Throughout our history, the Guelph Chamber has played an important role in bringing together business and community leaders to advocate to 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 membership and our partners at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, our proactive policy and advocacy work promotes the conditions that enables business success.
We do this by:
- Help you navigate your business challenges
- 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, Mayor, and stakeholders
Keep up to date on what we’ve been advocating for by reading our updates below.
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.
US Consul General Roundtable
Nov 4, 2019
This afternoon, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce hosted Greg Stanford, Toronto’s US Consul General.As the Consul works to help support a prosperous and resilient North America, members had the opportunity to engage in a fulsome discussion.
Red Tape Roundtable with The Hon. Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria
Oct 25, 2019
This morning, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce hosted a Red Tape Roundtable with The Honourable Prabmeet Singh Sarkaria, the Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction.
Send a Message to Queen's Park
Oct 7, 2019
The Guelph Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce are looking for your insight on what matters to business.
Addressing Regional Imbalances Critical to Ontario's Future
Sep 12, 2019
Today, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and the Guelph Chamber of Commerce released a new report, The Great Mosaic: Reviving Ontario’s Regional Economies. The report outlines how government of all levels can work with industry to unleash the potential of Ontario’s regional economies and reinforce the competitiveness of the province as a wh...
Unleashing the Economic Potential of Ontario's Beverage Alcohol Sector
Jul 22, 2019
Today, the Guelph Chamber of Commerce and Ontario Chamber of Commerce released a new report, Refreshing the Sale of Beverage Alcohol in Ontario. This report outlines how the Province could modernize the sale and distribution of beverage alcohol and responsibly promote growth across all four categories - wine, beer, spirits and cider.