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Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade members prioritize infrastructure, transit and healthcare ̶ oppose ORPP

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Ajax/Pickering – September 17, 2015   The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade (APBOT) released the results of its 2015 Government Relations Survey today. Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade members stressed the need for enhanced transportation and transit infrastructure in order to facilitate economic growth in the local area.

“Our membership views the future optimistically in terms of economic growth and growth of their own business,” said 2015 APBOT President Denise Jones, CPA, CA of Collins Barrow Durham. “That said, increased costs to business such as the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension plan and inadequate infrastructure pose a threat to this growth.”

Members indicated that adequate Infrastructure is required in Ajax/Pickering to support economic growth including development of the Pickering Airport Lands. They also called for continued expansion of Hwy 407 and more transit investment. In fact, only 3.4% of members surveyed believe that enough is being done to address public transit concerns in Ajax and Pickering

When asked about what services a potential hospital in Seaton should provide, the respondents overwhelmingly supported a full service hospital to serve the needs of a growing community.

63% of question respondents oppose the proposed mandatory Ontario Registered Pension Plan on the grounds it is an additional cost for their business and it will inhibit growth.

Other major impediments to increasing economic development within Durham Region indicated by respondents include insufficient capital/funding for existing businesses, uncertainty over future of Pickering Nuclear, high taxes, the high cost of electricity, a shortage of skilled labour and opportunities for apprentice training.

The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade conducts a major Government Relations Survey every two years as well as periodic micro surveys on specific issues in order to gauge the policy preferences of the membership.

The 2015 APBOT Government Relations Survey was conducted over a three week period from June 22nd to July 10th, 2015. The response rate increased by 6 percentage points, moving from 20% in 2013 to 26% this year and the respondents reflect an accurate (representation) cross section of the APBOT membership demographic profile.

Please view the 2015 GRC Survey Results and Commentary here