Volume 6, Issue 9
BusinessMatters ENews
Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce
Chamber Group Insurance Plan
URGENT - We Need Your Support!
OCC Letter to Premier Wynne On The Subject Of
Changing The Comparability Rules Under The ORPP

The government of Ontario is currently in its final stages of designing the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) continues to support the government's policy objective - to ensure that all Ontarians are adequately prepared for their retirement.
On August 11th, 2015, Premier Wynne announced that the government is changing the comparability rules under the ORPP. Following a letter to the Premier in June 2015 on comparability, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce network with the support of a coalition of over 150 businesses & associations, were able to get the government to exempt some defined contribution (DC) pension plans from the ORPP.
The OCC's is proposing a follow up letter. We are trying to move the yardstick again by advocating strongly for government to address the outstanding concerns of the business community. To do so, we need a similar level of support demonstrated by the province's employer community. We are confident that the business community, by coming together to rally behind a common message, will be instrumental in getting the government to move again.
If you support the OCC's position letter to Premier Wynne requesting greater clarity regarding changing the comparability rules under the ORPP, please email Malcolmson at to provide your electronic signature to be included in the proposed letter.  
DEADLINE to be included in the submission:
NOON, Monday, September 21, 2015 
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Thursday, October 8, 2015
7:30 a.m. -  9:30 a.m. 

Quality Hotel & Conference Centre
1011 Bloor Street East, Oshawa
The Greater Oshawa Chamber in partnership with the Durham Region Association of REALTORS® and the Durham Region Home Builders' Association is hosting a Federal Candidates' breakfast to learn where the parties stand on the issues that matter to Oshawa and Durham Region. Don't miss your chance to meet the candidates and hear where they - and their parties - stand on the issues that matter most to you and your business. Breakfast will be served. 

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Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 2, 2015.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Tetra Kitchen & Vines
570 Longworth Ave., Bowmanville

An interactive roundtable discussion on topics that interest and affect women in the workforce in partnership with the Clarington Board of Trade.

Topic for October: How to Deal With Difficult People

Registration Deadline: Wednesday October 7, 2015


Meet The
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Tutto Market Café
29 Simcoe Street South, Oshawa

Join us for a ghoulish evening of networking and Halloween fun at Tutto Market Café!
Come dressed to impress in your Halloween costume (Superhero AND non-superheroes welcome).
Those dressed in a costume will receive one (1) complimentary drink ticket upon their arrival!

Registration Deadline: October 14, 2015


Wednesday, November 4, 2015
11:30 a.m. Lunch   |   12:30 p.m. 1st Draw
Oshawa Golf & Curling Club
160 Alexandra St., Oshawa

Join us for a FUN afternoon of curling and networking! No team, no problem, we will put you with a team. Curling experience not required!


Registration Deadline: Wednesday, October 28, 2015

This Week's Networking Tip:
Building a relationship takes time, needs to be nurtured and requires investment. Your willingness to take the many small steps that build trust, clarify value and confirm contribution eventually lead to giant results. One great way to build a relationship is through networking. Check out the upcoming events: and make plans to go work your network.

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Business Of The Month  

On behalf of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce and the Ambassador Committee, congratulations to Jewellery by Sanders on being named BUSINESS OF THE MONTH for September!
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It's hard to believe the RBC Royal Bank - Conlin Road Branch is fast approaching its 1 year anniversary. Please join us and help celebrate this milestone on October 17th from 11:30 to 1:30 pm. at RBC Royal Bank | Royal Bank of Canada |43 Conlin Road East, Oshawa, ON, L1H 7K4. Hope to see you there.


Eat My Shortbread expanded their business and opened a bakery café at 1077 Boundary Road, Unit #109 in Oshawa. Chamber Ambassadors and members enjoyed their famous baked goods, plus Honey & Tea teas, Trebilcock Coffee and Olive Oil from Olive That! Drop in to see what the fuss is about...their brownies and shortbread (and other goodies) will knock your socks off.

Westfield Optical, sponsor of School Vision Care program celebrated their grand opening with a BBQ lunch on Tuesday, September 1 at 90 Simcoe Street North in Oshawa and Chamber Ambassadors and members were there to mark the occasion. School Vision Care is a not-for-profit organization who provides full eye examination and FREE prescription glasses to thousands of school kids in Durham and York Region. Call 647-248-9604 for more information.

Owners Sina and Miguel Covera and staff of Sina's Kitchen - Authentic Italian Food celebrated their Grand re-opening at their new downtown Oshawa location and Chamber Ambassadors and members were there to celebrate at 16 King Street East in Oshawa. For those who love Italian cuisine...stop in and enjoy!
Bruce Croxon, former judge on CBC's Dragons' Den and co-founder of the online dating service Lavalife, will share his thoughts on innovation and entrepreneurship on Saturday, October 3, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) invites community members to join alumni, faculty, staff and students for this UOIT sponsored event. Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, gyms 3 and 4
2000 Simcoe Street North, Oshawa. This is a FREE event.
For more information or to register go to

Can a cup of coffee make a difference for people with Alzheimer's disease? In September, it can. The Alzheimer Society of Durham Region (ASDR) invites local residents to kick off the 20th Anniversary of Coffee Break, the Society's longest-standing nationwide fundraising event. The Alzheimer Society is looking for businesses and other local groups to get involved. Coffee Break hosts are asked to offer a cup of coffee to participants for a donation to the Alzheimer Society. To register and learn more about Coffee Break®, visit
Oshawa's airport has a new business plan and with it, a new name, Oshawa Executive Airport. Since opening in the early 1940s as a British Commonwealth Air Training Field, the Oshawa airport has undergone numerous changes. Today, the executive-level regional airport is owned and operated by the City of Oshawa and plays an important role in supporting emergency services, general aviation and attracting and retaining aviation businesses, as well as providing economic benefits to Oshawa and the Region. Join us in celebration at their Open Doors/Open House/Fly-in on September 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for more information.
Firehouse Subs, an American fast casual chain, is expanding into Canada with its first location opening fall 2015 at Ritson & Adelaide in Oshawa and are looking for top talent to join their team. Only friendly, outgoing, energetic and hardworking individuals who are passionate about hearty and flavourful food, heartfelt services and public safety should apply by email at or contact 647.701.5637 for more information.

On September 26, Oshawa will be celebrating its unique heritage through Doors Open Ontario. The Boys and Girls' Club of Durham is looking to connect with former clients that made use of these services, to see what impact their club experience has had on their lives. These alumni are invited to join the BGC during the Doors Open Ontario event; can drop by the club at 433 Eulalie Avenue, Oshawa to fill out an Alumni form; or can contact the club at 905-728-5121.
On September 26 Simcoe Hall Settlement House will be participating in the city wide event, Open Doors and will display the history that the 100 year old building holds. They invite anyone who has memories from their experience at the Simcoe Hall Boys and Girls Program to share so they can put it on display along with their archives. If you have any memories you would like to share please email them to: Open Doors will be at Simcoe Hall from 10am-4pm.

Canadian Blood Services logo Canadian Blood Services needs the Oshawa community to "ADOPT A DAY" and visit the blood donor clinic at 1300 Harmony Road North in order to keep up with hospital demand. The clinic is open 6 days a week: Mon 3-7pm, Tues and Thurs 3-8pm, Wed 10am -2pm,  Fri 9am - 1 pm and Sat 8am -1pm. One person will make the difference in the lives of many! Please call Melissa Smith-McGuire @ 416-550-0934 or email to book an appointment call 1-888-2-DONATE or visit

Do You Have News To Share?
If you are celebrating a major milestone such as receiving a professional award, celebrating a grand opening, new location, major expansion or special anniversary, or have news you want to share with fellow Chamber members, contact the Chamber at 905-728-1683 or email details to  
Welcome New Members...   
Join us in welcoming our newest members who joined in the last 45 days.
  • Arby's Oshawa
  • Autobase Group Ltd.
  • Centum Mega Mortgage
  • Darrel Hotz, Barrister & Solicitors
  • David Cumberbatch - Dominion Lending Centres
  • Dunn Denture Clinic
  • Fire House Subs
  • Investors Group Financial Services Inc., Conor Amyot, Consultant
  • JT's Home Handyman Services
  • Lennox Financial Group Inc.
  • Oshawa Dental House
  • Taafe Law Professional Corporation 

Click here for a complete list of members.

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From now until September 30, 2015, First Data is offering a promotion to members wanting to switch their merchant services to First Data. The offer includes a free terminal for six months and a statement analysis. Find out more by clicking HERE or call 1-888-265-4117.

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As a member of the Greater Oshawa Chamber of Commerce, you are considered a preferred shipping partner of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and as such, can receive volume discounts starting at 25% on Purolator Services. Learn more at and start saving today! 



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    The UK As Your Springboard To Global Growth
    Thu. Nov, 5/15


    Local Biz Expo
    Thu. Nov, 19/15


  • Community Events 


    Fireshouse Subs - Opening Soon - NOW HIRING!
    Mon. Aug, 17/15 - Wed. Sep, 30/15


    Adopt A Pet - Open House at Oshawa Animal Services
    Sat. Sep, 19/15


    Humane Society of Durham Region 2015 Golf Tournament
    Wed. Sep, 23/15


    Their Opportunity's Chair Affair Auction
    Thu. Sep, 24/15


    Durham Region Film Festival
    Fri. Sep, 25/15 -
    Sun. Sep, 27/15


    Sat. Sep, 26/15


    Oshawa Airport Open Doors/Open House/Fly-in
    Sat. Sep, 26/15


    Doors Open Oshawa
    Sat. Sep, 26/15

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    The Lion's Community Walk/Run for Happiness
    Sun. Sep, 27/15


    Fall Art Festival
    Fri. Oct, 2/15 -
  • Sun. Oct, 4/15


    Meet Bruce Croxon - one of Canada's Dragons at UOIT
    Sat. Oct, 3/15


    Calling All Super Heros - SuperHero Walk to benefit Durham Children's Aid Society
    Sun. Oct, 4/15


    Durham's Empty Bowls featuring Master Chef Canada Finalists
    Sat. Oct, 24/15






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