Advocacy

Be heard where it matters, when it matters most.

Got An Issue? We’ve Got Solutions.

If you’ve ever had the frustrating experience of being ignored by government, you already understand how valuable it can be to have the connections, the clout and the know-how to get your message heard.

We’ve got the connections.  Your Chamber maintains direct relationships with our elected officials and administration in all three levels of government here in Thunder Bay, keeping lines of communication open between business and decision-makers to make sure they’re willing to listen when it’s time to talk.

We’ve got the clout.  Not only do we represent the interests of a large community of stakeholder businesses, we work closely with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce to ensure our Members’ voices are heard at the Provincial level.  We’re also members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, which gives us access to Federal decision-makers outside of our own ridings.

We’ve got the know-how.  For over a century we’ve served as the policy watchdog for Thunder Bay’s business community, bringing our Members notice of issues that affect our business environment and gathering feedback to develop our “Chamber position” on issues that affect our Member businesses and the economy that drives our community.

And now, you do too.  As a Chamber Member, we invite you to bring us your concerns about issues at the City, Provincial and Federal level.  It’s our job to understand government policy, but you know your business best.  Contact us today and start a conversation – we’re here to help.

Municipal Issues

Provincial Issues

  • energy policies
  • Hydro
  • employment law & apprenticeships
  • health & safety
  • provincial taxes

Federal Issues

  • aviation and transportation policies that affect our airport and our port
  • import and export taxes that affect our resource industries
  • First Nation policies
  • Canada Post
  • federal taxes


“We had been struggling with a weight restriction issue with the city’s government for over four years with no satisfaction.  Then we reached out to the Chamber for support and, suddenly, we had traction.”

Do you need support on an issue?  As a Chamber Member, you’ve got access to connections at all three levels of government. Learn more about our advocacy work on behalf of our Members here or contact us to discuss your concern.

Latest Advocacy News

The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce' advocacy work is made possible thanks to the generous support of our Cornerstone Members:

                             

Support for Ontario’s Forest Sector Strategy, ERO# 019-0880

Support for Ontario’s Forest Sector Strategy, ERO# 019-0880

The goal of Ontario’s proposed Ontario Forest Sector Strategy is to sustainably grow the forest sector, create opportunity for Ontario families, support industry and encourage innovation and new investment, while ensuring the sustainability of forests. In this letter to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Thunder Bay Chamber outlines its support for the Strategy.

Support for ERO# 019-1020, Proposed Changes to the Crown Forest Sustainability Act, 1994

Support for ERO# 019-1020, Proposed Changes to the Crown Forest Sustainability Act, 1994

Under ERO#019-1020, the MNRF is proposing a long-term approach that would no longer require duplicative authorizations or a regulatory exemption under the ESA for forest operations conducted in Crown forests in accordance with an approved forest management plan under the CFSA. In this letter to Troy Anthony, Crown Forests and Lands Policy Branch of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Thunder Bay Chamber outlines its support for the changes proposed in ERO#019-1020 and asks that it be approved and finalized as soon as possible.

2020 Municipal Budget Deputation

2020 Municipal Budget Deputation

On Thursday, January 9th Charla presented feedback on the proposed 2020 City budget. Video and full text of the deputation here.

Issues & Insights: December 2019

Issues & Insights: December 2019

In her latest Issues & Insights blog post, Charla discusses the Phase 1 report of the City’s Program & Service Review and how it aligns with key recommendations in the Chamber’s City of Opportunity platform.

Addressing Poverty:  Nov 28 Event Aims to Unite Business, Charity and Agencies

Addressing Poverty: Nov 28 Event Aims to Unite Business, Charity and Agencies

This event is the first step in our new partnership with United Way and the Lakehead Social Planning Council and presents an opportunity for business to learn more about the social issues Thunder Bay is engaging with. Attendees will discuss what actions are being taken and what progress is being made, where the challenges and opportunities lie, and how working together we can help move solutions forward. Come prepared to learn, to share what you know and to participate in the development of next steps for our community.

The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce' advocacy work is made possible thanks to the generous support of our Cornerstone Members: