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.

Active Advocacy Files







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:

                              

2018 Pre-Budget Deputation to City Council

Wondering what your Chamber had to say on your behalf about the City’s proposed 2018 budget? The full text of our deputation is here, along with links to the City’s budget information.

Bill 148 FAQ and Fact Sheet

Many thanks to Chamber Member Weilers Law for supplying our Membership with this comprehensive information designed to help employers understand their new obligations under the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act.

City Releases Municipal Budget

The City of Thunder Bay has released the proposed 2018 budget. Overall, the 2018 municipal tax levy of $190.6 million represents an increase of $6.6 million over 2017. The 2018 increase after growth is $5.3 million or 2.90 percent. In 2017 the total municipal tax levy was $184.0 million, an increase of 3.13% over 2016 net of growth…

Issues & Insights: January Update

January is off to a roaring start and we’ve got a full plate of issues and activities on the go this month: Ontario employment changes, Ontario election and the Municipal Budget…

Ontario’s Minimum Wage is Now $14 an Hour

Increased Paid Vacations and New Personal Emergency Days Also in Effect. Starting today, people across Ontario will see their wages rise $14 an hour as the new general minimum wage takes effect.

5 Minutes for Business: In Praise of Profit

In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, Jayson Myers, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’ Senior Vice President of Policy, examines the role profit plays in driving growth and assuring economic prosperity for Canadians.

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