Join our Newsletter
Email or Call Today! 1-705-721-5000






Member Blog

The Chamber blog is a great place to find out the latest news, see event photos, and get great business tips - send in your good news notices to for inclusion in our Positive Press for Members tag.

Government Relations Committee Update

Monday, November 10, 2014

Your Government Relations Committee consists of interested members of the Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce, who advocate on your behalf, to make our elected officials accountable to the business community. The committee also gathers relevant government information, and shares it with the membership of the Chamber in the form of blog posts and social media.

The Government Relations Committee strongly recommends that the members of the Chamber bring forth their concerns as business owners so they can advocate on their behalf.

Regulatory Update from OCC

The following information was received from the Ontario Chamber of Commerce Quarterly Regulatory Update. The topics include:

  • Canada-Ontario Job Grant (COJG) Training Programs – Now accepting Applications
  • Reforms to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Program: New Measures for Canadian Employers - In Effect
  • Government of Canada Small Business Job Credit - In Effect January 1st, 2015
  • Ministry of Labour Internship Regulations - Ongoing
  • Reminder: Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Compliance Standards - In Effect

Municipal Debate

The committee organized the Barrie Candidates Debate which was held on October 2, 2014 and there was strong representation from the candidates for Mayor and from people who ran for the local council positions. Rogers TV filmed the debate live and re-broadcast it several times leading up to the election. The Chamber appreciates the participation of all candidates, volunteers, and attendees.

Your Committee

Here are the members of your committee: Henry Legge (Chair), Darren Robinson, Melanie Meade, David Brophy, Craig Fowler, Debbie DeCaire, Heather Hill, John Tom, Jim Hosick, Marianne Craig, Monika Maizis, Peter Madden, Stella Millis, Todd Tuckey, Jean Oostrom (Chamber staff)

How Can We Help Your Business?

The Government Relations Committee meets the 2nd Friday of every month. As a Chamber member, if you would like the committee to address any issues that concern you as a local business owner, please submit agenda items to or mail them to: Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce - Government Relations Committee, 97 Toronto Street, Barrie ON L4N 1V1.

Henry Legge, Government Relations Committee Chair
Greater Barrie Chamber of Commerce

Bell Invest Barrie TD Canada Trust Mortgage Wellness Group Barriston Law LLP OLG Slots at Georgian Downs Barrie Country Club Ltd.