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Addressing the Homeless Crisis in Barrie

May 18, 2023

Barrie Chamber Supports City of Barrie Initiative “Barrie city councillors intend to deter panhandling as part of a motion passed at Wednesday evening’s general meeting, which emphasized the City’s ongoing commitment to address the needs of its homeless population.” CTV Barrie – Read more… Download Barrie Chamber Letter of Endorsement Download City of Barrie Press…

Phishing Scams

May 17, 2023

It’s not us, it’s them It has come to our attention that an email is being circulated once again, claiming to have our mailing list for sale. The Barrie Chamber of Commerce respects your privacy and does not provide a list of contacts for sale or distribution, such as this email claims. If you get…

Proud Members of the Barrie Chamber

May 15, 2023

Join us in celebrating our members! Welcome to our Proud Members eBlast. Each month we will celebrate you, our members! You are the heart and soul of the Barrie Chamber of Commerce. Share your success stories, join us in welcoming new members and welcoming back those returning for another year. Thank you all for your…

Ontario Expanding Clean Home Heating Initiative to Barrie

May 2, 2023

Provincial investment in home heating upgrades helping more families save money and reduce emissions. From left to right: Blair Peberdy – Alectra Utilities, Attorney General Doug Downey, MPP Andrea Khanjin, Sarah Van der Paelt – Enbridge, Hon. Todd Smith – Minister of Energy, Barrie Mayor Alex Nuttall May 2, 2023 BARRIE – The Ontario government…

8 Steps to a Successful Grand Opening or Celebration Event

March 31, 2023

A grand opening or celebration event is a social event to introduce the community to a new business which can also be a “soft opening to attract new customers, generate buzz, gain media attention and to foster goodwill within the business community. Step 1 Date Selection Allow plenty of preparation time. Give yourself 3-4 weeks…

PRESS RELEASE: 2023 Federal Budget Submission

March 27, 2023

Canada’s 2023 Budget Must Address Declining Productivity  (BARRIE – March 27, 2023) – With the economy facing global headwinds, Canada needs competitive investments in innovation, productivity, and sustainable economic growth. However, growth cannot occur without significant and sustained investments from the private sector – and those dollars will flow where productivity is highest. Today, the Barrie…

Press Release: Ontario’s 2023 Budget Must Focus on Growth-Enabling Investments

March 16, 2023

(Barrie – March 16, 2023) - According to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCC) Ontario Economic Report (OER), Ontario business confidence has dropped to a record low in 2023. Labour shortages, inflation, health care system vulnerabilities, and fears of a potential economic contraction are dampening confidence in the province’s economic outlook. To address these issues, the…

2023 Ontario Economic Report Click here to read the report

2023 Ontario Economic Report

February 8, 2023

Click here to read the 2023 Ontario Economic Report (PDF) #OER2023

Press Release: 2023 Ontario Economic Report

February 7, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 7, 2023   Business Confidence Hits Record Low, Chamber Report   Despite low confidence in the economy, most businesses are optimistic about the outlook of their own organizations  (Barrie – February 7, 2023) – Business confidence has dropped to a new low according to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s (OCC) seventh annual…

Joint Letter, Replacement Workers 20230202

February 2, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 2, 2023 Hon. Seamus O’Regan, P.C., M.P. Minister of Labour Email: Hon. François-Philippe Champagne, P.C., M.P. Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada Email: Hon. Omar Alghabra, P.C., M.P. Minister of Transport Email:   Dear Ministers: The proposal to introduce legislation on prohibiting replacement workers in federally…



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