On January 17, 2018, CIAC President and CEO Bob Masterson addressed Ontario’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs outlining the chemistry sector’s strategies for attracting new investment and increasing economic growth
About Don Fusco
Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations - Ontario
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On October 3, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) hosted the Ontario East/West Leadership Group and Economic Development Advocacy Day in Toronto.
MPPs shed light on their parties’ economic development plans and policies to support competitiveness, growth and investment attraction for manufacturing, specifically the chemistry industry, as preparations for the June 2018 election unfold.
The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) welcomes Minister Ballard’s announcement of a comprehensive air quality and health impacts study for the Sarnia community. The Association has always been a strong advocate of such studies with both the Ontario and federal governments.
On August 1, 2017, the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) provided comments to the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth Red Tape Challenge consultation of the chemical manufacturing sector.
CIAC strongly urges member-companies to help raise the profile of the Association’s comments and recommendations by creating your own user profile and providing your support, anecdotes and company stories along with those posted by CIAC.
On August 1, 2017, CIAC provided comments to the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth Red Tape Challenge consultation of the chemical manufacturing sector. The full submission is available here.
On June 21, CIAC met with the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Glen Murray, to discuss post-2020 carbon policies for the province and their effect on the chemistry industry.
CIAC believes that in the post-2020 regulatory environment, it is important for Ontario’s greenhouse gas policy to not shift manufacturing activity out of the province to higher carbon footprint jurisdictions.
On May 18, CIAC participated in meeting with the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth’s Open for Business Division, in preparation for the Red Tape Challenge chemicals manufacturing consultation. The team appreciated CIAC’s comments on the key burdens facing the industry and will engage with partner Ministries to address these comments.
CIAC, along with the Canadian Fuels Association co-sponsored the recent Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) annual general meeting in Sarnia. “Co-sponsoring the AGM was a natural fit for CIAC as Sarnia-Lambton is the primary cluster for our respective members and OCC’s core mandate is to support economic growth in Ontario by defending business priorities at Queen’s Park,” said Don Fusco, CIAC Director of Government and Stakeholder Relations – Ontario at CIAC.
The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) participated in the Ontario PC Party Blue Ribbon Panel on Pipelines, Oil, Natural Gas and Propane on April 19. “Industrial electricity policy must move beyond load shifting programs as the chemistry sector has limited opportunity to take advantage of them as many facilities operate on a continuous basis,” said CIAC’s Don Fusco, who attended the meeting.
On May 5, 2017, CIAC hosted a roundtable with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and representatives from the Sarnia-Lambton chemistry cluster at Lambton College to discuss trade with the United States and opportunities to grow and evolve the cluster.
The Sarnia-Lambton evolving chemistry cluster is important to the local and Ontario economy. Trade and maintaining access to the U.S. and global markets is essential for its continued growth.