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.

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

Provincial Issues

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

Municipal Issues

  • planning and permits
  • procurement
  • taxes
  • civic pride

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“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:

                              

Chamber Launches Pre-Budget Survey

Discussions and preparations for the 2018 municipal budget are well underway at the City of Thunder Bay. On January 11, 2018, your Chamber will have the opportunity to make a deputation to Council about the budget. Responses to this survey will help us in preparing our message to Council on this important issue.

WEBINAR on Bill 148: Ontario’s New Labour Laws

Employer handbook outlines the potential risks to employers from Bill 148 and offers human resources and operational strategies to help businesses better understand what these changes will mean.

Get Familiar with Thunder Bay’s Proposed Official Plan

The City of Thunder Bay Official Plan is the City’s official statement of the desirable future development of the City, emphasizing land use. It is a document that contains a comprehensive set of goals, objectives, and policies for the implementation of other planning approvals.

Issues & Insights: What’s Up with Small Business Tax Changes?

On October 16, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the federal government’s response to the more than 21,000 submissions it received during the previous three months with regard to the government’s proposed changes to the tax treatment of small business.
Read Charla’s brief on the changes and download a primer supplied by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to understand all the latest updates to the legislation.

Complete the EmployerOne Survey!

Are you an employer with 1 or more employees? Your participation in the EmployerOne Survey helps inform policy, training and other programs that support business.

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