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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.
- the City of Opportunity platform
- planning and permits
- civic pride
- energy policies
- employment law & apprenticeships
- health & safety
- provincial taxes
- 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.
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Charla Robinson, President – Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce
Ontario Eases Restrictions for Retail Stores and Essential Construction The Ontario government is allowing all retail stores with a street entrance to provide curbside pickup and delivery, as well as in-store payment and purchases at garden centres, nurseries,...
Certain Businesses Can Reopen Under Strict Guidelines The Ontario government is allowing certain businesses and workplaces to reopen as long as they comply with strict public health measures and operate safely during the COVID-19 outbreak. Those permitted to start up...
Workplace Safety Guidelines Released The Ontario government has released safety guidelines to provide direction to those working in manufacturing, food manufacturing and processing, restaurant and food service, and the agricultural sector. These measures build on more...
Agri-Food Open for E-Business Initiative The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing up to $2.5 million to help the agri-food sector expand online, providing more opportunities for producers to grow their business and offer more food choices for families who...
The Federal Government has reached an agreement in principle with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) for small businesses. - The Ontario government is partnering with the federal government to provide...