Policy & Advocacy

As a catalyst for the business community representing more than 13,500 Members, the Board is raising its voice on the issues affecting the Toronto region’s competitiveness through evidenced-based policy and targeted advocacy.

We work with our Members to develop research, establish policy positions and serve as a resource of expertise and thought leadership for business leaders, policy makers and city builders who are working to make the region a global champion.

Where we focus our policy & advocacy efforts

Making Toronto one of the most competitive business regions in the world requires sensible government policies. We are committed to ensuring all levels of government clearly hear and respond to the voice of the business community.


Trade

Trade is strategically significant to our economy. Businesses that sell internally are 30% more productive and 25% more innovative. More exporting means more jobs: every $100 million in new export activity creates 1,000 jobs at home. 

Transportation

Global cities have world class transportation systems. We need our people, goods and services moving swiftly across our region. 

Talent

Attracting and retaining top talent is crucial for the success of our region’s business community. Our economy cannot flourish without acquiring the right talent at the right time.

Energy

Energy is a business climate influencer and its affordability, reliability and sustainability is a growing concern for the region.

Technology

Technology is a business climate influencer that stands to impact each of the Board’s strategic pillars—trade, transportation and talent. The Board is focused on the outcomes technology delivers to achieve civic aims and how being a smart city can position the Toronto region as a global champion.

Advocacy

Making Toronto one of the most competitive business regions in the world requires sensible government policies. We are committed to ensuring all levels of government clearly hear and respond to the voice of the business community.




Policy Committees & Working Group

As a member-driven organization, the Board relies on committee volunteers  business leaders and stakeholders who share their expertise, insight and influence on decisions and actions to help make the Toronto region one of the most competitive and sought after business regions in the world.

Board committees and working groups are focused on advancing a business-led advocacy agenda that delivers results on Trade, Transportation and Talent.

The Policy & Advocacy Committee provides strategic oversight of the Board’s policy committees and official policy statements. 

Committee Focus: guiding the strategic advocacy direction of the Board to ensure the development and implementation of policy positions and advocacy actions to advance the competitiveness and economic prosperity of the Toronto region.

The Economic Development Committee advocates for programs and policies encouraging regional economic growth, enhancing commercial development, supporting global trade and attracting investment. 

Committee Focus: cultivating business-led industry cluster strategies that foster business and investment opportunities and enhance the profile of the Toronto region as a global champion. 

The Energy Committee develops policy positions and advocacy plans around security of supply, reliability of energy infrastructure, emerging technologies, conservation and demand management (CDM), climate change and pricing. 

Committee Focus: advocating for an efficient, affordable, reliable energy system that incorporates a mix of sources and technologies to ensure business competitiveness while meeting environmental challenges.

The Infrastructure Committee develops policy positions and undertakes advocacy initiatives to advance infrastructure priorities that are essential to the Toronto region’s growth, competitiveness and quality of life. 

Committee Focus: advocating for regional transit plans and enhancement of transportation networks.

The Municipal Performance Committee develops policy positions, raises public awareness and advocates for strong municipal leadership that collaborates with neighbouring municipalities and senior orders of government. 

Committee Focus: directing the Board’s City Budget consultations and submissions, as well as major municipal campaigns around municipal elections, prudent fiscal policies, improved transportation infrastructure plans, greater social cohesion and economic inclusion.

Formed in 2016, the Smart Cities Working Group is a collaboration between the Board, member stakeholders and City of Toronto Staff.

Working Group Focus: fostering a collaborative approach to smart developments, ensuring Toronto can respond to the digital era’s opportunities and demands, supporting the city in shaping and implementing the smarter Toronto vision.

  • Talent Cabinet

In 2017, the Board has convened a cabinet of talent ambassadors in the construction industry.

Cabinet Focus: Working with business, labour and government to implement the recommendations of Building Infrastructure, Building Talent.