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Policy & Advocacy

Influence with purpose and impact.
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The Toronto Region Board of Trade’s policy agenda champions our members’ priorities, bringing them to the fore amongst those with the power to drive change.

Empowered by meaningful, long-time and collaborative relationships with all three orders of government, the Board mobilizes its expertise around new and emerging issues relevant to the business community – using evidence, research and consultations to craft thought provoking, and insightful recommendations.

OUR MANDATE: Policy, advocacy and place-based initiatives catalyzing action to address key business pain points holding back investment, growth and jobs - a focused roadmap for a coordinated and coherent strategy to overcome the current fragmented approach limiting the Region’s competitiveness. 

OUR VISION: To make Toronto one of the most competitive and sought-after business regions in the world. 

OUR MISSION: To be a catalyst for a vibrant, globally competitive Toronto Region business community.

The Board delivers impact through policy initiatives that: 

Catalyze business growth - Creating an ecosystem that reduces regulatory barriers and enables businesses to scale and grow

Advance Competitiveness - Building the infrastructure, connectivity, and capability to grow a regional economy that enables thriving and livable communities 

Improve Productivity - Achieving greater economic output and growth through improving workforce development, technology adoption, and organizational resilience

Our Policy Committees

Members drive our agenda

Forming the backbone for our ambitious policy efforts are the Board’s policy committees. These are comprised of industry leaders and influencer-level business members volunteering their expertise to advance high-impact enablers. 

Our policy committees are shaped around the following priorities:

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Energy & Climate Committee

Helping strengthen the climate economy and maintain a sustainable, reliable and affordable energy system in the Toronto Region.

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Innovation Economy Committee

Helping improve the Region’s reputation for innovation and technology adoption.

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Housing & Land Use Committee

Helping develop abundant, diverse, and affordable housing to enable further growth.

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Talent Ecosystem Committee

Helping facilitate a diverse, competitive, inclusive and resilient talent ecosystem in the Region.

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Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Helping improve the Region’s physical infrastructure and transit-oriented communities to keep pace with tremendous growth.

More about our work

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World Trade Centre Toronto

The World Trade Centre Toronto is the Board’s trade services arm, offering award-winning programs that help businesses scale-up and export to new markets.

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Economic Blueprint Institute

Leveraging the power of research and data, EBI works to enhance regional collaboration and competitiveness.

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Sponsors & Partners

The Board’s sponsors are key enablers in helping us drive growth and competitiveness in the region.