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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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Insurance premiums for licensed restaurants and bars are increasing significantly for many establishments in Thunder Bay. Some of our Members have seen a jump of 30-40% in their annual premium costs this year, despite greatly reduced revenues as a result of being closed or reduced to take-out only for months due to Ontario’s COVID-19 restrictions for non-essential businesses. In this letter, the Chamber proposes that this additional expense could be covered by existing business relief funding.
Recovery Activation Program (RAP): operate better, create new opportunities, and plan for future growth
The Recovery Activation Program (RAP) is an immersive online workshop program that connects businesses with industry experts for guidance, mentorship and practical advice about process modernization and end-to-end digital transformation.
It is completely free for businesses and supports firms of any size across Ontario.
The Government of Canada has announced their intention to introduce new, targeted supports to help hard-hit businesses and other organizations experiencing a drop in revenue. New Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy - direct to tenants, up to 65% The new Canada Emergency...
The Government of Ontario announced Ontario's Main Street Recovery Plan and intends to introduce the Main Street Recovery Act, 2020, proposed legislation that would support small businesses and modernize rules to allow them to innovate and meet the challenges of...
Applications Now Available For The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit And The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit
The Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit and The Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit, both part of the package replacing the CERB, may now be applied for. Applications for both programs are available through the Canada Revenue Agency. Applications for the Canada Recovery...
The Thunder Bay Chamber and our Chamber colleagues in Sudbury, Timmins, North Bay and Sault Ste Marie, are raising concerns around the Provincial Government’s recent announcement of a major initiative to consolidate and centralize procurement spending within the Ontario Public Service.