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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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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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Employment Opportunity: Member Sales & Program Manager

June 4, 2019

JOB DESCRIPTION Job Title: Member Sales & Program Manager Reports to: Vice-President of Operations Job Overview GNCC is focused on expanding our membership base and driving continued sustainable organizational growth. This Sales Manager role will be responsible for promoting and supporting GNCC products and services. We are looking for a hard-working, passionate individual with an…

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GNCC Announces 2019 NBAA Finalists and Bestowed Award Recipients

May 22, 2019

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce this year’s finalists for the 16th Annual Niagara Business Achievement Awards, presented by Meridian Credit Union. Award Finalists Young Professional Award – Presented by Bell Mallory Antonello, Niagara Casinos Chris Jarvis, I Challenge Diabetes Michael Farkas, G3 Designs Photography Elizabeth McIntee, Sweetie Pies Bakery Ltd.…

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One Year Board Vacancy

May 21, 2019

Under GNCC’s by-laws, the Board can fill a limited time Board vacancy with a qualified candidate. We have a one-year Board position open from June 2019 until April 2020. If you are interested in putting your name forward, please fill out our form (download: PDF | DOC) and email it to Jennifer Weeks at admin@gncc.caor…

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Brock partners with Niagara chambers for landmark survey

May 15, 2019

Brock University is partnering with the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) and South Niagara Chambers of Commerce (SNCC) on a survey to better understand how the talent and skills capacity of the region lines up with the needs of employers. The Chamber of Commerce Survey is now open on the Brock University website and…

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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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GNCC Reaction to 2019 Ontario Budget

April 12, 2019

The new Government of Ontario released its first budget yesterday afternoon. Although a budget is a closely-guarded secret until its release, some measures were expected: tax cuts aimed at stimulating business growth, dental care for seniors in poverty, childcare subsidies, a transit plan for the GTA, some service cuts and/or efficiencies, a virtually-unavoidable deficit, and…

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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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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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Career Opportunity: Executive VP of Operations and Communication

September 12, 2018

Overview: The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce (GNCC) is rapidly modernizing and proud to contribute to the renewal of its community by serving 1,600 members that employ more than 50,000 people in our region. The GNCC’s mission to support the success of businesses and organizations to ensure the long-term prosperity of Niagara. The Position: The…

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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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