Chamber advocacy contributes to extension of immigration pilot

On August 26, Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced the extension of the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot (RNIP) program to 2024 and that the boundaries for seven of the 11 participating communities have been expanded. The Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber Network have been long-term supporters of RNIP program…

Proposed changes to EI must be financially sustainable

On July 29, the Chamber Network sent a letter to the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion to convey employers’ concerns regarding the proposed EI reforms. As part of the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan, a series of temporary measures were introduced to make the EI Program more…

Arming Businesses with Information on Potential EI Reforms 

Sweeping changes that are being recommended to modernize the federal government’s employment insurance program will cost employers billions of dollars if they are realized, said the commissioner for employers at the Canada Employment Insurance Commission. Nancy Healey is responsible for representing the views and positions of organizations and individuals that are clients of, or affected…

Extend the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Program

June 3, 2022 The Honourable Sean FraserMinister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship CanadaHouse of CommonsOttawa, ON K1A 0A6 Dear Minister Fraser: RE: Rural & Northern Immigration Pilot The Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot, launched by your Government in 2019, has provided a much-needed path to permanent residence for skilled foreign workers who want to live…

Chamber’s Policy Resolutions Receive Overwhelming Support at OCC AGM

The Ontario Chamber of Commerce’s AGM & Convention represents one of the most significant opportunities for business leaders from across the province to come together to network with peers, debate policy issues important to the Ontario business community, and shape advocacy agenda for the year ahead. This year’s AGM took place in Brampton from April…

Open letter from Canadian businesses to our elected representatives

February 11, 2022 – Canadian businesses have suffered under the strain of constant disruptions over the last two years. The challenges they have had to overcome have included COVID-19, extreme weather events, increasing inflationary pressures, labour shortages and supply chain disruptions. Now achieving a successful recovery is threatened by the ongoing blockades of the critical infrastructure…

Letter to the Premier Re: Vaccine Passport Verification Costs

Today, the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Premier Doug Ford sharing our membership’s concerns regarding the costs associated with vaccine passport verification. The chamber indicated that many businesses have operated under reduced capacity for a significant period of time and, with the introduction of the COVID-19 vaccine certificate requirements, have had to…

Letter to the Chief of Police re: Members’ Concerns Regarding Safety of Staff, Patrons, and Property

On September 29, the Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to Chief Paul Pederson sharing our membership’s concerns regarding the safety of staff, patrons, and property. The chamber indicated that some member businesses in downtown and other areas of the community have faced instances of theft at their properties, loitering, indecent exposure, among other acts, that have…