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Businesses seek predictability and stability amidst ongoing pandemic

Ontario Chamber president calls for more government transparency on the data behind restrictions
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TORONTO — Jan. 20, 2022: Today, Rocco Rossi, President & CEO, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, released the following statement:

“Today, the government has finally provided clarity on the next steps of their reopening plan. While the pandemic has been unpredictable, the response should not be. We welcome added clarity but urge the government to stop thinking in short-term increments and come up with a strategic and evidence-based plan to manage future waves.

“We are calling for investments in testing capacity and business supports to foster a sustained reopening guided by evidence and science.

“Government also needs to be transparent about the data behind restrictions. Businesses need to see modelling that justifies the nature and timing of response measures and how they are successfully mitigating the virus or alleviating pressure on our overwhelmed health care system.

“If we want a robust and inclusive economic recovery we need our government to focus on creating the right conditions to support business stability, predictability, and confidence.”

For more than a century, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) has been the independent, non-partisan, indispensable partner of Ontario business. The OCC’s mission is to support economic growth in Ontario by defending business priorities at Queen’s Park on behalf of its network’s diverse 60,000 members.