News Related to Municipal Issues

Our municipal advocacy work focuses on two areas of concern:  Transparency & Taxation and Policies & Processes Within these areas, we advocate for fiscal transparency and accountability, and for the streamlining and reduction of regulatory burdens that make it harder for Thunder Bay businesses to compete.

Our Policies & Processes concerns include:

  • designated truck route
  • zoning reform
  • sign by-law

Our Transparency & Taxation files incude:

  • City budget
  • Program & Service Review
  • strategic planning
Letter to Council: Indoor Sports Facility Community Engagement Feedback

Letter to Council: Indoor Sports Facility Community Engagement Feedback

The Chamber has sent a letter to Thunder Bay City Council and Administration detailing significant concerns with the City’s engagement platform for the proposed Chapples multi-use indoor turf facility. We have many questions about the fiscal side of the proposal which remain unanswered after the City’s presentation.

Is Your Business Pandemic Prepared?

Is Your Business Pandemic Prepared?

To help businesses prepare for and manage through a potential COVID-19 escalation in Canada, the Canadian Chamber has developed a brief guide source from a number of best practice documents and designed to assist business planning and continuity efforts. This tool includes links to the some of the most relevant and credible information, best practice tools and resources and can be found here.

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Annual Report Video Highlights a Fruitful 2019

Annual Report Video Highlights a Fruitful 2019

We had a busy year in 2019 and we’re so excited to tell you about it. In our Annual Report video, you’ll learn about the Chamber’s activities, including:
– Advocacy at the local, Provincial and Federal levels
– Engagement activities designed to connect our Members with each other and with the community
– Empowerment activities which help educate, strengthen and promote our Members

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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.

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Designated Truck Route – An Update

Designated Truck Route – An Update

On Monday, June 17th, City Council discussed and voted to defeat the proposed Designated Truck Route By-Law.
At the meeting, your Chamber of Commerce raised significant concerns with the proposed by-law language and the impacts it will have on business through added fuel costs, staffing costs, carbon output, vehicle maintenance, increased complexity and red tape. The concerns expressed are summarized here…

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