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.
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.
Op Ed: A thriving & welcoming downtown is good business
Nov 1, 2021
On November 1, CEO Shakiba Shayani released the following op ed on addressing the changing needs of Guelph's diverse downtown community.
Your Business Matters: Federal Election Pillars
Sep 8, 2021
Canada’s next parliament must take decisive steps to introduce policy that ensure Ontario’s post-pandemic competitiveness and long-term growth. The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and Ontario Chamber Network call on all political parties to take bold action to strengthen business competitiveness as the economy continues to reopen and recover.
Canada’s Innovation Corridor Business Council Urges Ontario to Adopt a COVID Safe Pass
Aug 13, 2021
Canada's Innovation Corridor Business Council wrote a letter to Premier Ford urging the province to consider adapting a digital tool, such as the COVID Safe Pass to ensure our economy can stay open.
Chamber releases position on proof-of-immunization
Jul 16, 2021
This afternoon, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce released a letter to Prime Minister Trudeau, Minister Hajdu, Premier Ford, and Minister Elliot on the Ontario Chamber Network's position on proof-of-immunization.
Better Budgets: Bolstering the Fiscal Resilience of Ontario’s Municipalities
Jul 16, 2021
As all levels of government look to balance debt and deficits while protecting the well-being of our communities, Better Budgets: Bolstering the Fiscal Resilience of Ontario’s Municipalities, identifies 14 recommendations for both the Province and municipalities which can bring immediate and long-term relief to communities across Ontario.
Service Gaps in Guelph caused by Greyhound Closure
Jul 12, 2021
On July 7, the Guelph Chamber, City of Guelph and University of Guelph sent a joint letter to Ontario's Minister of Transportation, Caroline Mulroney on the service gaps in Guelph caused by the closure of Greyhound services.