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Policy & Advocacy

Influence with purpose and impact.
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Strategic areas of focus 

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.

The Board's policy initiatives are shaped by two strategic areas of focus: 

  • Business Growth: The conditions and trade connections needed to fuel economic prosperity.
  • Regional Competitiveness: The alignment and collaboration amongst private and public entities needed to improve the Region's global standing as a destination for investment.

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, each fitting in to one of the two strategic areas of focus:

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Business Growth, Competitiveness & Recovery Policy Committee

Helping foster regional economic growth, supporting trade and attracting investment to the Region.

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Energy Transition Policy 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 Policy Committee

Helping improve the Region’s reputation for innovation and industrial advancement.

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Housing Affordability Policy Committee

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

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Talent Ecosystem Policy Committee

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

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Infrastructure, Land Use and Transportation Policy 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.