Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce

Local Issues



Intensification: The Chamber has and will continue to support development projects that are: aesthetically pleasing; respectful of the character of the area; likely to add to the vibrancy of the area; increase the availability of residential units; likely to create a net positive economic impact on our City. 

Kingston's Mid-Rise and Tall Building Policies

The City is seeking input on an Issues & Options Report to lay the groundwork for its Mid-Rise and Tall Buildings Policy, which will be aimed at guiding the development of buildings of more than four storeys.  November 21, 2019 Planning Meeting Video. 

Labour force: The Chamber understands that many businesses have trouble accessing the skilled labour they need.  We actively participate in the local workforce development groups within the City, College and University and Chamber representatives provide feedback and knowledge through committee work and consultation. We also communicate with local post-secondary institutions about which skills are needed by employers. Read more

Safe Workplaces Study: Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas formed by the breakdown of uranium in soil, rock and water. It is invisible and detected only by radon measurement devices and can accumulate to high levels in enclosed spaces. Radon is responsible for approximately 13% of lung cancer deaths in Ontario and is the second leading cause of lung cancer. Participating workplaces in a new study can receive free radon testing and will be asked to provide some basic building and workplace information. For more information on radon and how to participate, refer to the study FAQ ( or contact the study coordinator, Ela Rydz (


This is just a sampling of the issues the Chamber is actively working on. We always welcome additional input about issues affecting your business, to guide and focus our efforts on your behalf. If you are interested in participating in any of our advocacy working groups, or would like to provide personal experience and information about an issue, please call, Advocacy & Policy Development Specialist, Bill Stewart at 613.548.4453 x 1002, or email