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CIAC hosts Ontario Leadership Group with key government officials

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.

Ontario’s Red Tape Challenge – Have you made your submission?

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.

Ontario industry needs post-2020 carbon policy

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.

Unnecessary regulatory burden in Ontario adds time, effort, complexity and costs to chemistry sector’s operations.

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 co-sponsored Ontario Chamber of Commerce AGM

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.

CIAC attends PC Party of Ontario Blue Ribbon Panel on Pipelines, Oil, Natural Gas and Propane

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.

CIAC meets with Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne to discuss Ontario-U.S. chemistry industry trade issues

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. 

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