Policies are about ideas.
Advocacy is about action.
As the voice of business in Timmins, the Chamber of Commerce works with its members on both policy and advocacy to ensure the strongest possible business environment for our members. This means hearing from members on what could be done municipally, provincially and federally to help them do business better, and then working to make those ideas a reality.
As an organization, the Chamber works to research and identify issues of importance or concern for business, often through committees. Through rigorous work and consultation, the Chamber sometimes develops position papers or policies on these issues.
These policies are something that the Chamber works to implement through advocacy, by working with industry, community and government partners to help make a difference on the issue, producing a positive result for business. Through these efforts, the Timmins Chamber has a long history of being a credible and influential voice in the debate. In many cases, the Chamber has been able to successfully work with the Ontario and Canadian Chambers of Commerce, who have adopted many Timmins Chamber policies; through these organizations and their respective networks, the Timmins Chamber has managed to make a difference in many areas, from sales tax to environmental assessments.
Individual businesses sometimes find it difficult to express individual concerns, or to know who they should speak to about a problem affecting their business. The Chamber is in constant communication with its members, and encourages them to speak out on areas of concern.
The Timmins Chamber has prepared the following policy statements in response to member concerns over the past several years. Please note that polices supported by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and Canadian Chamber of Commerce are only valid for a period of three years; as such, only valid, currently supported policies are listed below.