Please join us in welcoming The Currency Exchange House Limited to our Chamber Community!

They offer highly competitive foreign exchange services to wholesale and retail customers. TXH is located at the end of highway 402 and is accessible to individuals and businesses resident in Ontario, and to travelers who are crossing the border. Dual currency ATMs are available 24 hours daily in our lobby.  Customers can pay for their transactions with cash, debit card, or Bank Draft, and in turn receive either cash or cheque payments for their purchases.  Preferred rates are offered on transactions over $1,000 USD and $10,000 USD.  Custom rates are available for large transactions.  Modified hours due to Covid-19 are:

  • Cash Window Service is open 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on Tuesday and Friday
  • Dual Currency ATM is open 24 hours

For further information visit our website at www.txhsarnia.com or call our branch manager, Mary Sue Knowles, at 519-337-3703.

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Chamber members, Dragonfly Media Inc. and The Inn of the Good Shepherd collaborated to create a video on what a day in the life of donations looks like. 

The video features board members, volunteers, sponsors, and staff telling the audience about the many ways donations are used and distributed throughout the community. 

To watch the full video, click the following link to The Inn of the Good Shepherd’s Facebook Page.

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The Ontario Government is modernizing the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) in order to strengthen trust and transparency of Ontario’s energy sector and improve regulatory processes for the benefit of provincial ratepayers. 

As part of this process, the province is recommending the appointment of a new leadership team which includes Susanna Zagar as the OEB’s new Chief Executive Officer and Lynne Anderson as the OEB’s new Chief Commissioner. 

The restructuring of the OEB is a part of the government’s ongoing commitment to improve energy sector regulation for the benefit of Ontario ratepayers. This includes pursuing greater efficiencies, reducing regulatory burden, and enhancing transparency and accountability. 

For more information about these structural changes or to read the full statement, click here.

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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce President and CEO, Perrin Beatty issued the following statement about the extension of the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) program:

“There is a clear need for continuing support for SMEs and a number of sectors, including hospitality and travel, which have been hard-hit and will be slow to return to normal. An effectively updated CEWS program must encourage Canadians to transition from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit to the wage subsidy. The program must create a positive incentive to return to work.”

He continues to discuss the ways our shared recovery will depend on how quickly businesses are able to get back up and running, and reintegrating Canadians back into the workforce will take a more challenging course than originally anticipated.

To read the full statement, click here.

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In the span of a few months, Canada went from one of the tightest job markets in recent history to record unemployment and reduced hours with an unprecedented rapidity. As we reopen across the country and move into recovery, we know that available jobs and the skills required will change. Canadians will need reskilling, upskilling, and skills training programs to get them back to work. 

The federal government has a Supply Chain Council, which represents a good start in representing inclusive voices in our economic recovery. The Council includes representatives from business, labour, and nonprofits, as well as women-led, academics, and aboriginal businesses. This model should be replicated across all levels of government. 

As employees continue and return to work, the key to successful work reintegration and economic recovery for parents is the availability of reliable and affordable child care. We must appreciate that the female workforce – as employees, as business owners, and as entrepreneurs – is bearing the brunt in terms of earnings, advancement, mental health, and work/parenting choices. There will be no inclusive recovery – or recovery period- without the participation of women in the workforce.

Click here to read the full article.

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In a recent survey by Sun Life Financial, over half (56%) of Canadians surveyed said COVID-19 is negatively impacting their mental health. Join Carmen Bellows, Registered Psychologist & Director of Mental Health Solutions at Sun Life Financial, as she speaks about how to develop and maintain a positive mental health environment in your organization.

Click to register here.

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On Wednesday, July 22 join the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and CWB Financial for a webinar to discuss the future of working remotely and the long term outlook for flex work essential to all organizations and business owners. 

Jeff Wright, Senior Vice-President, and Cory Gould, Chief Information Security Officer at CWB Financial as they answer the following questions:

  • What resources are in place to assist teams to be set up in productive new work environments and supporting mental health?
  • How do Chambers of Commerce, associations, and business owners support their employees and teams?
  • What are the major cyber security threats for SMEs during and post-pandemic?

Click to register here.

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A gift ninja is someone who anonymously delivers a gift to your address without any contact and in return you pay it forward by delivering a gift anonymously to another Sarnia Ninja Club member.

The Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce wants to participate in our own shop local event with our chamber members starting this Friday, July 17th and ending Saturday, July 25th. This event will require that you shop local in our Sarnia-Lambton community and send your receipts to the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

For every receipt from a local business, take a photo and email it to info@slchamber.ca. Three receipts will get a chance to win prizes from the Chamber. Be sure to write your name on the receipt because all drop offs will be entered for a chance to win one of the prizes listed on the Sarnia Ninja Club website, including gift certificates to Boston Pizza, Sunripe, Alton Farms Estate Winery, and more!

For more information on the Sarnia Ninja Club initiative, click here.

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The Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce that the proposed plan to close down Christina Street on weekends for the remainder of Summer has been passed by City Council! 

The idea came from the fact that people who walk and cycle take more trips downtown than those in cars. The plan is that on Friday’s at 4 pm until Sundays at 8 pm, Christina Street (from George to Wellington) will be closed to create a Pedestrian Friendly Zone. All side streets will remain open.

The initiative will begin this Friday, July 17 and run until September 27, totalling in 11 weeks of this project. Each week the success of the closure will be monitored. 

More information about this initiative is available on our website here.

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The Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s Senior Director of Workforce Strategies and Inclusive Growth, Leah Nord, issued the following statement about the Labour Force Survey figures:

“Today’s Labour Force Survey data shows that another 1 million Canadians have made their way back to work as provinces and territories continue to re-open their economies, albeit at different stages.

However, we still have a long way to go before we return to a fully engaged workforce. Employment in accommodation, food service, and retail remains well below pre-COVID levels because jobs in these industries require close physical proximity with others.

In a period of high uncertainty, Canada has the ability to control a quicker path to re-employment by shifting the focus away from CERB and toward expanding the eligibility for CEWS. Doing so has the potential to deliver the first wobbly steps of Canada’s economic recovery. As this happens, Canada needs a broader discussion about how to reform Employment Insurance so that we can respond to current and future workforce needs, ensuring Canadians remain connected to the labour force and including strong upskilling and reskilling training components. 

To read more, click here.

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