Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce

Provincial Issues


Through our active involvement with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) and its advocacy and policy work, we are influencing the OCC’s policy agenda and making sure that they are lobbying for issues that are important for Kingston businesses.

The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce is a unified voice for our member businesses of all sizes and interests across Kingston. We are members of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce (OCC) for a variety of valuable reasons. Attending the provincial Annual General Meeting and working with our peers is of great benefit regarding learning best practices, understanding positions and reporting that progress back to our local Chamber members. The Greater Kingston Chamber of Commerce is well-respected by the OCC  for its policy work, and the majority of policy papers that come out of Kingston are adopted and then advocated for at Queen's Park. The contacts made, and relationships built at events such as the OCC AGM provide a template and body of support to continue our effective advocacy and business leadership in Kingston and the surrounding region.

Improving Broadband and Cellphone Connectivity in Eastern Ontario

Ontario's Government is taking a step towards improving mobile broadband and curing cellular dead zones in Eastern Ontario, as the province announced $71 million in funding. You can read the local Kingston Chamber media release here. 

Supporting Ontario's Budding Cannabis industry

The end of cannabis prohibition in Canada, as well as the introduction of private retail in Ontario, marks a new era, one that demands careful consideration and thoughtful policy solutions. With Canada being the first G7 country to federally legalize and regulate recreational cannabis use, there will be implications of legalization, both domestically and internationally.You can read the Ontario Chamber's report here. 

Unleashing the Economic Potential of Ontario's Beverage Alcohol Sector

We joined the Ontario Chamber of Commerce in releasing a new report, Refreshing the Sale of Beverage Alcohol in Ontario. This report outlines how the Province could modernize the sale and distribution of beverage alcohol and responsibly promote growth across all four categories - wine, beer, spirits and cider.

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