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

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:

                             

Business Survey Opens for August Intake

Business Survey Opens for August Intake

In April the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Thunder Bay CEDC, North Superior Workforce Planning Board and Northern Policy Institute (NPI) launched a series of surveys to assess the effects of COVID-19 on businesses in the Thunder Bay District. The survey is open for the August intake until August 14.

Canada United to Support Local Businesses and Accelerate Small Business Recovery

Canada United to Support Local Businesses and Accelerate Small Business Recovery

The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is proud to be part of Canada United, a national movement to support local businesses in communities across the country. As part of the movement, RBC has brought together more than 50 of Canada’s leading brands, Business Associations, and the national Chamber network to rally Canadians to “show local some love” by buying, dining and shopping local.

Changes Proposed for Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Changes Proposed for Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy

Finance Minister Bill Morneau has announced proposed changes to the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) that, if approved, will take place effective July 5th. The proposal would: Extend the CEWS until December 19, 2020, including redesigned program details until...

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.

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