Business advocacy is at the forefront of the Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce mandate.

The Advocacy Committee monitors and positively influences Municipal, Provincial and Federal affairs including taxation, government spending, regulations and business programming as well as any matter relating to business retention and expansion in the Brockville area.

Please visit this page in the future for updates on our advocacy efforts. Listed below are the most current efforts:

May 2024

The Brockville & District Chamber of Commerce supported the Canadian Chamber of Commerce with this letter to Ministers O’Regan Jr. and Rodriguez.

You can read the letter here.

March 2024

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce’s advocacy committee submitted a letter of support to the City of Brockville in support of the proposed redevelopment project in the City of Brockville, which entails the construction of a 9-storey mixed- use building.

February 2024

You may view the survey here.

November 2023

Thank you to the businesses who participated in the survey that we had sent out regarding the impact that the current homelessness and drug crisis has had on business.

The survey results can now be accessed and Executive Director Pam Robertson has since met with the Mayor and City Manager to discuss what further steps can be taken.

We are also working with the Leeds Grenville & Lanark District Health Unit regarding sharps waste protocol for businesses.

We will continue to advocate for all businesses in our community as the area’s Voice of Business!

You may view the results here.

October 2023

Survey Regarding Homelessness and Drug Crisis

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce sent out a survey with the goal to better advocate for all businesses, members and nonmembers.

The goal is to bring the feedback from businesses to City Council, the Joint Services Committee, and Provincial Representatives for action and review.

You may view the survey here.

August 29, 2023

You may view the survey here.

July 24,2023

Industry Associations Call for More Time to Repay CEBA loans:

Please click here to view the letter to The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister. The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce was proud to rally amongst Industry Associations to extend CEBA loans to 2025.

The Chamber sent out a survey asking businesses how the CEBA loans affected their business, if they were aware of certain repayment rules, and if they were aware of the Chamber’s advocacy efforts.

Executive Director Pam Robertson shared the news of the CEBA extension on YourTV with Doreen Barnes, while further discussing the Chamber’s advocacy efforts.

You may view the survey here.

You may watch the interview here.

April 2023

The Brockville and District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to have Co-Sponsored 6 Proposed Policy Resolutions that were brought forward at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s Annual General Meeting in April 2023 :

  • Proposed Policy Resolution #12 – Diversifying healthcare to ease the burden on Emergency Rooms and family doctors
  • Proposed Policy Resolution #21– In the Spirit of Business
  • Proposed Policy Resolution #23– Invest in Workforce Planning Boards
  • Proposed Policy Resolution #34 – Strengthen Connectivity Between Businesses and Post-Secondary Institutions
  • Proposed Policy Resolution #40 – Supporting Safer and Healthier communities through a Detox Centre in a collaborative approach when dealing with those experiencing Homelessness, Mental Health and Addictions
  • Proposed Policy Resolution #41 – Tax Rebates for Home Care

Please click here to read more regarding the Issue, Background and Recommendations for the Ontario Chamber

October 2022

Letter to Commissioner Regarding the Redrawing of Federal Boundaries

Ontario Chamber of Commerce

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) is the indispensable partner of business and Canada’s largest, most influential provincial chamber. It is an independent, non-profit advocacy and member services organization. The OCC has 60,000 members, including large multinational corporations, small-to-medium-sized enterprises, labour unions, postsecondary institutions, non-profits, associations and close to 160 chambers of commerce and boards of trade.

The OCC’s mission is to convene, align and advance the interests of its members through principled policy work, value-added business services and broad engagement to drive competitiveness and economic growth in the province.

1. Non-Partisan & Principled
2. Member-Driven
3. Entrepreneurial
4. Inclusive, Collaborative and Respectful
5. Fiscally Responsible & Professionally Managed

Strategic Plan
The OCC’s Strategic Plan, The Indispensable Partner of Business, outlines a series of overarching goals, objectives, and strategies, ensuring that the OCC continues to create value for its members and stakeholders. Our strategic plan enables us to deliver the relevance, engagement, and practical value to help strengthen Ontario businesses and contribute to the prosperity of our communities.

Click this link to read the 2023 Provincial Budget Submission

Click this link to read the 2023 Federal Budget Submission

For more information on the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, click here:

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Learn more what the Canadian Chamber of Commerce is doing for the membership: click the link below

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