Throughout its history, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce has played an important role in bringing together business and community leaders to advocate at 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 Advocacy Committee and our partners at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, we’re continually looking to advance Guelph-Wellington as a leading destination to do business in Ontario, by advocating for public policy that positively impacts business and our community at large.
How do we do this? On your behalf, we:
- 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 and Mayor
Keep up to date on what we’ve been advocating for by reading our updates below.
Ontario Budget Makes Giant Leap Forward for Two-Way All-Day GO Along the Innovation Corridor
Mar 24, 2021
Leaders from across the Innovation Corridor and members of transit advocacy group Connect the Corridor applauded today’s Ontario budget which includes a significant package of necessary improvements to increase capacity on the Kitchener line in order for more trains to travel both ways from end to end of the Innovation Corridor.
Guelph Chamber Hosts Ontario's Minister of Finance at Pre-Budget Consultation
Feb 11, 2021
This morning, we hosted a pre-budget consultation roundtable with Ontario’s Minister of Finance, Peter Bethlenfalvy. As we continue to advocate for the needs of our members and the business community in general, we convened a cross section of to hear their priorities and ideas to be considered for the 2021 budget.
Chamber Network Calls for Coordinated Approach to Re-opening Ontario's Economy
Feb 5, 2021
Today, the Guelph Chamber released the following statement, calling for a coordinated approach to re-opening Ontario's economy.
Restaurant Roundtable Advocacy Letter
Dec 16, 2020
On Thursday December 10, the Guelph Chamber co-hosted a roundtable with Mayor Cam Guthrie to hear from businesses in the restaurant and food service sector.
City of Guelph Budget Delegation
Nov 26, 2020
Last night, our CEO delegated to City Council on the 2021 municipal budget. Click here to read the delegation.
Ontario Liberal Party Leader Meets with Chamber
Oct 15, 2020
On Thursday October 8, our President & CEO, Shakiba Shayani, along with members of the Board of Directors and our Advocacy Committee, met with Ontario Liberal Party leader Steven Del Duca to discuss important issues including housing affordability, mental health, and emerging from COVID-19 stronger than before.
Ontario Ministry of Finance Budget Consultation Submission
Oct 14, 2020
Following the Guelph Chamber's presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs on August 28, we provided a set of written recommendations to submit to the The Honourable Rod Phillips, Minister of Finance as part of the Government of Ontario’s Pre-Budget Consultation Process.
Business Calls with the Assistant Deputy Minister, Small Business & Marketplace Services
Oct 2, 2020
Frances McRae, the Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) of the Small Business and Marketplace Services at Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, is chairing calls with stakeholders and small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) owners to address the impacts of COVID-19 on businesses.
Letter to Lloyd Longfield - Alcohol Escalator Tax
Oct 1, 2020
In 2017, the Federal Government introduced excise duty taxes on alcohol, automatically increasing every April 1. On September 25, we submitted a letter to MP Lloyd Longfield to urge the Federal Government to reconsider the alcohol escalator tax.