The Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to providing advocacy for its members. To this end, we have developed strong working relationships with local government representatives; this allows us to be aware of upcoming government activities that may impact our members. As an independent organization, the Chamber is able to work with government bodies on projects to help businesses, and at the same time challenge them on other topics that may be negatively affecting businesses. Our Governmental Affairs committee is largely responsible for monitoring government activity and making recommendations to the Board of Directors for action or informational purposes. Additionally, we receive updates and support from the provincial and national chambers, both of which have significant influence on government leaders.
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.
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.
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.