On Monday October 22nd voters in Thunder Bay will cast a ballot to pick a new City Council. There is a full slate of candidates looking to fill the role of Mayor. The At-Large Councillor race is also going to be hotly contested. So what are the issues. What do you need to be aware of when voting day comes. What are the big issues. How has the voting process changed. Check back often to our website as our News Team keeps you up to date.
The Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce is a not-for-profit organization which represents more than 800 community stakeholders including large and small business, other not-for-profit organizations and charities and their 22,000 employees. Our mission is to support a stronger business community through advocacy work, by engaging our Members with one another and the community, and by providing tools for Member empowerment.
Thunder Bay is a great place to live and work but the foundation of our prosperity is shifting. As old opportunities fade it is up to us to prepare ourselves to greet – and create – new ways for our city to grow and thrive.
Through consultation with Members and the broader community, the Thunder Bay Chamber of Commerce has identified several factors limiting our city’s ability to provide opportunity for its citizens. To become a City of Opportunity for everyone, Thunder Bay needs our elected leaders to support a “culture of yes.” They can begin by saying yes to a series of recommendations for action developed in consultation with our Members and supported by current research.
The Chamber spent the summer learning from Chamber Members about the ways they feel our next City Council can serve the community. Here are some of their top concerns:
o Members are more concerned about the way money is being spent. 50% of respondents say that if they could see better value for their tax dollars they’d be happy with the current rate.
o Members are most concerned about the increasing symptoms of neighbourhood decay – increasing poverty, homelessness and crime – which show us that our current way of doing things isn’t working for everyone.
o Although it wasn’t the largest concern overall, in our focus groups we heard consistently that our Members have difficulty hiring skilled labour. Our firms and our city are competing with firms in other cities to attract both talent and youth to Thunder Bay – and we are not winning often enough. This is a strong indicator that Thunder Bay is considered a less-desirable place to live by the new and potential residents we’re hoping to attract.
The City of Opportunity Platform contains 10 recommendations laid out beneath three pillars: Leadership, Economic Opportunity and Quality of Life.
Learn more about the platform by clicking here.