Update From Your Chamber
(May 26, 2020)
Annual General Meeting
We were looking forward to hosting our Annual General Meeting on March 24, and getting together with our member network to celebrate our accomplishments from last year. However, for the health and safety of our members, Board of Directors, Chamber staff, and guests, we made the decision to postpone until it was safe to hold the AGM.

Since then, we have been very busy behind the scenes determining our options. Luckily, technology makes it possible for many events to be held remotely, and so we are investigating options to hold the AGM virtually.

Corporations Canada and the Canada Not-For-Profit Act allow for virtual meetings and extended timelines during the COVID-19 crisis. We will send an update when we have more information, and we hope to "see" you virtually soon!
Board of Directors
In recent months, we had some vacancies on our Board, with Directors stepping away to focus on other areas of importance. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude and appreciation for their time, energy, ideas, and the thoughtfulness and dedication they have given to Chamber activities and initiatives.

Tremendous thanks for your commitment during your tenure!

Karen Remers
Geoff Willis
Kerry Horncastle
Louise Foster

To fill vacancies, we are excited to announce four new Board members; they will officially be on the 2020 slate once the AGM is rescheduled, but in the meantime, please join us in welcoming our new Directors!

Thank you for coming on board – pun intended – to help move the Chamber forward! We are thrilled to have your expertise and energy to guide us through the coming months, and look forward to to exploring new ways we can grow together as an organization!

Along with the new slate of Directors, we will also be introducing updated by-laws at the AGM, for approval by the Membership. Links to existing and proposed by-laws are below, for your review:
Website Advertising
We are excited to announce a new avenue for greater exposure for your business – advertising opportunities on the Chamber website!

To further support our Members during these truly uncertain times, we are offering special reduced rates until the end of the year.
Coming Soon - Virtual Networking Events
From the Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Business Resilience Service
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is collaborating with the Government of Canada to launch a four-week hotline called the Business Resilience Service.

This service will help entrepreneurs and small business owners, including not-for-profit organizations and charities, navigate the various government support programs .

The service’s advisors will also provide organizations with financial planning advice as they plan their recovery.

Call Now!
1 866 - 989 - 1080
CRNB Small Business Relief Fund
Today, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce announced the Canadian Business Resilience Network Small Business Relief Fund, a national initiative to provide small Canadian businesses with $10,000 grants (62 total) to help in their COVID-19 recovery efforts. These grants are made possible by Salesforce. 

Applications for this grant opportunity will open June 1, 2020 and close June 12, 2020. 

To be eligible to apply , businesses must:
  1. Be a for-profit company; and,
  2. Have between 2 and 50 employees; and,
  3. Have been in business for two years as of March 1, 2020; and,
  4. Have an annual revenue between $150,000 CAD and $5,000,000 CAD; and,
  5. Have been negatively affected by the COVID-19 pandemic; and
  6. Meet the other eligibility criteria set out in the program’s terms and conditions.
Upcoming Webinars
From Our Members
DJB Webinar: The Post-COVID Workplace - Are You Prepared?

May 28, 2020
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Christina Atkinson  and  Fran Bonomi  of DJB’s Human Resources Advisory Team will cover the essentials to ensure you are proactive in understanding:

  • Recalling employees to the workplace – what are the provincial and legislative requirements?
  • Accommodation requests – what are the employer obligations?
  • Health and safety – how can employers reduce and mitigate the risks?
  • The “new normal” for workplaces – what do your HR best practices look like for the future?

The presentation will be 1 hour in duration, followed by a 30 minute Q&A period.
Survey - Niagara Economic Rapid Response Team
Economic Rapid Response Team has launched its second survey directed at local businesses on how COVID19 has affected their Niagara Businesses to help with the recovery planning . Please take a few minutes to complete Part II of the survey
We've joined our Members on Instagram! Follow @Grimsby.Chamber

We look forward to connecting with you there!