King's Sign By-Law - Jan 25 2018
After engaging in an extensive process of consultation with King businesses and collaboration with Township Staff, the King Chamber of Commerce is very pleased to see its efforts culminate with Council's decision on January 23, 2018 to approve the proposed amendments to King's Sign By-Law. These amendments modernize the Sign By-Law, ensure both flexibility and consistency, and provide an environment where King businesses will be able to visibly yet tastefully showcase their offerings.
A special thanks goes to Tom Allen (Pres.) and to Board members Andy Nemes, Kelly Foley and Jay Rider who worked diligently throughout 2017 to ensure that the concerns local businesses were heard and communicated to Staff and Council. We also thank Township Staff, in particular Jamie Smyth, Economic Development Officer, both Kathryn Moyle and Nancy Cronsberry from the Clerk's Office, for working collaboratively and constructively with the Chamber to ensure that the most prevalent concerns of local businesses were addressed in the modernized Sign By-Law.
Wednesday May 24 from 7:00-9:00PM at Nobleton Public Library, 8 Sheardown Drive, Nobleton,
The King Chamber of Commerce is undertaking a review of the Township’s current Sign By-Law. The purpose of the review is to identify what changes we feel are necessary to support our local commercial businesses. We will be preparing a proposal to modernize the sign by-laws in order to make them more “business friendly”, while still respecting the Township and Council’s role in overseeing and directing the look and character of King. Our plan is to present this proposal to Council as soon as possible.
In connection with the Sign By-Law review, we are hosting an Open Business Forum
Open:Signage Survey - Feb 2017 Closed March 2017
The King Chamber of Commerce has created this survey to ensure we hear from as many businesses as possible regarding any issues owners / managers may have regarding the current signage bylaws for King Township. Once we have gathered and collated your feedback, we will be creating a submission to the township for amendments to the existing sign bylaws. Your feedback is critical in this process.
Generally, we are looking for feedback on whether the current sign bylaws adequately allow for a business in King to announce its location and services to the traffic that is driving, walking or cycling by their location? In order to assist with the completion of our survey, please refer to the By-Law Summary for details on the existing Sign By-Law for King found at kingchamber.ca
The Corporation of Township of King By-Law Number 2013-127
A By-Law to regulate signs and other advertising devices in the Township of King
King Chamber of Commerce
Concerned with Reports of Sweeping Labour Law and Employment Standards Reforms
Potential changes would stifle investment, eliminate jobs and diminish economic opportunities in Ontario, especially among small business owners
King Township, ON, Wednesday, May 17, 2017: The King Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of the business community in King Township, fully supports and endorses the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) who has sent a letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne warning against potential changes to Ontario's Labour Relations Act (LRA) and the Employment Standards Act (ESA), including the introduction of a $15 minimum wage. Many of these potential reforms, if enacted, will stifle job creation and competitiveness, as well discouraging investment in the province. We are concerned that many of the potential reforms being discussed may have more to do with advancing the institutional interests trade unions, as opposed to sound policy for the protection of workers in Ontario.
The potential reforms are coming at a time when costs for consumers and the cost of doing business is increasingly putting Ontario at a competitive disadvantage. The changes we understand are being discussed will have a disproportionate impact on costs and flexibility for small employers, who constitute the majority of the business community in King.
"We are concerned about unintended consequences. Where are the economic impact analyses? These sweeping changes could seriously impact job creation and the health of our local economy in King" said Tom Allen, KCC’s President. "The proposed changes would discourage investment in Ontario and diminish economic opportunities for all Ontarians. Politics cannot drive decision-making, evidence must."
On issues of non-standard and part-time work, Statistics Canada data shows that part-time work has risen 22 percent since 2003, down from the 36 percent increase in the previous 12-year period. Recent studies show that 76 percent of part-timer workers voluntarily choose part-time work to better accommodate schooling or personal life.
"We are urging Premier Wynne to complete an economic impact analysis of the proposed reforms to limit potential consequences that could seriously jeopardize our future growth," said Richard Koroscil, Interim-President and CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce. "We support reform where and when it is needed, but we caution against change for change's sake."
The OCC's letter reminds the Premier that Ontario's employer community is doing its part to create better jobs and working conditions in the province. Budget 2017 points out that 98% of all new jobs created since the recession have been full time, and 78% have been above-average wage for their respective industries.
The letter notes that the goals of economic growth and improved employee rights are not mutually exclusive. The OCC believes that what supports the competitiveness of Ontario's economy can also help enhance the quality of work. Increased education and enforcement may assist with compliance to Government regulations and can improve worker environments. Regulatory reform that raises costs for business, only to reduce the ability of business to invest in and grow the labour force, is counterproductive.
Statement of Position on the Future of Economic Development in King Township
As we are all well aware, King Township is undergoing a period of rapid transformation in terms of overall population growth, population demographics and economic opportunity. In addition, many grovernmental initiatives are currently underway at the Provincial, Regional and Local levels of goverment that will impact signigicantly on future growth and economic development in King. Read more ...
Rural Broadband Position Statement
As the voice of business in King Township, we generally advocate for open markets where competition provides variety and allows broad customer choice. However, as economists have long noted, there are instances where an open market does not lead to a market solution that provides sufficient choice for consumers. Read more ...