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

  • planning and permits
  • procurement
  • taxes
  • civic pride

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:

                             

Press Release: Filling in the Gaps on Pharmacare

THUNDER BAY, ON – March 18, 2019: According to the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, local businesses want an approach to national pharmacare that fills the gaps in the existing system by providing coverage for the 10% of Canadians who actually need the help: the uninsured and the underinsured.

Issues & Insights: Forestry Strategy

Forestry is a major contributor to the economy of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario, providing direct and indirect employment to thousands of hardworking men and women in our region…

5 Minutes for Business: A Budget For Business or Bust

With our GDP at a standstill, businesses need to see a focus of protecting and fostering growth in the upcoming federal budget ahead of thisyear’s federal election. That being said, while we do not have a crystal ball here at the Canadian Chamber, we do have our ears to the ground in Ottawa and we are unsure the budget will address ongoing business concerns.

Designated Truck Route: Update

On Monday night, [March 3] following another round of public deputations and discussions, Council ratified the decision to move forward with the creation of a Designated Truck Route by a 7-6 recorded vote.

5 Minutes for Business: A Royal Commission for a Royal Pain

50 years of cutting and pasting has left Canadian taxation uncompetitive, cumbersome and inefficient. Now more than ever a Royal Commission on taxation, with everything on the table, is needed to align Canada’s tax system with the economy of today and tomorrow…

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