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Media Release: Thunder Bay Chamber Policies Supported, Municipal Advocacy Recognized At Ontario Chamber Of Commerce Conference

THUNDER BAY, May 6, 2019

Representatives of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce have just returned from a successful meeting of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) in Muskoka Lakes.  The two-day conference included presentations by the Premier and the Leaders of the three Opposition Parties as well as discussion and debate on a broad range of provincial issues that are impacting businesses including infrastructure, competitiveness, and the growing skills shortage.

Thunder Bay delegates presented two policy recommendations for Ontario government action that would amend Ontario’s immigration policies to help small and rural communities expand the workforce and support the growth of forestry through recognition of Crown Forest Sustainability Act equivalency within the Endangered Species Act.  Both policy recommendations were adopted by the OCC membership.

The Thunder Bay Chamber also received the Outstanding Advocacy Campaign Award in recognition of the success of its “Say Yes” municipal election platform this past Fall.  The campaign was endorsed by 55 of 61 candidates, including all of the 13 elected members of Council.

The text of the policy resolutions is available:

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In accordance with Section 4:17 of the By-Laws of the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce, the Board of Directors has approved a following slate of nominees to fill (4) four positions open for the 2019-2022 term. Meet them here! Electronic ballots for the 2019 Board Election will be emailed to the primary representative for each Chamber Member during the week of September 9th. The deadline for ballots to be submitted is by end of day Monday, September 30th.

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2019 CCC Resolution: Enhancing Tariff Claims Process to Address Business Needs & Encourage Trade Growth

Canadian importers/exporters are often required to pay tariffs to gain access to International markets. In some situations, importers/exporters are able to seek relief from paid tariffs through the submission of a drawback claim to the Canada Border Services Agency or a remission approval from the Ministry of Finance. Unfortunately, the claims process is a time and resource drain to companies without the necessary expertise and/or administrative staff to manage the requirements…

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