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.
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.
Delegation to City Council: Outdoor Dining District
Sep 22, 2020
Mayor Cam Guthrie called a special meeting of city council on September 21 in an effort to keep the Downtown Dining District open past September 21. Our President & CEO, Shakiba Shayani, delegated at this meeting to support the extension of the Dining District and outdoor patio expansions in the city. Read her presentation below.
Presentation to Standing Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs
Sep 2, 2020
Guelph Chamber President & CEO, Shakiba Shayani, presented to the Provincial Government's Standing Committee on Finance & Economic Affairs last week to advocate for small and medium sized businesses. Read her presentation here.
Letter to Premier Ford from Mayor's Task Force on Economic Recovery
May 26, 2020
Today, the Mayor's Task Force on Economic Recovery, in which the Chamber is a part of, sent the following letter to the Provincial Government to advocate for municipalities to make reasonable policy modifications to enable businesses to re-open.
Chamber participates in Mayor's Economic Recovery Task Force
Apr 17, 2020
The Guelph Chamber is committed to advocating strongly for our members during this crisis and looks forward to ensuring our members are heard while being a key member of the Mayor's Economic Recovery Task Force.
Letter to Justin Trudeau & Minister Morneau: Wage Subsidy Delivery
Apr 3, 2020
On April 3, 2020, Canada's Innovation Corridor Business Council (in which the Guelph Chamber of Commerce is a member of) sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau to advocate for the urgency for the federal government to revise the delivery mechanism for this program in a way that prioritizes speed.
New Research Identifies Opportunities to Support Small Business Success
Feb 26, 2020
Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s and Guelph Chamber of Commerce’s fourth annual Ontario Economic Report Introduces New Small Business Friendliness Indicator.
2020 Ontario Ministry of Finance - Budget Consultation Submission
Feb 11, 2020
We recently delegated to representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Finance and submitted a written recommendation letter on behalf of our members. We advocated for red tape reduction and for the Provincial Government to fund and action Two Way All Day Go immediately. Read the full submission here.
A Letter to Lloyd Longfield, MP: 2020 Pre-Budget Submission
Jan 23, 2020
On January 22, Shakiba Shayani, President & CEO of the Guelph Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Lloyd Longfield, Guelph's MP, outlining key areas in which the Government of Canada can create an environment that encourages investment, innovation, skill development and attraction of talent through Canada's tax system and regulatory framework.