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Binational Opposition to Trusted Traveler Program Removal

February 24, 2020

February 21, 2020   The Honorable Chad F. Wolf Acting Secretary United States Department of Homeland Security 3801 Nebraska Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20528 Re: Binational Opposition to Trusted Traveler Program Removal Dear Acting-Secretary Wolf: Canada and the United States of America are linked by much more than a border. Our nations are connected by…

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Phone Spoofing: An Alert to GNCC Members

February 20, 2020

Did you get a phone call from 905-684-2100? If so, you may have been contacted by a scammer using number-spoofing technology. A quick Google search reveals that 905-684-2100 was the fax line that the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce used in previous years. That fax line has been canceled, and direct calls to 905-684-2100 receive…

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GNCC to offer suggestions for Ontario 2020 budget

January 24, 2020

The Government of Ontario has issued a call for submissions in its pre-budget consultations, and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) will offer suggestions for the 2020 budget. The vision of the GNCC is to see the Niagara region at its social and economic best, and the Chamber will be presenting policy options that…

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GNCC applauds Ontario small business tax rate cut

January 6, 2020

In welcome news, the Government of Ontario has announced that, effective January 1st of this year, it will reduce the small business Corporate Income Tax by 8.7%, to a new rate of 3.2%. Small businesses are the backbone of Ontario’s economy. Almost all of Niagara’s businesses are small- or medium-sized enterprises, and nearly four in…

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GNCC Welcomes Municipal Nominee Immigration Program

January 6, 2020

In his mandate letter, Prime Minister Trudeau instructed Immigration Minister Mendicino to begin work on a program that would give local communities, chambers of commerce and labour councils a say in the selection of immigrants, helping them match newcomers with labour needs. The GNCC has suggested such a program in the past, anticipating that allowing…

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GNCC Optimistic for Future of North American Trade

December 11, 2019

The GNCC was pleased to receive the announcement that U.S. House Democrats had approved the CUSMA trade agreement. We have strongly advocated for free trade and hope that this agreement will clear the way for uninterrupted and unhindered trade between the United States, Mexico, and Canada. We urge legislatures to ratify this agreement quickly and…

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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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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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Announcing the Finalists for the 2019 Women in Business Awards

October 21, 2019

Women in Niagara and the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce are proud to present the finalists for the 2019 Women in Business Awards (WIBAs). The 19th Annual WIBAs are presented by Canadian Tire Bank and the Pen Centre and Founding Partners the Niagara Falls Review, St. Catharines Standard, and Welland Tribune. The WIBAs take place…

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