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City, GNCC team up to give women a Seat at the Table

November 5, 2019

 The City of St. Catharines and Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) are teaming up to get more women on the municipal ballot, and in seats around the City Council table.  Thanks to a grant from Women and Gender Equality Canada, in partnership with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the City is excited to launch…

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GNCC Still Optimistic for Future of Niagara Governance

October 25, 2019

Today, the Government of Ontario announced that the result of its study of governance reform in regions across Ontario, including Niagara, was to accept the status quo. To many who were looking for changes in the municipal government structure, this will come as a disappointment. However, the GNCC does not take it to mean that…

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What does the federal election mean for Niagara’s businesses?

October 24, 2019

The 2019 election is over. The governing Liberal Party was reduced to a minority, albeit a strong one, while the Conservative Party and the Bloc Québécois made considerable gains. An NDP surge was expected from polling but did not materialize on election day, likely as a result of strategic voting, while the Green Party gained…

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GNCC announces expansion of Trade Accelerator Program to Niagara

October 23, 2019

Partnership with World Trade Centre Toronto to deliver award-winning program empowering small and medium-sized businesses to export The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce the launch of the Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) in the Niagara Region. Winner of the 2018 Ontario Export Award for Export Excellence, TAP debuted locally on October 4…

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Niagara Region Public Transit Survey

July 31, 2019

Public transit in Niagara is a key driver of prosperity and poverty reduction in our community. Niagara Region is conducting a quick survey to better understand what Niagara residents want and need from their transit system. Please consider completing the survey by clicking below:

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Province launches public consultation on land use and housing policy

July 23, 2019

Ontario residents will have 90 days to comment on changes to Ontario’s land-use policies which, according to Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark, will create more housing stock in the province. Clark announced the consultation during a speech at a Great Niagara Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Rockway Vineyards in St. Catharines Monday morning. Clark said…

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Port Colborne Quarry

July 18, 2019

Port Colborne Quarries (PCQ) has operated three pits in Port Colborne for many years. The first, now exhausted, has become subject to public controversy over the future use of the site. Unfortunately, misinformation about these issues has spread. The GNCC hopes to shed light on it and to help elected officials reach an evidence-based decision…

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GNCC Comments on Proposed Government Reform in Niagara

May 13, 2019

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce, as Niagara’s largest business organization, wishes to offer these comments on the Government of Ontario’s proposal to review and potentially alter the governance structure of Niagara. Our mandate is to improve business competitiveness in Niagara and to foster an environment where our members can thrive. The GNCC is agnostic…

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GNCC Delegation on Governance Reform

May 2, 2019

On May 1st, the Government of Ontario’s special advisers, Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling, were in Niagara to hear delegations on governance reform. The GNCC was there to represent the interests of business, and you can see the presentation from CEO Mishka Balsom and Government Relations Director Hugo Chesshire above. The GNCC spoke about the…

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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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Provincial Government Survey

March 14, 2019

Help inform the Government of Ontario’s review of regional municipalities  Ontario is launching online consultation for the regional government review of eight regional municipalities and their lower-tiers.  In total, 82 municipalities are included in the review.   The government invites our members to share their thoughts on the municipalities where you live, work or spend time. …

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Governance Reform Survey Results

February 13, 2019

The Government of Ontario recently announced that it intended to review and possibly reform the governments of several municipalities across the province, including Niagara. We ran a survey to assess what Niagara needs from its government. Answering that question enables us to assess what model of government would best fit those needs. In summary, Niagara’s…

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Shifting the conversation about governance reform

January 23, 2019

Last week, the Government of Ontario announced that it will be reviewing the government structure of eight regions in the province, including their lower-tier municipalities, and Niagara is one of them. Two highly-regarded special advisers, Michael Fenn and Ken Seiling, have been appointed and their recommendations are scheduled to be submitted to the minister of…

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GNCC Releases Vote for a Prosperous Niagara Platform

May 4, 2018

Niagara, May 4, 2018 – The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) has released its 2018 provincial election platform. The suite of policy proposals, built after extensive research and consultation with members, industry leaders and the Ontario Chamber network, aims at building business competitiveness in both Niagara and Ontario and at sustaining a vibrant, healthy…

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Economy report not telling the full story: Balsom

February 9, 2018

A recent report that gave high marks to Niagara’s economy isn’t telling the full story, says the president and CEO of Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce.“We’re very positive about Niagara, but I think when you look at this report, or any report, you also have to look at the big picture,” Mishka Balsom said about…

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