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.
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.
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.