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.
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.
Letters to Premier Ford & Prime Minister Trudeau: Supporting small business
Dec 22, 2021
The Ontario Chamber Network sent the following letters to Premier Doug Ford and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today urging the province to provide further supports for small business and a long-term plan to improve business confidence.
Memo: Supply Chain Disruptions & Delays
Dec 9, 2021
Click here to read a memo on supply chain disruption and delays.
CEO's Response to Council's Approval of the City's First Multi-Year Budget
Dec 6, 2021
On December 6, Shakiba Shayani, President & CEO, Guelph Chamber of Commerce, released a statement in reaction to City Council’s 2022-2023 budget
CEO Speech: 2022 Budget Delegation to City Council
Nov 18, 2021
On November 18, 2021, CEO Shakiba Shayani delegated to Guelph's city council on the proposed 2022 budget.
Statement on Minimum Wage Hike
Nov 2, 2021
The Ontario and Guelph Chambers of Commerce released the following statement on the minimum wage hike set for January 1, 2022.