Smith
QWCC Luncheon with Minister Todd Smith

Thank You to Minister Todd Smith for joining us for lunch today to give an update to the Quinte West Business Community on the recent announcements and policy changes by the Ontario Government.

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A strong and prosperous Canada depends on business growth.

2019 is a federal election year and during an election year, it is important that our 10 Ways to Build a Canada that Wins reflects the views of Canadian businesses - big and small - from across Canada. To do this, we have partnered with Hill+Knowlton Strategies to create a feedback platform to gather business responses on critical concerns as we head to the polls.  Respondents will have the ability to focus on the themes that most interest them and provide input into what issues matter to Canadian business and how the network will project its needs in the 2019 election advocacy.

To participate in the survey CLICK HERE
5 Minutes for Business

In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, we examine how in order to remain competitive, businesses need to focus inwards and begin investing in and improving how they navigate mental health in their workplace.

With most adults spending more of their waking hours at work and with one in five Canadians experiencing a mental health problem or illness, addressing the issue of mental health at work is vitally important for all people in Canada—especially employers. Mentally healthy workforces perform better and create opportunities that allow for inclusive growth for all sections of society.

Our economy cannot afford to leave anyone behind, which is why we are moving from goal to action by implemented the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s National Standard of Canada for Psychological Health and Safety in the Workplace.

Read 5 Minutes for Business to find out more.
2018 Trenton Santa Claus Parade

The Trenton Santa Claus parade is one of the best Parades in the Quinte Region!  Your donations go towards getting the bands that help make it a special event for all ages.  Please check out a video from previous years to see  how this parade brings the whole community together!

No donation is too big or too small, contact Morgan Scott, Events Coordinator for details

Click here for the float entry form
It’s that time of year again!

It’s time to start thinking of highlighting your business in the 2019 Quinte West Business Directory.

There are a variety of ad spaces available, including our popular colour ad spaces. Please note the colour ad spaces are limited so call today to secure your spot!

  • Beautifully formatted, professionally crafted spiral bound books include local advertisements, business category listings, business to business listings and a handy map of the Quinte West area
  • Designed to help local businesses develop and maintain relationships among each other and with the rest of the community
  • 500 directories are delivered to local business owners and perspective new businesses to the area
  • A great way to collaborate, communicate and connect with other members of the Quinte West Chamber of Commerce

Please contact Laura at Impressions Publishing Inc. or call  613-848-1175 to get started.

* Sign up deadline is Friday, November 30, 2018. *

Impressions Publishing Inc.

Click here to contact Laura for more details
Property Guys
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Quinte Art & Custom Frame
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The Centre for Workforce Development is pleased to share the updated 2018 Edition of the Skilled Trades Guide! With over 150 apprenticeable trades in Ontario, this guide is designed to assist students, parents, job seekers and community members to understand the path to an apprenticeship in Ontario.

The Guide outlines education and training requirement, job titles, career opportunities, median wage ranges and links to the outlook locally across all apprenticeable trades.

Brad Labadie, Executive Director

Download your copy here: Skilled Trades Guide 2018 Edition
click here to reserve your spot
Mental Health Training for Managers December 10

Only three spots available!

Belleville- Monday December 10th, 2018 (1:00 pm to 4:30 pm)

Hastings Prince Edward Public Health is hosting a half-day workplace mental health training session for managers from workplaces in Hastings and Prince Edward counties. Workplace Mental Health: How Managers Should Respond is an instructor-led training solution aimed at providing participants with the knowledge, tools and techniques to be able to respond in real‐time to mental health issues in their workplace. The sessions will be facilitated by Workplace Safety and Prevention Services (WSPS), a not-for-profit Ontario-based safety organization. The intent of the course is to enable managers to be proactive, as well as reactive, to staff mental health needs that may arise. We have three spots remaining in the Belleville session. Register today!
After completion participants will be able to:
 Discuss the role managers play in managing workplace mental health
 Describe workplace impacts on mental health
 Apply a framework to prepare for difficult conversations
 Explore various support and accommodation approaches to effectively manage
 Review Mental Health Resources in and out of the Workplace

The cost per person is $146.46 (inclusive).  To provide the best learning environment, each session can accommodate a maximum of 16 attendees.

Link For More Information and Registration
Quinte West Chamber Trip to Egypt & Dubai with Indus Tours

Join us for a webinar on November 20, 2018 at 6PM

Ancient Egypt & Modern Dubai’ begins in Cairo where you can visit the Pyramids of Giza and will have the opportunity to visit the incredible Egyptian Museum and much more. Then you will continue to the ancient city of Luxor, where you embark on a relaxing four-night cruise up the Nile. You will have plenty of time to explore the stunning Valley of the Kings and the Temples on the East Bank, including Karnak and Luxor Temples. During the cruise, you can enjoy several shore excursions to see some fascinating historical sites. In Aswan, you will discover the High Dam and Temple of Philae.

After visiting the best of Egypt, you will continue your adventures in the cosmopolitan and amazing city of Dubai. Discover the major traditional & modern landmarks of this city during a half a day guided city tour and use your free time to enjoy diverse and exciting optional tours, activities, shopping and nightlife that Dubai has to offer.


After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing webinar information.

Anyone who would prefer to come down to the Quinte West Chamber Office and watch the webinar as part of a group can call 613-392-7635

Jingle Mingle

Registration is still open for the 2018 Jingle Mingle!

Click here to register
Click here for sponsorship opportunities

Mrs Dickens' Christmas Tea

Friday, December 7, 2018
2 Stittings: 11 am and 1 p

Come and enjoy Tea with Mrs. Dickens as she serves her favourite Christmas delights and reads excerpts from her husband's “Little Christmas Book”.
$15 pp includes:
tea sandwiches, Christmas cake, shortbread, mince tarts, scones, chocolates, tea, coffee, cranberry punch, smoking Bishop, Eggnog
Entertainment by local musicians, prizes for Parlour Games.

Please call or email to reserve your place:
Laura 613 243 3172 or email

Feed Your Appetite for History
Trenton Town Hall - 1861 Heritage and Cultural Centre
55 King St., Trenton, ON

Dear Chamber members,

I would like to introduce myself; I am the new General Manager of the Ramada Trenton. I assumed my new challenge in May of this year and am excited to once again be back in Trenton. I was here 12 years ago when the property was branded Holiday Inn, when I occupied the position of Food & Beverage Manager. It is my goal to restore this properties profile within the community to what it was when I was last here.

In doing so, I am happy to invite all of you and your teams to enjoy a Las Vegas Holiday hypnotist show. The gala night features a full buffet, show and after party for $79.95.

We are offering Chamber members $10.00 off ($69.00) until Dec 1st for early bookings and discounted drink tickets should you wish to purchase them for your guests.

In Hospitality, 

Joey Bélanger, General Manager  Ramada Hotel Trenton  613-394-4855


click here to to contact Ramada to book tickets
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