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APBOT Calls for Better Support for Employers Struggling to Understand HR Obligations

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October 05, 2020 – The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade (APBOT) is proud to have passed a policy resolution at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) Annual General Meeting that speaks to better HR support for employers. The pandemic has highlighted how little assistance is available to small business owners when trying to navigate the lengthy list of health and safety policies, programs, and training that must be developed and implemented.

“The need for better supports and resources for entrepreneurs is incredibly timely given this challenging year for small business owners,” said Christine Ashton, 2020 APBOT Chair, and a partner and lawyer for Wilson Vukelich LLP. “We are asking the Government of Ontario to help small business owners by offering readily available sample HR policies, programs, and training where it is statutorily required.”

The policy, “Bettering Ontario Workplaces,” calls for a centralized support mechanism (such as a web portal) that businesses could easily access.

Meanwhile, the APBOT also passed the sunsetting resolution “Regional Transportation Fare Integration,” before it was set to expire. This policy, with previous iterations presented by the Toronto Region Board of Trade and Vaughan Chamber of Commerce, calls for Metrolinx to work with regional transit operators in the GTHA to implement an integrated fare structure, and to equitably distribute those fare dollars among the participating operators.

The OCC’s Annual General Meeting was held virtually on September 29, 2020. All policy resolutions presented at the event were drafted prior to the pandemic. In total, 35 resolutions were approved by Ontario’s chamber network, representing 60,000 members in 140 communities across Ontario. These policies will inform the OCC’s advocacy work in the year ahead.

The full Compendium of Policy Resolutions for 2020-2023 will be posted to the OCC website in the coming days.

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Established in 1955, the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade (APBOT) is the voice of business in Ajax and Pickering, ON. With 600+ members, APBOT represents an array of business sectors and small to large organizations. APBOT is part of the nation-wide network of Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, as well as the Joint Chambers of Durham. For more information regarding the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade, visit:

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Samantha Paterson, Communications & Policy Specialist, Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade