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 our members' 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.
2022 Provincial Budget Statement
Apr 28, 2022
See the Guelph and Ontario Chamber of Commerce's response to the 2022 provincial budget.
2022 Provincial Election Priorities
Apr 25, 2022
The next four years will be critical to determining the future of Ontario’s business community and overall economic success. Looking forward, Ontario must focus on creating the right conditions for businesses to be successful. Click here to see our priorities for the 2022 provincial election.
Statement on Budget 2022
Apr 8, 2022
On April 7, the federal government tabled their 2022 budget. See our official statement outlining welcomed measures and concerns.
Federal Budget Must Address Canada's Competitiveness Problem
Apr 4, 2022
The Ontario Chamber of Commerce along with the Ontario Chamber Network released the 2022 Federal Budget Submission focused on public policies that increase Canada’s economic resilience to ongoing and future threats.
Guelph and Ontario Chambers Encourage Collaborative Approach to Implement Canada-Wide Child Care System
Mar 28, 2022
Following a roundtable hosted by the Guelph Chamber of Commerce with support from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, the two organizations urged all provinces and territories to work with the federal government to implement a Canada-Wide Early Learning and Child Care System as a critical component of economic recovery.
An open letter re: critical infrastructure blockades
Feb 11, 2022
An open letter from 150+ Canadian businesses and associations to our elected representatives on the ongoing blockades of critical infrastructure: we look to you to restore the rule of law and bring a successful end to these illegal actions.
Canadian, U.S. business associations call for immediate action to open Ambassador Bridge
Feb 8, 2022
Business associations on both sides of the border are calling for a swift and immediate clearing of the Windsor-Detroit Ambassador Bridge blockade and a timely re-opening of the bridge.
Guelph is Ready: community leaders come together to discuss a safe return to school
Jan 14, 2022
Officials and community leaders from Guelph gather to discuss being ready for a safe return for students. In an impressive display of community leadership and collaboration, leaders in healthcare, education, public health, and business, along with government, swiftly convened to discuss Guelph’s readiness for our children's return to school.
Letter to Ontario's Finance Minister: Dire Straits for Ontario's Small Businesses
Jan 5, 2022
Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber Network sent the following letter to Minister of Finance, Peter Bethlenfalvy advocating for immediate financial supports for businesses impacted by the current restrictions.