CME presented to the Ontario Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs in the context of the Pre-Budget Consultations.
CME advocated for three core priorities that emerged from consultations with members.
- First, we must create a competitive business environment in Ontario that, through tax and regulatory reform and lower electricity prices, reduces business costs and encourages growth and production.
- Second, skills and labour shortages must be addressed through improving technical skills training of youth and increase support for industry-led training and skills-development initiatives.
- Third, supportive investment programs and policies must be introduced to drive both foreign and domestic investment and assist companies with scale-up, technology adoption, and product commercialization.