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Ontario Helping Main Street Businesses Modernize and Grow

Province Expands Program to Help Small Businesses Adopt Digital Technologies April 9, 2018 9:05 A.M. –  Small Business Ontario is supporting main street businesses to modernize the way they do business and attract customers by helping them adopt new digital technologies and build online presence. Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business, and Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, made

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Ontario Ban on Door-to-Door Sales in Effect as of March 1

      New Law will Protect Consumers at Home February 23, 2018 10:00 A.M.  Ministry of Government and Consumer Services Starting March 1, 2018, Ontario will ban unsolicited, door-to-door sales of certain household appliances to better protect consumers from aggressive and misleading contracting at home. Businesses will only be able to enter into a contract in the consumer’s home if

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Dragons’ Den Auditions 2018!

Dragons’ Den is calling on all aspiring entrepreneurs to present their business pitches for a chance to be featured next season on CBC. Beginning in Toronto on February 10, the audition tour will be open to the public, as producers hit the road visiting Canadian cities coast-to-coast in search of the country’s best business ideas in need of a Dragon

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Funding: Canada Summer Jobs 2018 – Applications Open December 19

From: Employment and Social Development Canada Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities. Canada Summer Jobs: provides work experiences for students supports organizations, including those that provide important community services; and recognizes that local circumstances, community needs and

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Ontario Launches New Export Business Portal

Web Portal Helps Businesses Maximize International Market Potential November 6, 2017 10:00 A.M.  Ministry of International Trade Ontario is boosting access to resources for exporters with the new Magnet Export Business Portal, the first of its kind in Canada. This new web portal will help connect Ontario exporters with the tools and content they need to succeed in international markets. The

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Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch – Deadline March 22

  Presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) and the Government of Ontario, the Young Entrepreneurs, Make Your Pitch competition invites high school students in Ontario to pitch their business ideas in a two-minute video. Videos are judged through online public voting (40%) and expert judges’ scores (60%). Twenty finalists are chosen who are awarded a trip to Toronto to pitch their ideas live at OCE’s

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Applications For Artrepreneur York Region Now Open!

Deadline for Applications: Sunday, February 4, 2018 by Midnight Duration of Program: In Class: Tuesday Evenings March 27 – June 26, 2018 Expo: July 2018 TBA Location: Georgina Arts Centre & Gallery Plus: Exciting new $5,000 grant opportunity for Artrepreneur York Region Participants Click here to apply for Artrepreneur York Region Cohort 5. About Artrepreneur Artrepreneur is a program designed to equip independent artists, arts administrators and creative entrepreneurs

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Free CPR Awareness Lunch and Learn

40,000 cardiac arrests occur in Canada each year. Bystanders only act and perform CPR 15% of the time. You have the power to change this.

York Region Paramedic Services is offering free CPR sessions for York Region businesses in the month of November in celebration of CPR Month. Become a lifesaver with your co-workers & employees!

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Government Moves to Reduce Small Business Tax Rate

October 16, 2017 – Markham, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada

When you have an economy that works for the middle class, you have a country that works for everyone. The Government of Canada has already taken the first steps by lowering taxes for middle class Canadians, and is committed to ensuring that unintended advantages are not being used by high-income and wealthy individuals to pay less than their fair share in taxes.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Small Business and Tourism Minister Bardish Chagger today announced that, as it has committed, the Government intends to lower the small business tax rate to 10 per cent, effective January 1, 2018, and to 9 per cent, effective January 1, 2019. To support this change, the Government will take steps to ensure that Canadian-controlled private corporation (CCPC) status is not used to reduce personal income tax obligations for high-income earners rather than supporting small businesses.

Based on what it heard from Canadians in a series of country-wide consultations on tax planning using private corporations, the Government will this week set out its approach to better target strategies used by the relatively small number of high-income individuals who get the biggest advantage from existing tax rules.

Ministers Chagger and Morneau today announced the Government’s intention to simplify the proposal to limit the ability of owners of private corporations to lower their personal income taxes by sprinkling their income to family members who do not contribute to the business. The vast majority of private corporations will not be impacted by the proposed income sprinkling measures. Corporations with family members who meaningfully contribute to the business will not be impacted by the proposed measures on income sprinkling. In addition, the Government today announced it will not be moving forward with proposed measures to limit access to the Lifetime Capital Gains Exemption.

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Providing Small Businesses with Better Access to Government Support and Procurement Opportunities

Providing Small Businesses with Better Access to Government Support and Procurement Opportunities

Province Announces New Measures to Celebrate Small Business Week

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Ontario is helping small businesses grow by providing better access to government support services and procurement opportunities.

Jeff Leal, Minister Responsible for Small Business, made the announcement today in Toronto, alongside Richard Koroscil, Interim President and CEO of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce.

Ontario will designate 33 per cent of its procurement spending to small and medium-sized businesses by 2020, which will be supported by initiatives to improve the process by making it easier for businesses to submit bids.

The province has also launched a new program called Small Business Access, which will provide resources online and over the phone to make it easier for small businesses to interact with the government and get the supports they need. The government is partnering with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and working with small businesses to promote awareness of this new dedicated service.

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