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:

                             

Essential Workplaces Reduced to Stop COVID-19 Spread

Essential Workplaces Reduced to Stop COVID-19 Spread

The Ontario government is reducing the list of businesses classified as essential and ordering more workplaces to close. The government is ordering all businesses not covered by the updated Emergency Order to close effective as of Saturday, April 4, 2020 at 11:59 p.m....

More Details on Emergency Wage Subsidy

More Details on Emergency Wage Subsidy

Here are the details currently available on the federal emergency wage subsidy: – 75% of annual earnings up to $58,700 or $847 per week – Available to businesses, NFPs & charities that have lost 30% or more in revenues compared to same month in 2019

Federal Business Supports

Federal Business Supports

Below you'll find information on the supports created by the Federal government to help business through the COVID-19 crisis. For more information on these supports, visit https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/economic-response-plan.html#businesses.Federal...

Municipal Measures

Municipal Measures

The City of Thunder Bay approved a number of new measures to assist businesses during this pandemic

Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID‑19

Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID‑19

Ontario’s Action Plan: Responding to COVID‑19 outlines the first steps in the Province’s plan to tackle the COVID‑19 outbreak. The action plan will provide $3.3 billion in additional health care resources, $3.7 billion to support people and jobs, and measures that...

Video: Hydro Reductions, City Supports, Essential Businesses

Video: Hydro Reductions, City Supports, Essential Businesses

- The Province of Ontario has announced the introduction of reduced energy rates for the next 6 weeks.  Learn more here. - The Province will be providing a fiscal update tomorrow. - City Council met last night and agreed to discuss supports the City may consider for...

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