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Date: October 21, 2019

Business Week 2019

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Date: October 21, 2019 7:00 pm

Beginner Bridge Lessons

Beginner bridge lessons starting Monday, Oct. 21 to Nov. 11 from 7-9 pm at the North Bay Duplicate Bridge Club located at 245 Oak Street East, Suite 101, North Bay. Four lessons, four weeks- $20.00. Come out and learn th…

Beginner bridge lessons starting Monday, Oct. 21 to Nov. 11 from 7-9 pm at the North Bay Duplicate Bridge Club located at 245 Oak Street East, Suite 101, North Bay. Four lessons, four weeks- $20.00. Come out and learn the game of bridge, challenge your brain, and meet new friends. Lessons will be taught by Mike Beauchamp. For more information call Sue at 705-472-8271 or the club at 705-476-2345.

Date: October 22, 2019

Pinty's Grand Slam of Curling

Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling – Masters is coming to North Bay!

October 22 to 27, 2019 at North Bay Memorial Gardens

15 mens and womens teams from around the world.

Tickets available at <…

Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling – Masters is coming to North Bay!

October 22 to 27, 2019 at North Bay Memorial Gardens

15 mens and womens teams from around the world.

Tickets available at THEGRANDSLAMOFCURLING.COM

Date: October 24, 2019 8:00 am

Succession Planning Panel

Celebrating Business Week 2019 – Presented by RBC Royal Bank with an expert panel from Valin Partners, Grant Thornton and RBC Financial Planning.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 – 8 am to 9 am @ the Hampton…

Celebrating Business Week 2019 – Presented by RBC Royal Bank with an expert panel from Valin Partners, Grant Thornton and RBC Financial Planning.

Thursday, October 24, 2019 – 8 am to 9 am @ the Hampton Inn

Please RSVP to Paul Daigle at RBC, 705-472-5702 or email him at paul.daigle@rbc.com

Or call the Chamber office, 705-472-8480

Date: October 24, 2019 7:00 pm

Craft & Crafts 2019

At the Capitol Centre.  Check their web page by clicking HERE.

News

You are welcome to provide your information to Patti Carr, VP of Policy and Communications for the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce; however, please do not expect a response until Fall of 2019.  We will keep your information on file until we know more details of the program and we will contact you then.

Another fantastic week of weather and a very successful, North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce Annual Golf Tournament has come and gone.  The weather couldn’t have been better and the support from the community, always amazes everyone that participates.  Osprey Links was in great shape for the tournament and we even managed to get Jeff Rogerson out on the golf course for one of his rare rounds of golf.  Thanks to Jeff and his entire staff for a great day.

The golf tournament is utilized as a fundraiser for the North Bay and Area Community Foundation and the proceeds from this event are donated to the Foundation to help in the great work that they do in our area.  As is the case with most of the charity golf tournaments held, it would not be possible to hold these events, if not for the generous participation of so many individuals that continue to support these worthwhile events through out the year.

A huge thank you goes out to Steve Deacon of Deacon Wealth Management, our major sponsor for the event, along with the many other charitable causes that Steve and DWM supports, in our community.    Many thanks to our additional sponsors Kennedy Insurance Brokers, Canadore College, Cooper Equipment Rentals, KIA North Bay, Buchner Manufacturing, Caisse Alliance, BDO, Union Gas, Grant Thornton, HGS, Skaters Edge, Rebuilt Resources, Hock Exchange Canada, Digsafe Contracting and Osprey Links Golf Course.  Many thanks to Buzzmasters and RFP Media for capturing the on-course shots of our tournament.

As can be seen by the many sponsors, we could not hold this event without their generous support.  We were also pleased to host curling icon, Kevin Martin and Sportsnet, who were in town to promote the upcoming Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling event, which will take place October 22-27 at Memorial Gardens.  Martin who was named Canada’s best male curler in a recent poll by TSN, had praise for the event and the organizing committee, that will once again host a major curling event in our City.  Having Kevin at our tournament was a bonus for all that participated, as he spent the entire day meeting the golfers and volunteers.  He is a great ambassador for curling and a true gentleman.  Start planning to attend the Pinty’s Grand Slam event later this fall.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

What a great week last week was, for North Bay and area, leading into the Canada Day weekend that hopefully everyone enjoyed.  Nearly one hundred million dollars in investments announced and jobs, jobs, and more jobs.  It was great to have Minister Fedeli in the riding to complete some long-awaited projects in our riding and couldn’t have been possible without his support and diligence to get these projects moving, after years of negotiation and bureaucratic red tape.

Cassellholme is finally being redeveloped and as well the addition of new long-term care beds for both the area and our indigenous community.  This has been long awaited and will assist in providing spaces for our seniors that have been on waiting lists for many years.  Our entire community will benefit from the redevelopment of Cassellholme and this should help alleviate the overcrowding in our hospital due to the shortage of long-term care beds.  The project should be in the ground shortly and will provide an economic boost to our area, given the fifty-five-million-dollar project price tag.

Both Jamie Lowery, his entire team and Board of Cassellholme should be very pleased that the years of work have finally culminated in the start of this project.  The addition of a sixteen-bed provincial indigenous long-term care beds plus two twelve bed dementia care units will serve both populations well and reflect the needs of our community for the future.  Health care will no doubt continue to be a priority across our Province, and it is refreshing to see some innovative, inclusive and new approaches to how we care for our seniors, no matter what their heritage may be.

Funding continued to be major news for this area with the announcement by Minister Fedeli in Powassan, of an additional twelve-million dollars for the film industry.  NOHFC funding for a variety of projects that continue to generate hundreds of jobs and economic spin off to many of our businesses in our district.  Last year alone, in excess of twenty million dollars was spent in this area and with continued support from the Provincial government, it appears this trend will continue.

Canadore College was also making headlines last week, with new partnerships announced in a sector that is not usually associated with Canadore and our area.  The announcement of two major projects in the agricultural sector will provide education and training together with jobs and investment by two new manufacturing companies joining with Canadore and the Village.  Growratio Inc. and Enerdynamic Hybrid Technologies announced the partnership with Canadore that will see approximately one hundred and fifty new jobs once fully operational.  These jobs and new construction of over one hundred and fifty thousand square ft. in three facilities, are another great announcement for George Burton and his entire team.  Congratulations and welcome to North Bay.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

The past two week’s have been a flurry of activity at the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.  Bay Days, Armed Forces Day, MP Anthony Rota announcing the Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot Program and last Tuesday, Provincial Minister of Economic Development Job Creation and Trade, Todd Smith announcing the expansion of the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program for trucking and personal support workers.  The latter two being announcements that are of importance to North Bay and District.

Many of our Northern Communities have seen a consistent trend of population decline for a variety of reasons over the past decade or so.  Declining birthrates, lengthy recession in resource-based industries, youth out migration and a multitude of other factors continue to plague Northern Ontario and many other rural areas across Canada, when it comes to population.  It is no secret that residents of many of these communities are stretched with respect to increases in property taxes however are reluctant and usually vocal, when it comes to cuts or reductions in service levels.

Immigration is one of the ways that these regions can look to bolster their populations, grow the economies of our communities and help reduce the impact of rising taxes.  The more taxpayers and businesses that we can attract to our area will result in economic growth and stability for our future.  We are a community that has been an immigration settlement area for the past 150 years and much of our population is only one or two generations removed from arriving as immigrants themselves.  As Northern Ontario grew in the latter part of the 1800’s and through to the 1950-60’s, many of our relatives came here to seek a better life, work and make this area home.

The new pilot program will roll out soon and there has been no shortage of inquiries by local and regional businesses that are interested in welcoming qualified immigrants.  After months and sometimes years of trying to attract trained and qualified employees in many fields, the announcements may possibly assist in helping businesses grow.  Details on the programs will be rolled out this Fall of 2019, but we do know that it will be a three to five-year pilot and approximately 250 individuals and families will, be eligible.   Permanent employment with an eligible business or confirmed equity/investment are expected to make up the pre-qualifications.

One of the most important details of the program that it seems has been missed by some, is that the assistance being offered under this program for expedited visa or permanent residency for an employee, and the position cannot or has not been able to be filled by a resident of Canada.  The common misconception which some social media postings have alluded to, is that of intolerance to the idea of immigration, to fill some of our labour market challenges.  If we are to succeed and grow as an area, we must embrace and welcome new Canadians because if we look closely enough, many of our parents and grandparents were also welcomed here, not so many years ago.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

Great news announced out of Sault Ste. Marie on Friday June 14th by Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen, regarding the communities selected for the “Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot program”.  This was followed by the announcement in North Bay by MP Anthony Rota, confirming the selection of our community and communities surrounding our City.  It was welcome news not only to our district, but also the confirmation that our four Northern Ontario neighbors, Sudbury, Timmins, Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay will also have the pilot program.

The selection of five Northern Ontario communities from the eleven programs announced is good news for the North, as population numbers in these regions, for the most part, have seen steady declines or little growth.  With declining birth rates and the shrinking population base, attraction and settlement of new Canadians to Northern Ontario has been touted as one initiative to reverse those trends.  When we look back over the past century, Northern Ontario was settled by many immigrant families who came here and built lives for themselves and their families.  Most of us are descendants of immigrants who came to Canada, for a better life and opportunities for their children.

This program when implemented will seek out qualified immigrants for jobs which employers are unable to attract or hire from the existing labour force.  We continue to see many requests from employers that have opportunities to grow and expand but have not been able to attract qualified workers to skilled positions needed for that growth.  On the east coast where the program was introduced in 2016, they have been successful in retaining 90% of families moving into their communities versus less than 60% without the supports of this program.

The Chamber is extremely pleased to be selected as the lead in this project however this is a joint initiative with many community partners including the City of North Bay (Economic Development Department),  Labour Market Group, Yes Employment Services, North Bay & District Multicultural Centre, North Bay Local Immigration Partnership , Canadore College and Nipissing University, and many others as well.  We look forward to working with all partners to achieve economic growth and prosperity for the North, through immigration and linking those needs with the requirements of employers.

The Chamber Board and staff are extremely proud and thankful that we had Patti Carr, Vice President of Policy and Communications at the Chamber, who did a tremendous job of pulling this project together under very tight timelines.  Patti is a tireless individual who worked with the partners listed above and many others including employers/Chamber members to ensure all bases were covered and all questions answered.  Congratulations to the entire group and especially to Patti, for pulling it all together!  Together we can accomplish so much more.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

 

Today’s Announcement in Sault Ste Marie, ON by the Honourable Minister Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) regarding the Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot Program (RNIPP):  https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2019/06/rural-and-northern-immigration-pilot-takes-off.html

Our region is one of the areas chosen!  While the announcement states North Bay, there are many partners across a large region that are involved.  This Pilot Program area goes north to Kirkland Lake, south to Burk’s Falls, west to West Nipissing and east to Mattawa.

More details to come on Monday, June 17, 2019 at a media event at 9 am, to be held at City Hall, 5th floor boardroom.  Special thank you to MP Anthony Rota and his staff for coordinating the event.

 

Bay Days brought to you by Cogeco is dedicated to showcasing local talent and celebrating the community, we are pleased to announce this weekend’s entertainment. The event will kick off at the waterfront on Friday, June 14 and will continue in the evening of Saturday June 15 at the Kiwanis Bandshell featuring a line-up of local entertainers, including North Bay’s very own Cory Marks. 

Friday June 14, 2019

4PM: Don and Friends

5PM: Josh Dimmel Band

6PM: Jennifer Plummer

7PM: Terror Birds

8PM: Cory Marks

Saturday June 15, 2019

3PM: North Bay Pipes and Drums

4PM: The Rodents: Tragically Hip Tribute

5:30PM: North Facing Folk

630PM: Manchester Creek

730PM: Jake and the Fundamentals

The inaugural event will bring family-friendly activities and a slate of homegrown entertainment with no wristband required to the City’s Downtown and Waterfront June 14-16. The three-day festival is a grassroots, not-for-profit event run by a collective of community groups, including Tourism North Bay, North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce, Downtown North Bay (formally DIA) and Creative Industries.

This week is sure to be one of celebration and as well, a new beginning as it pertains to this community.  On Wednesday, our community will celebrate Armed Forces Day with thousands of children participating in the annual day, recognizing our troops who serve this country.  With the Snowbirds, Skyhawks and CF-18 Demo team preforming tomorrow and the static displays at the waterfront it is a great way to say thanks to the military for all they do in keeping our country safe.  For details click here for their website.

On Thursday from 4:30-7:00 p.m., Steve Bitonti and crew are inviting the members of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce to a pre-Bay Days Meet and Greet, at the Boat.  What a great way to keep the community celebration from Armed Forces Day, into the Bay Days celebrations going. We hope to see many of our members at the waterfront Thursday evening and hopefully Mother Nature will co-operate with us this week and provide some good weather for the events.

Commencing on Friday, we will start what hopefully will become an annual event, and Bay Days will kick off the weekend long community festival.  This festival is the start of something new, something different and as well, something for everyone.  This “grass roots” festival came about after the announcement that “Summer in the Park”, usually held on the August long weekend, was cancelled.  Nature abhors a vacuum and the seed was planted to create something new and the main theme that resonated with the organizing committee, was to ensure that it returned to a community celebration.

The organizing committee comprised of Tourism North Bay, Creative Industries, Downtown North Bay, Capitol Centre and the Chamber are set to launch this Friday.  We are certainly hopeful that the return to a community-based festival will spark our communities’ interest in a back to the basics style event.  The downtown core and the waterfront will be the stage and events will be happening throughout the weekend.  Local entertainment will be playing at the waterfront and the entire weekend’s entertainment, will be free to all.  The Capitol Centre will be home to the 4th annual Children’s Festival and although this is a ticketed event, it is a terrific event for children of all ages and make sure you check out the line up on their website capitolcentre.org.

Looking forward to seeing our entire community come out and show that there is support, for this type of event and programming.  If anyone has an in with Mother Nature, please slip in a good word regarding this weekends weather.  Rain or shine, we hope that everyone can get out and participate in both Armed Forces Day (Wednesday) and Bay Days (Friday-Sunday).  Both events are all about our community and look forward to seeing that support.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.

Welcome to North Bay Gateway Casinos and Entertainment Limited.  Last Friday morning at the official ground-breaking ceremonies on Pinewood Park Drive, the City and Province welcomed Gateway and the OLG for the announcement of the Casino starting construction.  Site preparations are underway for the construction of a $31.5 million-dollar new building.  The 39,000 square foot building is expected to create up to 300 jobs and open in July of 2020.  The year long construction phase will also generate additional jobs as the project gets underway.  Gateway also confirmed that the initial construction will generate millions in economic spin-offs for local businesses.

The establishment of a Casino in our City may not be everyone’s cup of tea and each individual will have a choice on whether they utilize the facility or choose to stay away.  That is one of the great things about living in a democratic society…individual choice.  We all are aware that there are social problems that can accompany gambling and we have heard many examples of the same.  Gateway and OLG will work together to try and minimize those impacts through education, identification and community supports for individuals with problem gaming.  As with other societal vices, individuals have choices and responsibilities when it comes to participation in those activities and as well, getting help when required.

The creation of the” Cascades” Casino will provide substantial economic activity for our communities along with another entertainment option for not only the area residents, but also visitors to our area.  As indicated on Friday, up to 300 jobs are expected to be created and payroll annually should exceed $10 million dollars.  This is money that will be spent in our community on homes, cars, groceries, gas, leisure activities and will assist our local businesses and entrepreneurs, given new disposable income from these new jobs  The City will benefit with additional tax revenues created by the new assessment and will also be provided with a quarterly tax free payment which can be utilized for community infrastructure or programs, determined by Council.  We will also see additional funds flow to local business on an ongoing basis, as Gateway has committed to sourcing locally for its ongoing needs and suppliers.

Some may call this a boon for our economy and others will call it a bust or that we as a community could do much better.  Both sides could be correct.  The morality of gambling, similarly to both alcohol and cannabis use, is legal.  Our Federal and Provincial governments have already made those decisions on our behalf and again as said earlier, whether you do or do not, it is the individual choice.  The commencement of building activity in the south end of the City hopefully will compliment the many other economic activities that are already underway and add to growing and strengthening our many businesses and institutions in our district.

Peter Chirico is the President & CEO of the North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce.