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2024 Substance Use and Opioids Overdose Primer

May 23, 2024

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

May 16, 2024

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 Supporting the Colaboratory Initiative? Complete the…

RFP: AV Event Services, Barrie Business Awards 2024

May 13, 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…

Rapid Policy Update: 2024 Federal Budget Ontario Business Perspective

April 23, 2024

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…

Budget 2024: Capital gains pains

April 23, 2024

“Today, after weeks of pre-budget spending announcements on housing, defense, artificial intelligence and more, the government finally answered the questions of “how much will this all cost? And who’s going to pay for it?”. Budget 2024 puts the total bill for all new measures at $57 billion dollars over the projection period. It turns out…

Taking Care of Business: The State of Business Succession and Planning in Ontario

April 23, 2024

Introduction As many of Canada’s large baby-boomer generation (those born between 1946 and 1965) are reaching the typical age of retirement, the Canadian economy is poised to see many experienced workers exit the labour force, likely including many business owners and leaders (Lu and Hou 2022). This process by which an organization changes ownership or…

Canadian Chamber: 2024 Federal Budget – Our Policy Experts’ Insights

April 22, 2024

Policy experts from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce have reviewed the 2024 Federal Budget. On April 16, 2024, the Government of Canada released its 2024 Federal Budget. Policy experts from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce have reviewed the Budget in detail, and their perspective on its implications for Canadian business can be found below. General…

Canada’s 2024 Budget Must Prioritize Productivity, Innovation and Growth

April 4, 2024

Download the PDF (BARRIE, ON – April 4, 2024) – As Canada grapples with global economic headwinds and declining competitiveness, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce has released its 2024 Federal Budget Submission, with proposals to support higher productivity, more innovation, and sustainable, inclusive growth.  “Businesses across the County of Simcoe continue to face challenges as a…


Ontario Budget a Step in the Right Direction; Bigger Leaps Needed to Drive Growth

March 26, 2024

Ontario Chamber Reacts to Budget 2024 (Toronto – March 26, 2024) – The Ontario Chamber of Commerce‘s (OCC) President and CEO, Daniel Tisch, issued the following statement in reaction to the provincial government’s 2024 Budget: Building a Better Ontario. “This budget takes important steps in the right direction, and at a time when Ontario faces…

Ontario Connecting Up to 34,000 People to Primary Care Teams in Simcoe, Bruce and York Regions

March 25, 2024

The Barrie Chamber of Commerce proudly supports our local business community. Today we attended a meet and greet hosted by the PC riding association, featuring Health Minister Sylvia Jones, along with Attorney General Doug Downey, Environment Minister Andrea Khanjin, and our Executive Director, Paul Markle. This event followed Minister Jones’s announcement about significant new funding…

Proud Members, March 2024

March 18, 2024

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 investment into the Chamber. #ProudMember #MemberShowcase…

Barrie Surpasses Housing Goals: Ontario Awards $6.3M in Recognition

March 15, 2024

  [BARRIE – March 15, 2024] The Barrie Chamber of Commerce was honored to witness a landmark announcement by Premier Doug Ford today, celebrating Barrie’s remarkable achievement in exceeding its 2023 housing targets. With a groundbreaking total of 1,716 new housing units last year, Barrie has demonstrated exceptional commitment to making affordable homeownership a reality.…



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