Advocating & Lobbying with Government for the Community…

Nanaimo’s Chamber of Commerce plays a vital role advocating and lobbying with each level of government to gain the greatest benefits possible, to agree on policy proposals most favourable to our communities, and to provide a forum for developing and organizing those ideas.  It is one of the most important roles your Chamber plays – fighting for the success of our business community through government advocacy.

The Chamber also collaborates with community organizations  such as VIU, NPA, YYC, the NHA, Tourism Nanaimo and Community Futures to accomplish its many goals. The Chamber is pleased to have partnered with Futurrpreneur Canada, British Columbia Restaurant & Food Services Association, and Canadian Manufactures & Exporters Association.

The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce has served the business community of Nanaimo and area for the past 128 years. We feel very confident that we have gone beyond a local Chamber’s mandate by becoming involved in projects that give value to our community. These include our Succession Planning project and our Successful Cities project see details below).

The Chamber’s mission statement, “Enhance the quality of life by providing opportunities for businesses to succeed,” reflects our commitment to our businesses and ultimately our community because we cannot have a strong, vibrant community without a strong, vibrant business community.

The Chamber is represented in unprecedented numbers on local committees, boards, review panels, and advisory committees. These include:

  • Nanaimo Economic Development Corporation
  • Plan Nanaimo Advisory Committee
  • Zoning By-law Task Force
  • Tourism Services Task Force
  • Advisory Committee on the Environment
  • Multi Agency Task Force

In addition, the Chamber has participated in a number of advocacy initiatives including:

  • Presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance
  • Municipal Budget and Financial Plan
  • Restructuring of the Downtown Business Advisory Group
  • Signage Bylaw Review and LED Signage
  • Task Force on diversity
  • Sustainability and Climate Change