Policy and Advocacy

Since its inception in 1845, the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce has served as an anchor institution and the definitive voice of the local business community. Throughout its history, the Chamber has played an important role in bringing together business and community leaders to advocate at all levels of government for policies that further enhance the social and economic prosperity of our city.

Our predecessors helped build this city, advocating early for its electrification and “sewerfication”, supporting the development of a vibrant trade and goods movement sector, and leading the efforts to bring McMaster University to Hamilton.

What We Do

The Chamber’s Advocacy efforts are reflective of the priorities of our membership and wider business community, further developed through professional expertise of volunteers on our Policy and Advocacy Council and finally, implemented by Chamber staff through their day to day engagement with Governments and the wider Chamber of Commerce network in Canada.

How Policy Staff Can Serve You:

  • Government Funding Opportunities and Support
  • Regulatory and Policy Updates
  • Strategic Advice for Government Relations

How can members be involved?

Our policy efforts are only made possible through the support and involvement of our membership. Members are actively engaged on our policy issues and in addition to having a direct line to our staff, can also participate in surveys and special roundtables with government stakeholders. Our Advocacy activities are regularly updated on our blog and crosslinked within our weekly Chamber Update newsletter and social media and regularly covered by local, national and international media outlets.  

For more information please contact our Policy & Advocacy Advisor, Paul Szachlewicz.