Throughout our history, the Guelph Chamber has played an important role in bringing together business and community leaders to advocate to all levels of government for policies that further enhance the social and economic prosperity of our city.
The Guelph Chamber’s non-partisan advocacy efforts are reflective of the priorities of our membership and wider business community. With the help of our membership and our partners at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, our proactive policy and advocacy work promotes the conditions that enables business success.
We do this by:
- Help you navigate your business challenges
- Participate in task forces
- Provide written submissions on policy priorities
- Host roundtables with government stakeholders
- Delegate to City Council
- Convene town halls with elected officials
- Survey our membership to establish priorities
- Communicate regularly and work closely with our MP, MPP, Mayor, and stakeholders
Keep up to date on what we’ve been advocating for by reading our updates below.
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2023 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission
Feb 9, 2023
On behalf of our member businesses and the local community at large, we are advocating for a budget that effectively establishes a meaningful plan for promoting business success through responsible investment with a promising ROI. Ontario must focus on creating the right environment for business predictability, competitiveness, and growth.
Delegation to Council: January 25
Jan 25, 2023
On Wednesday January 25, Guelph Chamber CEO Shakiba Shayani delegated to City Council on the updated 2023 budget to prioritize the visibility, value, and return that businesses see from their taxpayer dollars.
Delegation to Council: December 13
Dec 14, 2022
On Tuesday December 13, Guelph Chamber CEO Shakiba Shayani delegated to city council in support of the staff recommendations related to providing one-time operating funds to fill the gap of drop-in service between 8 a.m. and noon, at Royal City Mission.
Delegation to Council: Bill 23
Nov 23, 2022
On Tuesday November 22, Guelph Chamber CEO Shakiba Shayani delegated at a special council meeting regarding Bills 109 and 23. Read the delegation now.
Response to the Province's Fall Economic Outlook
Nov 17, 2022
Following the provincial government's Ontario Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review announced on November 14, 2022, we released the following statement.
2022 Fall Economic Statement Response
Nov 7, 2022
On November 3, 2022, the federal government released their fall economic statement. Click here to read our statement on what was announced.
2022 Municipal Election Priorities
Sep 27, 2022
Right now, the city of Guelph stands at an economic crossroads. Businesses continue to face numerous barriers to recovery that continue to hinder their success. We must ensure local growth and business competitiveness, where all levels of government are focused on fundamental issues all while considering the cost and ease of doing business.
Delegation to City Council: Official Plan Amendment 80
Jul 14, 2022
On July 11, CEO Shakiba Shayani delegated during a special meeting of City Council on in support of the Official Plan Amendment 80. Click here to read the delegation.
Downtown Issues Delegation to Committee of the Whole: July 4
Jul 4, 2022
The Guelph Chamber submitted the following written delegation to the Committee of the Whole on July 4th pertaining to urgent issues relating to homelessness, and mental health and addictions. Click here to read the delegation.