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Oakville Chamber joins call for federal interference in ending strike action at Canada’s West Coast ports

The Oakville Chamber of Commerce has joined 129 other local Chambers of Commerce, Boards of Trade, and associations in signing a letter to the Prime Minister, urging federal interference in ending the strike action at Canada’s West Coast ports.

Read the Letter:

Dear Prime Minister,

On behalf of the Canadian business community, we are writing to express our deep concern regarding the labour dispute at Canada’s West Coast ports.

As associations, local chambers of commerce and boards of trade, whose members employ millions of Canadians, we are calling on the Government to reconvene Parliament and pass back-to-work legislation, immediately.

The shutdown of our ports will fuel inflation, increase costs for businesses and consumers, and damage the Canadian economy. It will severely reduce the ability of our exporting industries to move their products to market, making it much more difficult to secure the global contracts that drive investment and employ Canadians.

Approximately 25 percent of our total traded goods flow through the ports in Western Canada. They are Canada’s largest gateway, handling over $800 million worth of cargo, from agri-foods and potash to critical minerals, forestry, construction materials and household necessities, every single day. As a result of Canada’s heavy reliance on trade, the smooth delivery of goods is in the national public interest making the impact of this dispute far more profound than that of most other more isolated labour disruptions.

To position Canada as a reliable trading partner that is competitive in the global economy, businesses must be able to reliably and efficiently get goods to and from market. Canadians expect our elected officials to ensure that this labour dispute is resolved quickly.


Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce 

Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade 

Alberta Chambers of Commerce 

Assiniboia Chamber of Commerce (Manitoba)

Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers Barriere & Area Chamber of Commerce 

BC Chamber of Commerce 

BC Chamber of Shipping 

BC Council of Forest Industries 

Beaumont Chamber of Commerce 

Brampton Board of Trade

British Columbia Construction Association

British Columbia Trucking Association

Burlington Chamber of Commerce 

Burnaby Board of Trade 

Business Council of Canada 

Calgary Chamber of Commerce 

Campbell River & District Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Association of Importers and Exporters

Canadian Automobile Dealers Association

Canadian Canola Growers Association

Canadian Chamber of Commerce 

Canadian Construction Association 

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

Canadian Food Exporters Association 

Canadian Home Builders’ Association 

Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association 

Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters 

Canadian Meat Council 

Canadian Produce Marketing Association

Canadian Society of Customs Brokers Canadian Sugar Institute 

Canadian Toy Association 

Canadian Trucking Alliance 

Canola Council of Canada 

Cap-Acadie Chamber of Commerce 


Chamber of Commerce Brantford-Brant

Chetwynd Chamber of Commerce 

Clarenville Area Chamber of Commerce 

Cloverdale District Chamber of Commerce 

Cochrane Board of Trade 

Cold Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce

Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce 

Delta Chamber of Commerce 

Edmonton Chamber of Commerce 

Electro-Federation Canada 

Fédération des chambres de commerce du Québec (FCCQ) 

Fertilizer Canada 


Food Producers of Canada 

Food, Health & Consumer Products of Canada

Freight Management Association of Canada

Global Automakers of Canada 

Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce

Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce 

Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce

Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce

Greater Sudbury Chamber of Commerce

Greater Vancouver Board of Trade 

Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce

Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce 

Halifax Chamber of Commerce 

Halton Hills Chamber of Commerce 

Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada 

Independent Contractors and Businesses Association 

Innovative Medicines Canada 

Jasper Park Chamber of Commerce

Kamloops & District Chamber of Commerce

Kelowna Chamber of Commerce 

King Chamber of Commerce 

Leamington District Chamber of Commerce

Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce 

Life Sciences BC 

London Chamber of Commerce 

Madoc & District Chamber of Commerce

Manitoba Chambers of Commerce 

Melfort Trade Alliance Chamber of Commerce

Mining Association of Canada 

Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce

Mississauga Board of Trade 

Moose Jaw & District Chamber of Commerce

New Car Dealers Association of BC 

North Bay & District Chamber of Commerce

Northern Regional Construction Association

Oakville Chamber of Commerce 

Ottawa Board of Trade 

Owen Sound & District Chamber of Commerce

Parkland Chamber of Commerce 

Parry Sound Area Chamber of Commerce 

Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce 

Perth & District Chamber of Commerce 

Port Hope and District Chamber of Commerce

Prince Albert & District Chamber of Commerce

Prince George Chamber of Commerce 

Qualicum Beach Chamber of Commerce 

Railway Association of Canada 

Recreation Vehicle Dealers Association of Canada

Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce

Responsible Distribution Canada 

Restaurants Canada 

Retail Council of Canada 

Richmond Chamber of Commerce 

Ridge Meadows Chamber of Commerce 

Rocky Mountain House & District Chamber Of Commerce 

Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce

Saskatchewan Mining Association 

Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce

Sherwood Park & District Chamber of Commerce

Shipping Federation of Canada 

Smithers District Chamber of Commerce 

South Surrey & White Rock Chamber of Commerce 

Southern Interior Construction Association 

St. Albert and District Chamber Of Commerce

St. Andrews Chamber of Commerce 

Surrey Board of Trade 

Sylvan Lake Chamber of Commerce 

The Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton

Tillsonburg District Chamber of Commerce 

Toronto Region Board of Trade 

Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce 

Vancouver Island Construction Association

Vancouver Regional Construction Association

Vermilion & District Chamber of Commerce

Western Canadian Shippers’ Coalition 

Western Retail Lumber Association 

Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce 

Woodstock Chamber of Commerce 

Yarmouth & Area Chamber of Commerce

Yorkton Chamber of Commerce