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.
Letter to City Council on Safe Use of Public Spaces
Feb 9, 2024
Shakiba Shayani, President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, writes a letter to the Mayor and City Council regarding the February 14th Special City Council Meeting Agenda item 2.1 Public Space Use Bylaw.
Guelph Chamber lays expectations for County's Housing Symposium
Jan 29, 2024
On January 29, 2024, Shakiba Shayani, President and CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce, wrote an opinionated editorial piece on the Guelph Chamber's expectations for the County's Upcoming Housing Symposium.
2023 Canadian Chamber of Commerce Policy Agenda
Dec 21, 2023
Through a series of reviews and debates the Canadian Chamber network has come together to craft a set of policy resolutions that will guide the advocacy work and priority setting of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Read more about the entire compendium of resolutions guiding the Canadian Chamber for the year to come.
Delegation to City Council on Proposed Budget
Nov 15, 2023
On Wednesday November 15th, Shakiba Shayani, president & CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce delegated to city council on their proposed multi-year budget. To read the full delegation to Council and Staff, please click below.
Delegation to City Council on Housing in Guelph - Actions and Responses
Oct 17, 2023
On Tuesday October 17th, Shakiba Shayani, President & CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce delegated to city council's special meeting on housing. To learn more about her three key messages to Council and Staff, please click below.
2023 Ontario Chamber of Commerce Policy Agenda
Oct 10, 2023
Annually, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) provides the Ontario Chamber Network with an opportunity for Chambers across the province to build locally informed policy agendas to be advanced to the Provincial Government. The Guelph Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have voted in favour of the policy resolution.
Downtown Parking Master Plan
Sep 25, 2023
The Guelph Chamber's submission for Council's consideration regarding the Downtown Parking Master Plan agenda item 7.3 on September 26, 2023.
Delegation to Council: September 12th
Sep 12, 2023
On Tuesday September 12, Guelph Chamber CEO Shakiba Shayani delegated to City Council in response to the report released by Collective Results.