The 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 at every level. 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.


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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Roundtable Discussion with Doug Ford

April 13, 2018

On April 4, 2018 the GNCC convened a roundtable discussion with local business owners, MPPs Sam Oosterhoff and Toby Barrett, Mayor and PC candidate for Niagara Centre April Jeffs, and the newly elected Progressive Conservative party leader Doug Ford. The GNCC had been approached by Mr. Ford’s staff, who were keen for him to hear…

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Changes to Workplace Rules Coming April 1st – Are You Prepared?

March 15, 2018

Further changes to the legislation governing Ontario’s workplaces from the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act 2017, a.k.a. Bill 148, take effect on April 1st. Is your business ready? The Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act introduced sweeping changes for Ontario employers, most notoriously an increase in minimum wage to $14/hr beginning January 1st, 2018, and to…

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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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GNCC Advocates for Better Long-Term Parking in Downtown St. Catharines

February 5, 2018

BACKGROUND: The St. Catharines Downtown Parking Study opines that there is adequate long-term parking in Downtown St. Catharines and that, in the future, it will be necessary to increase the parking available to accommodate the average rate of growth that will be seen through the Place to Grow initiatives. However, there is, in fact, already…

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How businesses can access government funds to offset the Bill 148 wage increase

January 22, 2018

Bill 148 is here, $14/hr minimum wage is now a reality, and the first paycheques at the new rate have gone out. This has been the GNCC’s top advocacy priority since it was announced, and we have done an enormous amount of work on behalf of Niagara’s business community, but there are some things you…

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Apply for the GNCC Board of Directors Today

January 8, 2018

  Board Nominations & Elections The GNCC Board Nominations committee is now seeking applications for nomination to the GNCC Board of Directors. There are 8 positions available. It’s easy to apply — simply complete our form and provide a bio and a statement of interest. Nomination deadline is February 6, 2018. Board Nominations Under the GNCC’s by-laws, the Nominating…

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Niagara must be forward-thinking

October 23, 2017

On Oct. 26, the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) will host the 6th annual Niagara Economic Summit. Previous summits looked at answering controversial questions around job market myths, the skills gap, and our infrastructure and public transit. The summit is a key driver for Niagara initiatives. The event not only highlights concerns, but brings…

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Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation: Experience Survey

October 12, 2017

As you are probably aware, the  Hon. Navdeep Bains, P.C. M.P., Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development has directed the INDU Committee (Parliamentary Standing Committee for Industry) to conduct a statutory review of Canada’s Anti-spam Legislation (CASL). That process began on September 26th. The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) would like to deliver a…

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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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GNCC Presents Bill 148 Brief with Karl Baldauf

September 15, 2017

The GNCC welcomed Ontario Chamber of Commerce Vice-President Karl Baldauf back to Niagara on September 15 in the latest Niagara Business Leadership Series breakfast. Bill 148, the Fair Workplaces, Better Jobs Act (2017), introduces sweeping legislation that will transform Ontario’s workplaces and employer-employee relationships, including: Increases to vacation pay and personal emergency leave Card-based union…

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Financial Accountability Office of Ontario Warns of Employment Losses from Minimum Wage Hike

September 12, 2017

Today, the independent Financial Accountability Office of Ontario (FAO) issued its commentary on the proposed minimum wage hike – and the results are quite sobering. Although the higher minimum wage would raise total labour income by 1.3 per cent by 2019 (adjusted for inflation), only a quarter of that income would directly benefit low-income families,…

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Federal Tax Proposal Requires Dialogue

September 1, 2017

Canada’s Finance Minister Bill Morneau released a plan to end what he calls “unfair tax advantages.” He says that his proposed tax changes, the most radical in 50 years, are about “fairness.” Some Niagara businesses see it differently. Imagine two individuals, both earning $80,000 per year. One has a comfortable salary with four weeks’ vacation.…

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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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Last chance to participate in jobs inventory

August 23, 2017

The deadline to complete Niagara Region’s annual employment survey is September 30, 2017.  The jobs inventory aims to create a complete picture of employment in the region.  Data is being collected about the types and size of businesses and how many people they employ, contributing to a clearer picture of Niagara’s economic conditions. The 2016…

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