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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.
- 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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In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, we examine the accelerating pace of change in our economy. For many sectors, the economic fundamentals, the borders of industries, the value of different assets and even the types of competitors are rapidly shifting.
The Chamber of Commerce supports local cannabis retail opportunities. Read our letter to Council here.
Charla responds to the new Mayor’s inaugural speech.
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce’ annual Crystal Ball Report lays out what the CCC learned over the course of last year about the environment businesses expect to be operating in throughout 2019 and the implications that has for policy-makers and business leaders. Read it here!
Press Release: Long-Term Transportation Plan Needed To Address Northern Ontario’s Transportation Needs
This week, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) released Moving Forward: A Strategic Approach to Ontario’s Transportation Needs, a policy report calling on the Ontario Government to develop a Long-Term Transportation Plan that can deliver a strategy for better managing the province’s interconnected transportation assets and serving the needs of Ontario businesses and residents.
Press Release: Chamber Applauds Canadian Government’s Improvements On Competitiveness And Regulatory Reform
THUNDER BAY, ON: November 22, 2018 – The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is joining the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in applauding the steps taken in the Federal Economic Statement to improve competitiveness through faster write-offs for new investment, removing trade barriers in Canada and undertaking regulatory reform.