Chamber Policies

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.

Policies

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.

Issue Policy name Date
Mining revenues Preserving Economic Benefits Under the Extractive Sector Transparency Measures Act October 2015 - Supported by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce  
Government transparency Maintaining Ontario mining tax rates May 2015 - Supported by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce 
Municipal purchasing Business Climate Improvement: Report on Municipal Procurement September 2014 - Presented to Timmins City Council
Labour market information Invest in Labour Market Information to Close the Skills Gap September 2014 - Supported by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Government transparency  Transparency for Crown Corporation Divestment May 2014 - Supported by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce 
Forestry  Finding Balance in the Endangered Species Act May 2014 - Supported by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Mining infrastructure Infrastructure Investment Essential to Mining Sector Growth September 2013 - Supported by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Energy costs

Investing Strategically in Ontario's Electrical System
May 2013 - Supported by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Energy costs

Just and Reasonable Power Rates for Small and Medium-Sized Manufacturers

May 2013 - Supported by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Energy costs

Long-term Competitiveness, Transparency, and Accountability for Ontario’s Energy System

May 2013 - Supported by the Ontario Chamber of Commerce

Municipal development

Business Climate Improvement - Report on Development

February 2013 - Presented to Timmins City Council