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What We Do

Empowering Local Business

The Barrie Chamber of Commerce was incorporated under the federal Board of Trade Act on June 10, 1926. The Chamber has been serving the local business community for more than 95 years. The Chamber examines community needs to determine what must be done to make it a better place to live and do business. It channels community resources to the fulfillment of those needs. It organizes and develops the necessary leadership to guarantee an effective force for progress, innovation and improvement.

Recent years at the Barrie Chamber have seen major changes in leadership, with a renewed focus on a strategic work plan that will take Barrie businesses to the next level.

Vision Statement

Trusted by leaders, the Barrie Chamber of Commerce is an inclusive community of forward-thinking business champions. Together, Chamber members advocate, connect, encourage and share tangible ideas that generate enterprise success and regional prosperity.

Mission Statement

The Barrie Chamber is your partner for business success because it:

  • Advocates for business, providing a strong voice and vision to grow Barrie’s economy
  • Connects and promotes business, providing events, meetings and resources that support enterprise success
  • Drives community dialogue and brings awareness and innovative solutions through leadership that drives our community’s regional prosperity

Core Values

Influential 

Your Voice will be heard and contributes to the Chamber’s representation of business issues

Honest

An honest broker of information. Consult and demonstrate integrity in decision-making in a non-partisan way

Reliable

Trusted source of information, responsive, decisive and caring

Supportive

Find new ways to serve, engage and represent

Collaborative

Working with businesses for a better Barrie

Inclusive

 Welcoming a diverse spectrum of business leaders Personal, professional, business and community growth can be found throughout the Chamber

Strategic Directions

  • Champion an Inclusive Culture of Prosperity: attract volunteers, staff and business leaders that successfully deliver relevant value in alignment with our vision
  • Establish Innovative Engagement Models: provide members with access to services that are both relevant to their enterprise and accelerates economic recovery
  • Deliver Excellent Service: improve access to, engagement with, and delivery of services to the business community

Chamber Team

The Chamber’s talented, professional team works with hundreds of engaged member companies, volunteers and partners in an effort to create and sustain a dynamic Barrie business community.

Volunteering with the Barrie Chamber

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are a critical component of every successful not-for-profit and charity, and the Chamber is no different. Our volunteers help guide the ship, make events run more smoothly, and give heart to the organization. The Chamber team is grateful for the many volunteers they are privileged to work with every day, and appreciate the time and energy these people give back to their fellow members.

If you are a member, and you are interested in joining any of our committees, please complete the form below, and we will happy to help you find the best fit.

Want to be on the Barrie Chamber Board? Watch for the call for nominations each spring, and consider putting your name forward.

News, Announcements & Press Releases

Canadian Chamber of Commerce: 2023 Fall Economic Statement – Our Policy Experts’ Insights

November 22, 2023

Policy experts from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce have reviewed the 2023 Fall Economic Statement (FES). Their perspective on its implications for Canadian business can be found below. On November…

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Press Release: Road Closures, 2023 Santa Claus Parade

November 17, 2023

PRESS RELEASE: 2023 Barrie Santa Claus Parade Road Closures FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Barrie Chamber of Commerce, November 17, 2023 Update: November 17, 2023 10:45am The Barrie Chamber of Commerce, while…

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Press Release: 2023 Barrie Business Awards Winners

November 6, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Barrie, ON – [November 2, 2023] – The Barrie Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce the triumphant recipients of the 2023 Barrie Business Awards Gala. This prestigious…

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Press Release: Endorsement of the City of Barrie’s Request to Queen’s Park

October 31, 2023

The Barrie Chamber of Commerce strongly supports the City of Barrie and their request to the Province of Ontario for support in expanding our employment lands. “Ensuring that the economic…

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Press Release: 2023 Barrie Santa Claus Parade, New Route

October 26, 2023

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (Barrie – October 26 2023) The Barrie Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to share exciting news is on the horizon! With sections of last year’s route receiving…

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Mind the Gap: Addressing the Mental Health and Addictions Echo Pandemic

October 16, 2023

Small and Medium-Size Businesses Face Outsized Challenges Due to Mental Health “Echo Pandemic”   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  (Toronto – October 17, 2023) – Ontario’s small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are facing…

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Small Businesses at the Heart of the Innovation Economy

October 16, 2023

Small Businesses at the Heart of the Innovation Economy NEWS RELEASE  (Barrie & Simcoe County – October 16, 2023) - Small businesses have always been the backbone of Ontario’s economy, a…

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Ontario Economic Report Fall 2023 Survey

October 11, 2023

The Barrie Chamber of Commerce and the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) are looking for your insights on issues that matter to your businesses. How confident are you in Ontario’s economy…

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Increase to Ontario’s Minimum Wage Oct. 1st

September 29, 2023

Ontario Chamber of Commerce Statement: Starting Sunday, October 1, Ontario’s minimum wage will increase from $15.50 to $16.55 per hour. This is a scheduled increase that takes place every October. The…

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Small Business, BIG IDEAS

September 21, 2023

Small Business Week October 15 to 21, 2023 Small businesses have always been the backbone of Simcoe County community and economy. Against the compounding challenges of the pandemic, these very…

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CEBA Repayment Extension

September 18, 2023

Canada Emergency Business Account: Government extends repayment and partial loan forgiveness deadlines On September 14, 2023, the Prime Minister announced extended deadlines for Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) loan repayments,…

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OCC: Power Of The Purchase Order

September 13, 2023

READ THE BRIEF September 13, 2023 Ontario spends nearly $30 billion each year procuring goods and services, from pencils to complex medical technologies. When making those purchases, government and the…

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