In The News

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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St. Catharines government policy must be fair and rules-driven

November 2, 2019

Sound evidence and reasoning are the foundation to making sound decisions. It is the principle that has guided our work at Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. It is the principle that has steered the work of our governments as well. Yet, on Oct. 7, St. Catharines city council narrowly voted to ignore both a staff…

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Province backs off forced amalgamation for Niagara

October 25, 2019

The possibility that Queen’s Park will mash together Niagara cities and towns through forced amalgamation appears to be dead. Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark announced on Friday that the province is abandoning any idea of forcibly amalgamating municipalities in Niagara and a number of other regions in Ontario, almost 10 months after the…

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Ontario Launches Red Tape Reduction Website to Hear Directly from Local Businesses

October 24, 2019

The Ontario government has launched a new website that will make it easier for businesses to help make the province open for business and open for jobs by inviting them to submit their ideas on modernizing regulations and reducing red tape. Prabmeet Sarkaria, Associate Minister of Small Business and Red Tape Reduction, officially launched the new website, October…

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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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Debi Pratt Given Lifetime Achievement Award

October 10, 2019

Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Debi Pratt will be honoured at the Women in Business Awards for her 40-plus years of achievement in the wine industry. The woman who, alongside Donald Ziraldo and Karl Kaiser, was a pioneer in the development of the Niagara, Ontario and Canadian wine industries, is the recipient of the 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award. The…

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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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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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CAA Now offering auto and home insurance to GNCC members

August 21, 2019

The Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce are excited to share with you the news of a new insurance partnership with CAA Insurance Company. CAA Insurance was chosen because of their focus on delivering value, outstanding claims service, loyalty discounts and trusted brand presence. With CAA Insurance, GNCC members will…

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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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Emilio Raimondo named as a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (FRAIC)

June 25, 2019

Niagara architect Emilio Raimondo has been named Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC). The award of a Fellowship of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) recognise the recipient’s enhancement of excellence in the practice of architecture, in particular in one or more of the areas of design, building science, research, public…

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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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Charles Conteh: Engaging the next frontier of manufacturing in Niagara

May 31, 2019

From the economic decimation of cataclysmic plant closures, layoffs and a massive spike in poverty some 20 years ago, Niagara has moved to seeing positive trends in manufacturing in recent years. Employment in the region’s manufacturing sector has increased 13 per cent over the past six years (2012-18). Sector-wide, manufacturing employment increased by 2,075 jobs…

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GNCC co-sponsors resolution calling for tax relaxation on Ontario wines

May 29, 2019

The wine and grape industry is a massive driver to the province’s economy. In 2015, it contributed $4.4 billion to the Ontario economy by supporting 18,000 jobs and hundreds of small family-owned businesses, while also attracting over 2.4 million tourists to wine country every year By Rakesh Naidu Windsor Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce On…

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Niagara College President Dan Patterson to conclude his tenure in June 2020

May 28, 2019

President Dan Patterson, the dynamic, visionary and tireless leader of Niagara College, has advised the Board of Governors that he will conclude his tenure as Niagara College president when his current term ends on June 30, 2020. While he remains as passionate and energized about Niagara College as he was at the beginning of his…

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