The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce has built long lasting deep-rooted connections with municipal, provincial and federal policy and decision makers. We advocate on behalf of our members and as your business champion, we ensure your business needs are addressed. Our committees and task forces are powered by our members. We rely on our business leaders to ensure our mandates and outcomes are met.

Our Committees Work Hard For Our Members

2023-24 Municipal Committee Mandate              

The Municipal Advocacy Committee (MAC) will provide leadership in addressing municipal issues of importance to the Greater Sudbury business community. It will attempt to identify, communicate, and remove barriers to doing business and enhance the overall economic prosperity of the city. The committee is determining its priorities for 2023-2024, have your say by reaching out to Andy at [email protected].

2023-24 Provincial Committee Mandate             

The Provincial Advocacy Committee (PAC) will provide leadership in addressing provincial (and federal) issues of importance to the Greater Sudbury business community. It will attempt to identify, communicate, and remove barriers to doing business in the province and enhance the overall economic prosperity of Greater Sudbury. The committee is determining its priorities for 2023-2024, have your say by reaching out to Andy at [email protected].

Join a Committee!

Applying to be on a committee is a great way to steer our advocacy efforts. Feedback from our members is the only way to decide what our priorities should be on key issues. Applications for our commitments occurs in the fall of each year, usually in September. Consider joining a committee by applying using this form:

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Our Advocacy WINS!

2023-24 Municipal Advocacy Committee (MAC)

  • Advocated for and supported the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot
  • Monitored and gave feedback about the city’s progress on major projects
  • Monitor the city’s plans for economic recovery, particularly the Downtown Master Plan Update and Nodes and Corridors Strategy
  • Contributed and supported the city’s efforts to improve development and change bylaws that have a negative impact on businesses, including the Future Ready Development Services Committee
  • Review the City’s Employment Lands Strategy and advocate where required to support local businesses

2023-24 Provincial Advocacy Committee (PAC)             

  • Successfully passed two policy resolutions at the OCC AGM re: availability and affordability of childcare, and changes to card-based certification
  • Successfully passed a policy resolution at the CCC AGM re: making RNIP a permanent program
    • RNIP has successfully become a permanent program as of 2024!
  • Met with the Ministry of Transportation to hear about progress on the four-laning of Highway 69

2023-2024 Municipal Red Tape Task Force

  • Met with businesses in the development space to understand challenges
  • Met with senior city officials to express concerns around red tape
  • Presented on the red flags holding up development at the Future Ready Development Services Committee
  • Met with several councilors to express some member feedback around development

Our 2023 Policy Resolutions

Our policy resolutions are based on issues that are of provincial or national importance, and are submitted to the Ontario Chamber of Commerce or Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGMs, respectively. These resolutions are debated, and if approved by the delegates at those conventions, they become the official policy of the Ontario or Canadian chamber, who then lobby for them with senior levels of government.


OCC Policy Resolutions:

All three of the chamber’s policy resolutions submitted to OCC were approved by the delegates at the AGM. The resolutions are – “Addressing Challenges of Ontario’s Largest Economic Sector: Small Business,” “Extend Exemptions for the Non-Resident Speculation Tax,” and “Ignite the Development of the Ring of Fire.”


CCC Policy Resolutions:

The chamber has submitted its policy resolution titled, “Make the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Permanent” for the CCC AGM in October 2023


 

TOOLKIT UPDATE | Ontario Chamber of Commerce 2022-2023 Annual Report & Resolutions Tracker


The OCC unveiled their 2022-2023 Annual Report.

The OCC’s 2022-2023 Annual Report marks a significant shift in the organization’s approach to reporting to its membership. The annual report will now replace the previous format of policy report cards and policy compendium updates, which will instead be available in a digital format. This new digital approach will allow for more timely and efficient delivery of critical policy information to members and stakeholders. By providing these updates in a digital format, the OCC can ensure that policy information is readily accessible and up-to-date, allowing for greater engagement and more effective advocacy efforts. This transition reflects the OCC’s commitment to leveraging technology and innovation to better serve its members and advance the interests of Ontario’s business community.

They also unveiled their updated Resolutions Tracker. Resolutions submitted by chambers of commerce and boards of trade at the OCC Annual General Meeting and Convention serve a crucial role in directing provincial advocacy with government. This document highlights key actions and wins by the OCC on each resolution.

Read the 2023 Ontario Economic Report.