See our latest policy and advocacy work from the Greater Niagara Chamber, promoting policy and governance that’s good for business, and representing Niagara’s business community to government on countrywide, federal issues. Get in touch to let us know how we can support your business. Follow us on twitter at @GNCCadvocacy for up-to-the-minute news or subscribe to get updates in your inbox.


September 10, 2019

The GNCC has released its 2019 Federal Election platform, “Powering the Future of Niagara.” This platform focuses on taxation & regulation, environment & social well-being, and technology & innovation. Powering the Future of Niagara Taxation & Regulation Overhaul and simplify the Canadian tax system for the 21stcentury Canada’s tax system, last comprehensively reviewed decades ago,…

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The Chamber and the Carbon Tax

September 3, 2019

Climate change is a serious threat to our way of life, and its consequences are already being felt in rising food prices, droughts, and extreme weather phenomena. Canada has received a higher level of warming since 1948 than most countries in the world and has seen a correspondingly higher level of climate impact, with Canadian…

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Canada to help small businesses invest in energy-saving equipment and retrofits

May 30, 2019

The Minister of the Environment and Climate Change announced two new proposed programs that will help owners of small and medium-sized businesses be more energy-efficient, save money, and take action to reduce pollution. From Environment and Climate Change Canada  May 30, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario Canadians are fighting climate change because they know a healthy environment and…

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Regulatory Reform: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

April 12, 2019

5 Minutes for Business “A promise made is a debt unpaid.” – Robert W. Service Following last month’s federal budget, Finance Minister Bill Morneau defended Canada’s corporate tax regime and cited regulatory issues as a priority for dealing with Canada’s competitiveness problems. The Minister was half-right. While there is no credible defence for our hopelessly…

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The Good, The Bad, and the Federal Budget: Hugo Chesshire on CFBU

March 27, 2019

Listen as the GNCC’s Director of Policy & Government Relations Hugo Chesshire sits down with Deborah Cartmer from CFBU, Brock Radio, to discuss the Federal Budget and news from around Niagara. If the media player doesn’t work, the audio may be listened to here: http://gncc.ca/members/Hugo_Chesshire_on_CFBU_with_Deborah_Cartmer_March_27_2019.mp3

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GNCC Reaction to 2019 Federal Budget

March 20, 2019

The Government of Canada has released the fourth and final budget for this term of office. While not a complete reaction, the GNCC has shared these preliminary thoughts on some key areas of the 2019 budget. Debt and Deficit While the 2018-2019 deficit projection has been reduced slightly, deficits are projected at $14.9-billion for 2018-2019…

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Tomorrow’s Niagara – Executive Summary

March 15, 2019

The Ontario Government announced a review and potential reform of Niagara’s municipal governance structure. Here is an overview of different governance models. The summaries below include some of the more notable advantages and challenges for each model. For more detail, see the full background paper.  Status Quo Niagara’s government structure remains unchanged No cost –…

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Keep Trade Free

August 14, 2018

For more than two decades, NAFTA has helped to drive the economic growth and prosperity of Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. Businesses in all three countries have benefited from the free flow of goods and services across our borders. Unfortunately, new U.S. tariffs are hurting both businesses and Canada’s relationship with our most important trading…

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Taxation Proposals from Finance

September 15, 2017

Policy Brief Issue: The government has proposed the most radical changes in the treatment of Canadian controlled private corporations in 50 years, including (1) a new tax (effectively 73%) on investment income in a corporation, (2) a much higher tax rate for compensation in a family business deemed “unreasonable,” and (3) new, tougher rules for…

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The Future of NAFTA

August 30, 2017

What’s happening with NAFTA, why, and what does it mean to you?

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Tax Reform in Canada

August 22, 2017

The Government of Canada is reforming the tax code. What does it all mean? Canada’s tax code is complex and confusing. The original tax code was 11 pages long, passed in 1917 to raise revenue for the First World War; today, it is over 3,314. Many would say the tax code is in need of…

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NAFTA Renegotiation Survey

August 16, 2017

The U.S. Government has announced its intention to renegotiate NAFTA, the North American Free Trade Agreement between Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Their requests include: Abolishing dispute-settlement panels More exports of U.S. dairy, grains, and wine Freer trade in telecommunications and online purchases More access to Canadian markets for U.S. banks The threshold for…

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A Note from Hugo – June 2, 2017

June 2, 2017

There has been a lot going on in the government relations world in the last couple of weeks. On Wednesday the 31st, I represented the GNCC at the budget consultation session in St. Catharines, providing preliminary results from our business budget survey and recommendations to the budget team. The survey is still currently open, and…

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Canadian Chamber Applauds New Canadian Free Trade Agreement

April 7, 2017

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce strongly applauds the new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) announced by Canada’s federal and provincial governments. The CFTA, which will come into force on July 1, 2017, will allow for freer trade within Canada and start a process of eliminating regulatory barriers between provinces and territories. This has been a…

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Liberals won’t tax health and dental benefits, says Justin Trudeau

February 2, 2017

After advocacy from the Chamber network, including the GNCC and our partners at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Trudeau government has backed down on its deliberations over taxing employer-provided dental and health benefits. We are pleased that the government has heard the concerns of businesses and working people, and not opted for a move that…

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