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Become part of Milton’s most comprehensive business organization by joining the Milton Chamber of Commerce. By being part of the Milton Chamber of Commerce, your membership endorses the tradition of promoting economic prosperity through customer service, fair practice and allaround business excellence. NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES Take advantage of member networking opportunities that will help you expand your business. Attend beneficial speaker breakfasts, seminars and other events. Your membership will provide exposure for your business, let your membership pay for itself! We encourage you to attend any or all of these events: • Business After Hours Events • Milton Young Professionals • CLIC - Chamber Library Information Cohort • Special Events and Programs
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SOCIAL NETWORKING We actively engage and are members of Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to stay current in the digital market. Chat with us to exchange information on programs, events and initiatives. ADVOCACY The Chamber ensures the interests of local businesses are in the forefront of municipal, provincial and federal government decision-making. A key objective of the Milton Chamber of Commerce is to be an advocate for Milton business. The Chamber works on your behalf. Our alliances with other Chambers and Boards of Trade, including the Ontario and Canadian Chambers, provide us with information and access to all levels of
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government. We carry the collective and individual views of Chamber members to all levels of government to ensure that your voice is heard. BE INFORMED Chamber members receive a subscription to the Chamber Business to Business Newsletter and eNewsletter membership communications. “The Voice of Business” is a bi-monthly newsletter send to all Chamber members and to all Milton businesses 6 times a year. It provides up to date information on current Chamber events, membership services and the latest policy and advocacy news. GAIN EXPOSURE Members are entitled to discounted rates for our publications and events. We also offer many other ways to expose your business in Milton including online advertising, print ads and sponsorships. MEMBER BENEFITS Take advantage of the Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan, the Chamber’s ESSO Fleet Program, Home and Auto Insurance Discount Plan and get First Data VISA, Interac and MasterCard discounts. BE INVOLVED There are many chances to get involved with the Milton Chamber by volunteering on one of the Chamber’s many committees. Visit www.miltonchamber.ca for a list of all Milton Chamber committees.
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BUSINESS AFTER HOURS AND MILTON YOUNG PROFESSIONALS Wednesday, July 17, 2019 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Vin Bon Milton 50 Steeles Ave East Unit 4
JOINT BUSINESS AFTER HOURS Business After Hours is open to all Chamber Members in the Halton Region Thursday, August 15, 2019 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Nuvo Networks 1295 N Service Road, Burlington MILTON YOUNG PROFESSIONALS SUMMER SOCIAL Wednesday, August 21, 2019 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Country Heritage Park 8560 Tremaine Rd.
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Host a Business After Hours WANT TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS AND GET NEW CUSTOMERS IN THE DOOR? HOSTING AN EVENT AT YOUR LOCATION CAN BE A GREAT WAY TO INCREASE YOUR EXPOSURE TO POTENTIAL CUSTOMERS AND SHOW WHAT YOUR BUSINESS OFFERS. Business After Hours (BAH) is a monthly, casual evening networking event hosted by a Milton Chamber member. The BAH event series takes place on the fourth Tuesday of each month (excluding June and December) from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm. If you’re a Milton Chamber member you can be a venue host or co-host for a Business After Hours.* Hosting a BAH is an excellent way to establish bonds and promote your business to fellow Milton Chamber members. Your reception will be promoted on our website and through our e-blasts (which are sent to our members that have opted to receive them). As a BAH host, we suggest that you provide complimentary appetizers for the reception and a complimentary wine and beer, as well as non-alcoholic choices. July/August 2019
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IT’S SUMMERTIME! Along with the nicer weather, there are also Chamber signs of summertime. One of the most obvious is our Milton Farmers’ Market. The Market is a continuing success story in bring farm fresh products to the Milton shoppers. We are grateful to have a tremendous variety of vendors and products. As well, we are grateful to all those Miltonians and other area residents that shop the Saturday morning Market.
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We recently had a joint celebration at the Market. We recognized the excellence of local students who had won the scholarships provided by the Chamber. We also recognized Wilfrid Laurier University for their contributions to our community and their support of the Farmers’ Market itself. What a treat to see all the Laurier purple shopping bags being carried up and down the Market. Thanks to Laurier President Deb MacLatchy for being with us and for the Laurier partnership. Thanks also to Mayor Gord Krantz, MP Lisa Raitt, and MPP Parm Gill for joining in the celebrations.
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key issue discussed is the need for crossboundary transit. Specifically, the need for a “Steeles bus” connecting Mississauga and Milton and bringing a much needed pool of employees to Milton. In late June, Town Council received the final draft of the transit plan. In there, was the recommendation to have the transit connection between Mississauga’s Lisgar GO station and the Milton station. The Chamber was pleased along with our member, DSV Solutions to speak at Council in support of the Steels bus. Council approved the draft transit plan, which will now go for further study and budget considerations. STAFFING NEWS It’s never easy to lose an integral part of a staff team. But, unfortunately, I need to announce that Melissa Janjevich had decided to leave the Chamber to spend more time with her young family. Melissa has been such a stellar performer in her role as our Membership & Advertising Sales rep. Of course, she has also been a huge help in our events, committees, and community relations. She is also a great friend. We will truly miss her and her infectious laugh being in the office every day.
TRANSIT SERVICE REVIEW As I’ve mentioned before, the Town of Milton has been working on its Transit Service Review and Master Plan Update. The Chamber’s HR Roundtable has been very proactive in meeting Milton Transit and its consultants to talk about the transit needs of local businesses. One
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Milton Chamber Presents the 2019 Scholarships The Milton Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce this year’s scholarship recipients. The $1,000 scholarships were presented on June 8, 2019. The Milton Chamber Scholarship Fund is supported in part by the proceeds from the Milton Farmers’ Market Scholarship Café. To increase awareness of this fundraising effort, the Milton Chamber of Commerce hosted the 2019 Scholarship Presentation Ceremony at the Milton Farmers’ Market. Since 1990, the Milton Chamber of Commerce has offered $1,000 scholarships to students attending their first year of post-secondary education; one for a student from each Milton high school including E.C. Drury for the Deaf, one for a high school student registered in an Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program and one for a child of a Chamber member.
The Milton Chamber is pleased to announce the 2019 Scholarship recipients in the following categories: • Jessica Brown – Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School • Julia Marques – Jean Vanier Catholic Secondary School • Maria Mihu – Bishop Reding Catholic Secondary School • Annika Peck – Milton District High School • Brooke Playter – Craig Kielburger Secondary School • Michaela Trevisan – Child of a Chamber Member The Milton Farmers’ Market is presented in partnership with Wilfrid Free Laurier University
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ACCSELL REALTY 2560 Matheson Blvd., Unit 119 Mississauga, ON L4W 4Z3 Contact: Shelly Howe, Realtor 416-884-8286 www.shellyhowe.com Real estate is how I have chosen to support my family, it’s my passion and it’s my career! I will help you create a budget that you can live with. Find a lender who you can work with and buy a house you can call a home! I am applying to be YOUR real estate agent! ADIL LAW PROFESSIONAL CORPORATION 55 Ontario St. S. Unit 204 Milton, ON L9T 2M3 Contact: Adil Farooq, Lawyer 905-502-7474 www.adillaw.ca Providing high quality legal advice through an efficiently managed professional practice we assist our clients in obtaining their desired outcome. The Adil Law’s top priority is to provide excellent client service and creative approach to address their legal issues. We speak English, Urdu, Hindi, Tagalog and Punjabi allowing us to better serve the Canadian multicultural communities.
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APPLIANCE HOUSE 547 Main St. E., Unit 16-19 Milton, ON L9T 3J2 Contact: Lien Sen, Owner 905-876-8988 www.appliancehouse.ca With over 20 years experience, owner Lien Sen knows what it takes to build long term relationships with generations of happy customers. Whether replacing an old unit or planning a custom home, Appliance House should be your first stop. We have the products, the expertise, and the dedication to provide the best customer experience to each of our clients. ZUMIN REAL ESTATE CENTRE, BROKERAGE 3-1210 Lorimar Dr. Mississauga, ON L5S 1R2 Contact: Vinny Kalsi, Sales Rep. 905-599-0219 www.vinnykalsi.com With exclusive real estate programs that are designed to cater to your individual needs, Zumin realtors will help you maximize your dollar through their knowledge of effective market data, real estate investments, and value added changes. Our programs help you unlock the true potential of your home through renovations, and our proven track record and years of real estate experience.
GOODLIFE MILTON STEELES 855 Steeles Ave. e. Milton, ON L9T 5H3 Contact: Jonathan Webb, GM 905-876-3488 www.goodlifefitness.com Goodlife Fitness Centres Inc. is the largest health club company in Canada with over 400 locations across Canada. Working out at Goodlife gives you access to everything you need to reach your fitness goals, from free fitness classes, to certified Personal Trainers. You’ll wonder why you didn’t start sooner. GRACEWAY BAPTIST CHURCH 103 Martin St Milton, ON L9T 2R3 Contact: Scott Ashby, Assoc. Pastor 905-878-1629 www.gracewaybaptist.org As an independent Baptist church in Milton since 1982, we seek to minister to the people of Milton and surrounding areas. We maintain a strong focus on the truth of God’s Word. Though Sermons, discussion, teaching times, song and prayer, we glorify God and draw closer to Him. The best way to learn more about us is to visit our Sunday morning worship service.
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MILTON BLINDS INC. Milton, ON Contact: Vikki Rozon, President 905-876-9057 www.miltonblinds.com Milton Blinds is an award winning window covering company servicing the Halton region and surrounding area since 2006. We specialize in residential and commercial custom window treatment sales and installation with customer services as our primary focus. NATSCO 375 Bronte St. N Milton, ON L9T 3N7 Contact: Mike Roy, Exec. VP 905-876-0255 www.natsco.ca Natsco is a Canadian own company supplying products and services for
passenger transit buses and trains in public transportation throughout North America. QUALITY DETAILZ 781 Main St. E. Milton, ON L9T 5A9 Contact: Marcus Miller, Owner 905-699-5995 www.qualitydetailz.ca To hold the utmost quality to our customers while setting a new standard in the auto-care industry through our world-class service, products & education.
distribution and strategic marketing company, specializes in curating natural and effective skin care solutions for the spa and wellness industry. We only distribute products that we believe in to deliver genuinely natural solutions for beauty and skin care.
SKINSIMPLY HOLISTIC BEAUTY 181 Main St. E., Unit 6 Milton, ON L9T 1N7 www.skinsimply.com Contact: Rosanna Conteduca, coowner 416-662-6864 Skinsimply, a Canadian wholesale
Renewing members Thanks to the following businesses for their continued support.
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Adult Learning Centre - Literacy North Halton
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Air Liquide Canada Inc.
Best Western Plus Milton Inn
Aird & Berlis LLP Allegro Freight Services Inc. Aquapure Water Systems Co. Bahr Saddlery Ltd.
Bell World - WPCI Betty Pacheco, Bookkeeper, Data Entry, Business Visions Bob Bayntonâ€™s Carpentry
Bob Rumball Canadian Centre of Excellence for the Deaf Cabinet Dimensions Inc. Cannonball Pools Inc. CCV Insurance and Financial Services Centre - Skills Development & Training: Milton Employment Services Centre - Skills Development & Training:
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Uline Canada Corp. FEATURED RENEWING MEMBER
In 1980, after recognizing a local need for a shipping supply distributor, Liz and Dick Uihlein started Uline from their basement. Their first product was the H-101 carton sizer (still offered today). It sold far beyond their expectations and encouraged the Uihleins to add more products to the catalog. Uline has steadily grown and continues to be a family owned and run business. The product line has expanded to include
industrial, packaging, shipping, material handling, retail and janitorial supplies, including over 1,550 shipping box sizes alone. The 788-page Uline catalog reaches businesses nationwide, offering 36,500 products with quick delivery. Today, with over 6,200 employees in North America, Uline has Canadian locations in Milton, Edmonton and Vancouver, along with branches in Chicago, Minneapolis, Allentown, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Seattle and Mexico. To support our Canadian growth, we moved into our 620,000 square foot, 97 dock door facility in Milton in 2017. We continue to grow at a rapid pace and are
actively hiring for Warehouse Associates, Customer Service and Sales Reps. Uline is a proud member of the Milton community, supporting Halton Childrenâ€™s Aid, Habitat for Humanity, and Salvation Army Milton. Come work for a fast-paced growing company with lots of career growth opportunities. Visit Uline.jobs for more information.
Milton Blinds Inc. FEATURED NEW MEMBER
Since 2006, Milton Blinds Inc. has been servicing residential clients and commercial properties in Milton and the surrounding area. Our team offers in home or onsite consultations where the show room is conveniently brought to you. Window covering specialist Vikki Rozon can lead home owners and large or small commercial institutes to product solutions that will work well in the space in need while considering lighting, privacy, energy efficiency and dĂŠcor. Providing our clients with guidance and education is key to making a wellinformed decision. Our focus is to review all blind and shutter details, functionality options (manual, cordless, motorized) and recommending products that will compliment the look you desire within a one-hour appointment. Milton Blinds offers a large selection
of window covering options and manufacturers. Explore the colossal variety of colours, textures and fabrics. Whether you are looking for neutral, fresh and light or warm, cozy and inviting or modern, sleek and clean Milton Blinds provides lots to choose from. Milton Blinds can also assist with budget proposals, logistics and execution for residential renovations, expansions and new business development. Celebrating award window covering sales, service and workmanship Milton Blinds strives to bring you the latest in trends, tips and tricks, child safety and technology. Once you have chosen the perfect window treatments for your home or office space, trust us to provide you with the most efficient and professional installation. Our great reviews and testimonials are a testament
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Thanks to the following businesses for their continued support.
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Milton Languages/Newcomer Services
RBC Royal Bank - Milton Business Banking
Chudleigh’s Apple Farm Ltd.
Kim Family Chiropractic
RBC Royal Bank - Milton Mall
La Rose Specialty Foods & Fine Italian Bakery
RBC Royal Bank of Canada
CN Conservation Halton
Country Heritage Park
Safeguard Marketing Solutions Ltd.
LegalShield - Darryl Campbell
Crime Stoppers of Halton
Seasons Milton Retirement Community
CTH Business Solutions Dan Lawrie Insurance Brokers
Redmond & Company Inc.
Marco Ottino (Realtor)
Spotless Janitorial Services Inc
DeHoog Piano Movers
Meat Terminal/JVB Meats
Destination Campbellville Community Association
MGM Consulting Milton Chrysler Dodge Ltd.
Steam-Era - Ontario Steam & Antique Preservers’ Association
Milton Equine Hospital
Stonegate Properties Inc.
Moffatt Scrap Iron & Metal Inc.
First Professional Collision & Paint Inc.
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Tielemans Fine Flooring
Fresh Start Odour Treatment
National Sales Inc.
TOS America Inc.
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New Life Church
Uline Canada Corp.
Given Road West Communications
NuTech Conveyor Components Inc.
Utter/Morris Insurance Brokers Limited
Gryphon Law Chambers Professional Corporation
Ontario Cycling Association
Valbruna Canada Ltd.
Gryphon Taxi Services
Oxford Properties Group
Walker Machinery Ltd.
Paquette & Travers Professional Corporation
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Peel Halton Workforce Development Group PEEL Landscape Depot Primary Electrical Supply RBC Royal Bank - Bronte & Louis St. Laurent RBC Royal Bank - Derry & Bronte RBC Royal Bank - James Snow Parkway
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The following companies have generously supported the events of the Milton Chamber of Commerce. COMMUNITY AWARDS GALA
Aimco Solrec Limited Austen and Noble Insurance Brokers Ltd. Bell Canadian Champion CN Cogeco Crozier & Associates Consulting Engineers Danielle’s Florals Dufferin Aggregates Enable Education GavCom Media Productions Inc. Granite Ridge Golf Club Halton Region Small Business Centre McLaren Press Graphics Ltd. Miltowne Insurance Services Inc. MTB Transit Solutions Robert (Pie) Lee Insurance Agency ROCKWOOL Style + Swoon Tandia Financial Credit Union Limited The Albatross Restaurant at Granite Ridge Golf Club - Jimmy D. The Flower Mill
MAYOR’S BREAKFAST Bell Mattamy Homes OLG
Allegra Marketing Print Mail Chudleigh’s Ltd. Cogeco Crozier & Associates Consulting Engineers Dufferin Aggregates Fedar Investments proud partner at Granite Ridge Golf Club HJMAC Inc. - McDonald’s Insurance Bureau of Canada Mattamy Homes Limited Milton Menace Junior A Hockey Club Miltowne Insurance Services Inc. myFM - My Broadcasting Corporation O’Connor MacLeod Hanna LLP
Oxford Properties Group PROforma U-Want-One ROCKWOOL Toronto West KOA Campground Wallace Chevrolet Buick Cadillac Ltd. Wilfrid Laurier University
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APD Printing Inc. Arthur Electric Inc. Canadian Champion Chudleigh’s Ltd. ClubLink Corporation CN Cogeco Fedar Investments proud partner at Granite Ridge Golf Club GavCom Media Productions Inc. Gordon Food Service Canada Ltd. Impact Logistics Inc. Jackson Events Manulife Investments RBC Royal Bank Robert (Pie) Lee Insurance Agency ROCKWOOL Style + Swoon Woodbine Entertainment Group U-Need Storage - A Durante Group Company
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Small Business Insurance Plan enjoyed by over 25,000 Canadian firms Chambers Plan has been providing small business health insurance since 1970, offering flexible benefit plans with comprehensive coverage to employees and their families, at rates usually enjoyed by larger firms. Thousands of small business owners across Canada join Chambers Plan each year. Chambers Plan is a pooled benefit plan, meaning insurance premiums are based on the average of claims across all participants. When your claims are bundled together, costs stay manageable and predictable without any one firm ever being singled out for an increase. From health and dental insurance to critical illness and disability insurance, the Chambers Plan offers Canada’s #1 small business insurance plan! Request your small business insurance quote; it takes less than one minute! Your Chambers Plan advisor will answer your questions and build a comprehensive plan that meets your needs and fits your budget. IT’S A FACT: EMPLOYEES VALUE HEALTH INSURANCE Today, a comprehensive health insurance plan is a prerequisite to hiring and retaining qualified employees. In fact, 77% of members say they wouldn’t move to a job that didn’t include health benefits. Many small business owners feel they can’t afford to provide benefits for their employees—but with Chambers Plan it’s possible to fit a comprehensive benefits plan into any budget. It’s a fact: thousands of Canadian small businesses just like yours join Chambers Plan each year. WHAT KINDS OF BUSINESSES USE CHAMBERS PLAN? Businesses across many industries take advantage of a pooled benefits program from
the Chambers Of Commerce Group Insurance Plan: • Small businesses: for-profit businesses with as few as one employee. Guaranteed coverage available to businesses with three or more employees. • Home-based businesses: looking for a flexible benefit plan that “fills the gaps” left by provincial health coverage. • Agricultural businesses: year round protection for those farming, raising fish or livestock. For more information request a quote! Your Chambers Plan advisor will contact you to answer your questions and discuss a custom group insurance plan to meet your needs and budget. 5 WAYS YOUR SMALL BUSINESS CAN BENEFIT FROM CHAMBERS INSURANCE Five key features set the Chambers Plan apart from other group benefit plans, making it the ideal small business insurance plan: • Pooled benefits stabilize your firm’s rates at renewal. • Coverage is guaranteed renewable. • Local and national support for you and your employees. Ask your local advisor or call our Service Centre toll-free for answers. • The Plan can be administered anytime, anywhere with my-benefits® software. • Your health and dental claims are usually paid within 48 hours. Direct deposit is available. CONTACT ROGER LAUZON AT MILTOWNE INSURANCE SERVICES INC. 905-878-1633 ROGERL@MILTOWNEINSURANCE.COM
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Excitement was in the air as racers assembled at the Milton Sports Centre’s outdoor basketball courts for the first challenge in the 2019 Incredible Race on Tuesday, May 28. More than 45 racers, participated in challenges at 10 venues that ranged from physical to cerebral and took them to businesses across the Town of Milton boundaries. Each venue was asked to create a challenge that reflected their business and that gave the racers a chance to do something interesting and/or unsual. This year’s challenges saw racers: • Work through a puzzle mix-up and faced off in games of Bump at Milton Community Park • Search through Downtown Milton led by the Downtown Milton BIA • Take part in a real estate rodeo at Forest Hill Real Estate Inc. Keystone • Work through a memory challenge at
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Tandia Financial Credit Union • Constructing bridges at MEV Innovation Centre • Set an table Milton Banquet & Conference Centre • Work together on screen at Enable Education • Learn to light a fire at Toronto West KOA to get to the finish line The final challenge took place at Elements Mohawk Casino where they would be watched by the attendees at the May Business After Hours. The final multipart challenge included the first 4 teams competing in a game of blackjack and then moving on to roll two sets of double in a craps game. The Purple Problem Solvers from Grant Thronton LPP where able to beat the defending champions Intrige Media to become the 2019 Incredible Race Champions.
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Make It YOUR Business... 70% of those suffering from domestic violence are victimized while at work. Employers are now obligated by law to protect employees experiencing abuse in the workplace. (Make It Our Business. Bill 168)
Learn how to recognize and respond to signs of domestic violence and how to help your employees and co-workers find the support they need. Halton Women’s Place facilitates the Government of Ontario-funded public education campaign, Neighbours, Friends and Families, to community groups and businesses. The presentation focuses on the impact of gender based violence in the workplace, and outlines the responsibilities of employers to “take every reasonable precaution” to protect their employees. For more information on how to book a session for your workplace, please contact Laurie Hepburn, Clinical Manager: 905-332-1200 ext. 224.
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MILTON CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENT
A Great Day on the Links The 30th Annual Milton Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament presented by Cogeco took place on Tuesday, June 11 at Granite Ridge Golf Club. Under a beautiful summer sky, over 185 golfers joined in on the links. As golfers trekked through the course, they participated in on-course contests and games and even fire the air cannon sponsored by C.F. Crozier & Associates, all while meeting new connections and strengthening existing relationships.
As teams finished their rounds, they retired to the Club House to enjoy The Albatross Restaurant’s wonderful hospitality and chat about the day. The much anticipated dinner was followed by an awards presentation. Our Low Gross Overall Trophy was awarded to the team of • Jeff Bergsma, Bergsma’s Paint & Décor • Stephen Mangotich, The Vault • Cameron Griffin • Marcus Rodrigues
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Alcohol and Interprovincial Trade Barriers Buckle up, let’s hop in the time machine and take a spin back to July 2017. Canadians are celebrating Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation, and businesses are trying to decipher the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) that had just been enacted following two years of federal-provincial-territorial negotiations. The result of these negotiations was an agreement that was, in their words not ours, “a comprehensive set of rules that will help achieve a modern and competitive economic union for all Canadians.” As the CFTA was coming into force, there were signs this comprehensive set of rules was not all it was cracked up to be. During the CFTA negotiations, provinces and territories could not agree on opening up Canada’s archaic interprovincial alcohol rules and specifically excluded them from the agreement. Instead, they announced the creation of an alcohol beverages working group to assess options for liberalizing trade in alcohol. Okay, back in the time machine we go. It is July 2018 in beautiful Saint Andrews, New Brunswick, where premiers are meeting to consider the recommendations from 12 months of negotiations by the working group. At this time, the provinces are only three months removed from the Supreme Court ruling in R. v. Comeau, which upheld that provinces and territories have broad constitutional authority to enact traderestricting legislation. We were an intervener in this case and argued before the Supreme Court for a modern interpretation of our constitution that would guarantee free trade among the provinces and territories. Fresh off the Supreme Court’s ruling preserving internal trade restrictions that the provinces
had argued for, surely they would be eager to demonstrate to businesses and consumers that they were ready to take action on their own terms to liberalize alcohol trade, right? Wrong. They also “directed ministers to consider options to increase consumer choice and access to alcoholic beverages, and ensure that any proposed changes be done in a socially and fiscally responsible way.” As our President and CEO Perrin Beatty outlined in an op-ed with the Canadian Vintners Association afterwards, this progress was not a policy breakthrough for consumers or for Canadian wineries. Next stop in our time machine is December 2018 in Montreal, Québec, where the premiers are meeting yet again to demonstrate “progress” in reducing interprovincial trade barriers. A meeting only five months after the last must surely mean there was a big breakthrough in alcohol negotiations, right? Wrong. At the meeting, premiers reiterated that provinces and territories were moving to address personal exemption limits for individual transport and announced they were “developing an action plan to enhance trade in alcoholic beverages.” Their announcement also confidently stated that, “premiers have tasked responsible ministers with overseeing the timely implementation of this plan.” Here we go, back in the time machine to a few weeks ago. It is May 2019, and the federal, provincial and territorial internal trade ministers are meeting again to unveil more “progress” on alcohol trade. Surely, this is finally the moment we would get glimpse of what “timely implementation” of a plan to liberalize alcohol trade would look like, right? Wrong. Instead, ministers announced that govern-
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ments had agreed to adopt the “action plan” alluded to in the previous meeting. The action plan includes a potpourri of bold commitments such as “developing an online bilingual information hub” for alcohol manufacturers, provinces and territories working “to make basic information on pricing policies for alcoholic beverages publicly available” and a “technically-focused working group to assess the feasibility of direct-to consumer sales.” For those less familiar with the dialect of internal trade speak, “action plan” translates loosely to “we cannot agree to anything major and will continue to kick this can down the road until our next meeting and next action plan.” You might not have seen any news coverage of the May 2019 meeting because there was barely any. Why should consumers and businesses pay any more attention to the perpetual promise machine that is interprovincial alcohol negotiations? Why should we have any confidence in CFTA if after years of negotiations, our governments still cannot agree to let us order a case of wine or beer from out of province? Because the stakes are too high. In the face of overwhelming bureaucratic inertia and a lack of political leadership, the business community will continue to propose constructive solutions to Canada’s internal trade malaise. As part of our 2019 Vote Prosperity election platform, we are calling for a full review of the CFTA to establish an agreement that allows for actual free trade in this country. From July 9 to 11, just a few weeks from now, the Council of the Federation will meet in Saskatoon for its annual meeting. Undoubtedly, premiers will talk tough or announce a new plan or promise to improve interprovincial trade. Sadly, given their poor record removing these trade barriers, we do not need to take our time machine into the future to know we are just going to get more of the same.
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