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APBOT Resolutions Call for Better Supports for Employers

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APBOT Resolutions Pass at Ontario Chamber of Commerce AGM


APBOT President Christine Ashton presenting a resolution at the OCC AGM

MUSKOKA, May 6, 2018 – The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade (APBOT) is proud to have advanced the interest of our members at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) Annual General Meeting, in Muskoka from May 2 to 5.  The Board of Trade presented two resolutions and was successful in seeing them both passed.

“The resolutions we brought forward advocated for supporting employers,” said Christine Ashton, 2019 APBOT President, and a partner and lawyer for Wilson Vukelich LLP. “We’re addressing areas where the resources and information for business owners can be strengthened. The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade is happy for the opportunity provided at the OCC AGM to highlight areas of concern for our members, and advocate for change.”

APBOT brought forward two resolutions:

  • Addressing Employment Standards Act” called for employers to receive a copy of any claim filed against them under the ESA, something they do not currently receive.
  • Improving Support for Employers” asked for the Office of the Employer Advisor to expand its mandate to provide expert, free and confidential advice to employers on worker disability and leave related issues under the Ontario Human Rights Code.

In addition to passing the aforementioned resolutions, APBOT also cosponsored a sunsetting resolution, entitled “Improve Workforce Competitiveness for Rural Communities and Small Urban Centres by Creating a Flexible Apprenticeship Program”. The resolution called for a pilot project to allow small and medium-sized employers in small urban centres and rural communities to apply for an apprenticeship ratio increase. At the OCC AGM there was a total of 29 resolutions debated.

The leaders of all three of Ontario’s main political parties were also on hand for the AGM, to individually address the audience of chamber and business leaders and to offer their support. The Ontario Chamber Network currently represents 60,000 members in 135 communities across Ontario.

Central at the AGM were thoughts for the victims of the recent severe weather and flooding in Muskoka. The Council members of the APBOT were inspired to match the OCC’s donation to Muskoka Victim Services.

The full Compendium of Policy Resolutions for 2019-2022 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

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