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Kingston Chamber of Commerce to provide rapid COVID-19 tests to local businesses

In partnership with the federal and provincial governments, The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce has acquired an initial shipment of 50,000 rapid COVID-19 test kits for distribution to local businesses. “Businesses are in a difficult position right now as they try to provide the goods and services we rely on

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Chamber of Commerce calls paid sick leave a step in the right direction

With the province announcing details of its paid sick leave program amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the CEO of the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce believes it’s a promising sign. “This announcement by the Government of Ontario is a step in the right direction to protect essential workers,” Karen Cross, CEO

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Nominations open for Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce Awards

The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce has opened up nominations for its Business Excellence Awards. The awards aim to recognize organizations that are innovative leaders and the driving force behind Kingston’s economy, according to a news release from the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce. “We’re marking the 25th anniversary of

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Mayor Paterson outlines COVID-19 recovery priorities for 2021 Ontario budget

Mayor Bryan Paterson has outlined the City of Kingston’s budget priorities in a submission to Ontario’s Minister of Finance as part of their 2021 budget consultations. “COVID-19 has impacted many aspects of our city and amplified existing challenges of homelessness, mental health, addiction, and access to affordable housing. It has

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‘Multi-stakeholder working group’ will advocate to bring family doctors to Kingston

City Council voted Tuesday night to support the establishment of a multi-stakeholder working group to advocate for the Kingston region’s designation as a high-need community for family physicians with the Ministry of Health. “This stakeholder group will work closely with a newly formed Ontario Health Team on a regional approach

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Mayor, Chamber of Commerce, react to Provincial Budget

The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce has released a statement expressing their approval of the Ontario 2020 budget, specifically highlighting some small business tax changes. “The [Chamber] is pleased with the budget and its timely supports and reliefs for small businesses,” said Chamber CEO, Karen Cross. “In particular, the programs

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Attendees, organizers address mask-less audience at Chamber of Commerce event

On Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual State of the City event, hosting Kingston’s three political leaders who briefed those in attendance about the current state of the city, particularly through a COVID-19 lens. But it wasn’t long before those online pointed out

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Kingston economic and tourism sectors expecting tourists this summer

As Stage 2 of re-opening Ontario grants many of Kingston’s businesses and restaurants to open before some other regions of the province, tourism is expected to pick up momentum again, according to those in Kingston’s economic, accommodation and tourism sectors. Tourism is one of Kingston’s main drivers for the economy,

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The plans and people behind the Kingston Economic Recovery Team

Mayor Bryan Paterson has now shared the details of the new ‘Kingston Economic Recovery Team’ (KERT) he announced on April 28, 2020 including the participants, mandate and structure. The team, which will be chaired by Mayor Paterson and have eight additional representatives from a variety workforce sectors across the city,

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Campaign aims to show love to local businesses during pandemic

Without doubt, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected every person in our community, leaving many with feelings of uncertainty. But as we look to adapt to whatever the new normal is, one thing is very clear: the local economy will depend on all of us as a community to come together

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City seeks input from businesses on Open Door Air-Conditioning Bylaw

In August, Kingston City Council directed the City to develop an open door air-conditioning bylaw, and now the City is offering ways for local business owners to learn more and provide input. At their regular meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019, City Council had a lively debate about the concept

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New design features for third crossing unveiled

Helping to kick off the new year with some exciting news, Mayor Bryan Paterson unveiled some of the new design features of the third crossing at his annual address to the Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce. Paterson displayed the above new rendering of the bridge design at the event on

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