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The Canadian Government has developed a comprehensive strategy to help businesses cope and survive with the ongoing fall-out from the COVID-19 pandemic.

As a survey to members of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, we’ll continue to do our best to pass on these resources to you, including today’s update.

Click HERE for a guide to what you can expect (curtesy of BakerTilly).



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Chamber members are being encouraged to complete a survey intended to provide planning information regarding an integrated response to the COVID-19 pandemic and keep various levels of government aware of the grassroots impact on the crisis.

The survey, which can be accessed HERE, takes just a few minutes to complete.

Results of the survey (which will be periodically updated) can be seen HERE—Covid19 Business Impact Report1

Full results will be provided to members and others as the responses are compiled.

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The health and safety of staff, volunteers, members and the community are of the utmost importance, so we have implemented some changes to our operations until the public health risk related to COVID-19 reduces.

Some staff are working remotely from their homes while at least one person will be working from the Chamber office. We are suspending outside visitors to our offices and boardroom and we will continue to assess this position based on the best advice of public health officials and partners.

Our services to our members, availability, and responsiveness remain unchanged.

Please call 519.466.6699 for building access.

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We would like to better understand your business needs as they relate to the ongoing COVID-19 situation. In conjunction with the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, chambers across Ontario are taking concerns from the business community and communicating them to all levels of government. A letter will be drafted and send to government leaders about the key needs of businesses during this challenging time. We have prepared a brief survey to assist in determining some of your concerns.

In addition,  a COVOD-19 Pandemic Preparedness Toolkit for Ontario Businesses is now available outlining guidelines and resources.

Let us know how we can best support you.



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As most of us know by now, the concerns over the pandemic outbreak of the COVID-19 virus are changing by the hour. With the health and safety of our members in mind, the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce has taken the decision to postpone the following events scheduled for March 18th, 2020:

  • Annual General Meeting
  • Business After 5

This decision is consistent with the precautionary measures for COVID-19 as suggested by the province’s Chief Medical Officer of Health. The Chamber will continue to monitor the situation and provide an update as soon as an alternative date is scheduled.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time.

For more information, contact:
Shirley de Silva, President and CEO


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In cooperation with Ontario’s Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce is hosting a free presentation that outlines a “Road Map to Simple Safety Solutions” to be held at the Chamber’s offices on Friday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m as part of our Frontline Essential Skills initiative.

Presented by Lori Shepherd, Regional Community Coordinator for Workplace Safety & Prevention Services, the information provided will include details on:

—Ontario’s health and safety system;
—Building a business case for safety;
—Benefits of investing in health and safety;
—Creating a Safety Road Map;
—Duties and responsibilities;
—Training and orientation.

Lori Shepherd has more than 25 years in the field of occupational health and safety. She connects with businesses and communities in southwestern Ontario, to share simple safety solutions.

To register for this FREE seminar click HERE.

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A hearty welcome goes out to one of the newest members of the Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce.

Mary Kay by Liz Wodham offers a wide range of cosmetics and colognes for all skin types, from teenagers to the “over 45” crowd, both men and women.

The products are 100% guaranteed and Liz is offering a 20% discount as part of the Chamber Perks Program to all cardholders.  If you do not have your card, just drop in and pick up your card today.

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The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce is committed to “taking the pulse” of its membership on a regular basis and currently conducting two separate but equally important online surveys—one related to Advocacy efforts; the other designed to identify issues and interest of key importance to its members.

In the case of Advocacy efforts, this represents one of the key responsibilities of the Chamber, particularly as various levels of government—municipally, provincially and federally—enact legislation or regulations that impact our members.

It’s the responsibility of the Chamber—one that our leadership takes very seriously—to engage with policymakers and others ahead of any changes.

The relationship between government and business is one where there is mutual respect when it comes to the impact on the business when it comes to regulation, and the Chamber plays a leading role in making sure the interests of business are considered, ideally before any changes are made.

In fact, in most cases, government representatives reach out to the Chamber before any changes in legislation.

Our online Advocacy survey, which can be accessed HERE, will assist Chamber leadership as it maps out policy initiatives designed to stay on top of issues that matter to members.

In addition,  the Chamber has a keen interest in understanding issues of key importance to its members, excluding advocacy, which is why we’ve prepared a second survey—which can be accessed HERE—as a tool to help plan out future events and initiatives. 

“This is a way for us to better understand what our members need us to do for them,” said Shirley de Silva, the Chamber’s president and CEO. “Taking just a few minutes to answer a few questions and tell us the kind of activities that make the most sense for your business and your specific interests will help keep us on the right track.”




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The Sarnia Lambton Chamber of Commerce, which is committed to advancing the goals and objectives of the business group, is now seeking a salesperson capable of achieving the organization’s mission.

The successful candidate will work to grow the membership base of the Chamber through the identification and retention of new relationships. This position will be responsible for all components of the sales cycle, from prospect to close and retention.

The individual identified will be able to build and maintaining relationships and will be eager to increase the engagement and satisfaction of Chamber members.

A complete description of this position can be found by clicking HERE to access a printable PDF.

Please contact Shirley de Silva at for any additional information.


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