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Empowering Business Growth: The Barrie Chamber of Commerce's Advocacy Role

The Barrie Chamber of Commerce stands as a steadfast advocate for the local business community, fostering a collaborative relationship with all levels of government. Our mission is to ensure that the needs and concerns of Barrie businesses are effectively communicated, thereby creating an environment conducive to growth and prosperity.

Engaging with Policymakers for Business Prosperity

A key aspect of our advocacy efforts is our active engagement with policymakers. This crucial dialogue represents the interests of our members, understanding both the challenges and opportunities unique to the Barrie business landscape. Our platform serves as a critical junction, shaping policies to support and enhance the business community.

Enhanced Collaboration with Government Entities

Our advocacy transcends representation. By collaborating with government bodies, we develop strategies and practical solutions tailored to local business needs. This collaborative approach not only fortifies our advocacy efforts but also ensures the implementation of effective solutions.

Global Perspective on Local Advocacy

Mirroring the role of Chambers of Commerce worldwide, the Barrie Chamber adopts an integrated approach encompassing policy advocacy, stakeholder engagement, and community leadership. This creates a supportive ecosystem for businesses, not just in Barrie but in line with global best practices.

Your Partner in Business Advocacy

As your partner, the Barrie Chamber of Commerce is committed to connecting the Barrie business community with government entities. We focus on advocating for policies and initiatives that propel business growth and economic development in the Barrie area. Your voice matters – share your business challenges with us and stay updated on our initiatives and programs dedicated to your success.

Join Our Advocacy Efforts

Become part of our advocacy journey. Learn more about our programs and how you can contribute to shaping a vibrant business future in Barrie.


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2024 Barrie Chamber Annual Report

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2024 Substance Use and Opioids Overdose Primer

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce roundtable discussion with Hon. Michael A. Tibollo, Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. Beyond Emergency Declarations: Charting Ontario’s Course Through the Substance Use and Overdose Crisis On May 23 2024, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce will release the second part of its mental health and addictions work, a primer…

MEDIA RELEASE: Businesses wanted for new Georgian, Barrie Chamber of Commerce project

Georgian College and the Barrie Chamber of Commerce are looking for small- to medium-sized businesses to join their new initiative, COLABORATORY. From left: Paul Markle, Executive Director of the Barrie Chamber of Commerce, Joanne Foxton, Manager, #ChangeTheNow at Georgian, and Nicole Norris, Director, Social Innovation at Georgian. Interested in Joining the Colaboratory Initiative? Complete the…

RFP: AV Event Services, Barrie Business Awards 2024

In our continuing effort to openly and publicly offer opportunities to work with the Barrie Chamber of Commerce, we would like to offer the following RFP: Open bid for the Audio / Video / Staging services for our Barrie Business Awards Gala 2024. Please submit the form below if you can meet or exceed the…

BHER: Nine new innovative partnerships

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Rapid Policy Update: 2024 Federal Budget Ontario Business Perspective

On April 16, 2024, the Government of Canada released its 2024 Budget: Fairness for Every Generation. The following is a summary of highlights from the perspective of Ontario’s business community. Housing Budget 2024 announces a cumulative $8.5 billion in new funding to build 3.87 million new homes by 2031-32. The Budget delivers specific funding commitments to support policies outlined…

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Ontario Chamber of Commerce

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce represents over 56,000 Members through a network of 156 community Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade in addition to a growing corporate base. They serve both Community Chambers and Corporate Members in matters of provincial concern and provide a forum for discussion and the dissemination of views of our Members on matters of concern to the business community.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the national leader in public policy advocacy on business issues. Their goal is to foster a strong, competitive economic environment that benefits Canada and all Canadians. Their customers reflect a strong, diverse network and include: chambers of commerce, boards of trade, corporate members, business associations – businesses of all sizes in all regions as well as non-members who purchase our products and services. They are the national and international voice for Canadian business.

Advocacy Committee

Committee Mandate

Policy Review: To follow legislative proposals at all levels of government and to offer input thereon in order to ensure that lawmakers recognize the needs and views of our constituency. To convey relevant legislative amendments to our constituency. To monitor issues of local interest and to report to the Board monthly.

Business Support: Establish the Chamber and the City of Barrie as a destination for existing and emerging businesses by offering access to resources, guidance and support.

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