• Why Local Matters

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    When I speak with any of the Chambers or Boards of Trade teams and board members from across Atlantic Canada, one common attribute rises to the top: they are ardent supporters of business and their communities.

    Why? Because the Chambers, Boards of Trade and all of the people who participate in running, supporting, or joining them are local and share in a collective passion for building and maintaining their community and quality of life.

    Here’s why local matters.
    Your local Chamber or Board of Trade is a community of friends, colleagues and peers who understand the unique needs of your community and who can be counted upon to drive programs and campaigns that lift your community up.

    Community Engagement.
    Your local Chamber or Board of Trade is involved directly in their community. The team and its members live and work locally. They are community builders who are concerned and working to improve issues related to economics, workforce development, education, travel and tourism and more.

    Your local Chamber or Board of Trade has its ‘feet on the street.’ They are connected—to you, to other businesses and to local leaders—so when local issues or opportunities arise, they can take prompt, direct action.
    And while there other professional and business associations available—some niche, some national—if you’re interested in making a difference and influencing your local community, your local businesses or your local prosperity, the choice is clearjoin your Chamber or Board of Trade today.

    With more than 16,000 businesses and 93 Chambers and Boards of Trades in communities across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland, we are the largest accredited business association of influence in Atlantic Canada.

    Local matters.
    Connect with me or any of one of our 93 Chamber and Board of Trade teams to join today.
  • Business Truth & Reconciliation Business Truth & Reconciliation

    The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce is taking proactive steps to promote reconciliation and respect for Indigenous rights within the corporate sector. In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action 92, the Chamber urges its members to embrace the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a guiding framework. This entails a commitment to meaningful consultation, fostering respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before embarking on economic projects. Moreover, the Chamber advocates for equitable access to employment, training, and educational opportunities for Indigenous communities, ensuring they reap sustainable benefits from economic development initiatives.


    Recognizing the importance of education, the Chamber encourages businesses to provide comprehensive training for management and staff on the history of Indigenous peoples, including the legacy of residential schools, Indigenous rights, and Aboriginal-Crown relations. Emphasizing intercultural competency, conflict resolution, and anti-racism, these efforts aim to foster a more inclusive and harmonious corporate environment rooted in mutual understanding and respect.

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