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Amplifying the Voice of Barrie Businesses

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 Pre-Budget Informal Breakfast with Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy

(Barrie, ON) – January 11, 2024 The Province seeks ideas from workers, families, business owners and communities on what is needed and what they want to see in the 2024 Budget. Minister of Finance Peter Bethlenfalvy requested the Barrie Chamber of Commerce host a breakfast for Ministers and MPP’s involved in the Pre-Budget Consultations, to…

RFP: AV Event Services, Women in Business 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 Women in Business Gala 2024. Please submit the form below if you can meet or exceed the…

Press Release: 2024 Mayor’s Luncheon with Mayor Alex Nuttall

MEDIA RELEASE For Immediate Release January 3, 2024   Barrie, ON – The Barrie Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the City of Barrie and Invest Barrie, is excited to announce the return of the highly anticipated Annual Mayor’s Update Luncheon. This prestigious event is scheduled for Wednesday, January 24, 2024, at Liberty North, 100…

Policy Primer: Transitioning to Low-Carbon Fleets in Ontario

In this policy primer, we delve into the transition to Low-Carbon Commercial Fleet in Ontario, discussing the pivotal steps and strategies businesses can adopt. MEDIA RELEASE Immediate release December 7, 2023 (TORONTO – December 7, 2023) – Transportation is the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in Ontario. While there is a growing shift toward…

Press Release: Launch of the 2024 Women In Business Awards

Nominations are now open! NOMINATE NOW FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Barrie Chamber of Commerce Announces the 2024 Women in Business Awards   Barrie, ON – November 30, 2023 – To honor the impact of women on Barrie’s business community, the Barrie Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to announce the Women in Business Awards for 2024. This…

CEBA Loan Repayment

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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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