The Voice of Business Since 1909

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce is the VOICE of Business for the Fort Frances area. We are excited about what the Chamber has accomplished in the past and will continue to grow and serve the community in the future. We continue to seize opportunities for the area and stay ahead of the curve in promoting economic vitality and quality of life through business and community development.

We are focused on a prosperous future, while remembering and maintaining the best from the past.

Fort Frances Business District - Front Street - Early 1900's


Membership Has Its Benefits

As the only organization who focuses primarily on the needs of the business community, we strive to provide unique opportunities to promote and develop your business. Check out some of these great benefits that we offer exclusively to Chamber members.

  • Group Insurance Program
  • ESSO Direct Driver Discount Program
  • Payworks Affinity Program
  • Advertising Opportunities
  • Government Lobbying
  • Networking & Social Events
  • Annual Events & Activities
  • Informative Weekly E-Announcements
  • Business Referrals
  • Relocation & Tourist Packages
  • Scholarships
Group Insurance Program

Unison Benefit Corp offers Chamber Members the option of becoming a part of a Group Insurance Plan.

Benefits of Commerce Group Benefit Services include:
-Group Life Insurance
-Group Dependent Life Insurance
-Accidental Death and Dismemberment

For more information or a free, no-obligation quote, contact:

Unison Benefit Corp.
Thunder Bay, ON P7B 3C2
Toll Free: 1-888-247-1370
Tel: 807-346-1632
Fax: 807-346-1602

Payworks Affinity Program

Canadian-owned Payworks provides comprehensive, innovative, and integrated online Payroll, HR, and Employee Time Management solutions to businesses across Canada.  Our integrated online solutions increase payroll accuracy and reduce costly errors. They are easy to use, and like all Payworks solutions, they are backed by unparalleled client support. Our goal is to help you run your payroll as quickly and easily as possible, while maintaining the highest levels of accuracy, reliability, and service.


· Choice of direct deposit or cheques

· Automatic government remittances

· No software to install or maintain

· Year-end tax filing/T4’s

· Electronic Records of Employment

· Standard report library plus ad hoc reporting

· Import/export capabilities

· Online pay statements with Employee Self Service

· Unlimited Payroll Previews

· Dedicated account managers

· Automated tax table updates

Contact Peter Taylor: 

Desk Phone: 204.779.0537 ext 309 

Toll Free Phone: 1.866.788.3500 ext 309 


Find us online at 

Follow us at and @PayworksInc


Discounted Fuel Program

The ESSO Direct Driver Billing Program allows you to save money with every fuel purchase at any ESSO-branded service station in Canada. With the rising cost of fuel, this program will surely help your company's bottom line.

  • 3.5 cents per litre fuel discount off the retail posted pump price, purchased in Canada, at ESSO-branded service stations
  • Detailed monthly invoice ‚Ä¢    Cards restricted to fuel, oil, top-up fluids, and car wash
  • Personalized identification may be printed on each card and invoice.

To apply, simply contact the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce office for a Business Card application form.

ESSO Business Card program
Application Form- Here


Advertising Opportunities  

93-1 The Border

  • 93-1 The Border will provide each new member of the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce, a $600 advertising value for only $199.  Contact the Sales Team at 807-274-5341.

Weekly E-Announcement

  • Advertise your upcoming event, sale, or launch for free.
  • Online & Printed Chamber Directory


 Referal Program

 Existing Members who refer a business, club, or organization will receive a $25 Chamber Gift Certificate pending payment in full of the new Chamber Member!



With offices in both the US and Canada, Pragmatic is one of North America‚Äôs largest conferencing providers. Over the last 7 years, Pragmatic has established relationships with major banks, a long list of Fortune 500 companies as well as many divisions within the US Government. Pragmatic also works closely with the non-profit sector, having built relationships with The United Way, The Ontario Chamber of Commerce, ALS Association, Basketball USA and Volleyball USA, among many others. Pragmatic has quickly become one of North America‚Äôs most trusted conferencing providers!  
The pricing for Chamber members is $0.055/min for all calls within  North America. No set up fees, contracts or additional fees.  
Although price may often be the driver for a switch, there are other very important factors that should be considered including billing, support, redundancy and functionality. Here are some of the unique features that make Pragmatic the preferred conferencing partner of the Chamber of Commerce: 

  • 3-tiered bridge redundancy
  • 24/7 Customer Support (live answer times of 20 seconds or less)
  • Dedicated Account Executive
  • Customer care self-serve web portal
  • Audio console (monitor live on-demand conference calls)
  • Customizable billing
  • Per second billing
  • Integrated audio/web conferencing
  • Automated billing numbers
  • Free recordings (see attached PDF)
  • Emailed invoices
  • No contracts, commitments or monthly minimums!

 Please find below a set of conferencing codes which include dial-in instructions for both the host and your guests. If you have any calls upcoming, please use our service to compare the quality of our lines.

 Moderator Dial-In:

1)      Dial 1 855-392-2520

2)      Enter Moderator Code - 7984961

 Participant Dial-In:

1)      Dial 1 855-392-2520

2)      Enter Access Code ‚Äì 9580895

 Web Conferencing Option:


The Adobe Connect platform is a truly the “Cadillac” of the web conferencing industry. In addition to simply sharing desktops and documents with your audiences, you have the ability to incorporate multimedia content, including live video streams, integrated audio and video conferencing, interactive simulations, and polling. The meeting room design in Adobe Connect is completely customizable, so you can decide exactly how content is laid out and manipulated during your meeting. Operating on Adobe Flash software – already installed on over 98% of Internet-connected desktops – Adobe Connect enables quick and easy access to live sessions without requiring software downloads for your participants.

v  Intro video (short):

v  All module videos:

Service highlights:

  • No downloads for attendees (runs on Flash)
  • Fully compatible on PC, Mac, Linux, iPhone/iPad, Android, and Blackberry Playbook
  • Free and unlimited web recordings and content archiving
  • Built-in recording editor
  • Multi-point webcam video conferencing (unlimited webcams)
  • Private site branding and custom URL
  • Fully customizable meeting room interface
  • Integrated Learning Management System (optional)
  • Event registration management (optional)
  • Hosted or on-premise deployment options
  • Comprehensive security and compliance controls

Basic features:

  • Document publishing and annotation
  • Desktop sharing and remote control
  • Video upload/streaming (with sound)
  • VOIP/telephony integration
  • Chat/Q&A
  • File transfer
  • Polling
  • Whiteboard
  • Break-out rooms
  • Extensive tracking and reporting
  • Microsoft Office/Lotus integration

 I look forward to speaking with you again about the program.

 Kindest Regards,

 Sara McTaggart

Senior Sales Leader

tf: 1.877.367.1625

f: 1.866.223.0246


 First Data

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce and First Data, a leader in the electronic payment processing industry, have partnered to bring you exclusive benefits to help grow your business. Together we are ready to help you with preferred pricing and products tailored to suit your needs.  

Full Suite of Products

• Ecommerce

• Wired & Wireless Terminals

• First Data Mobile PayTM

• Gift Cards Solutions

• TeleCheck® Electronic Cheque Acceptance

Preferred Chamber Pricing:

Discount Rate/Transaction Fees*

Monthly Account Fee

Visa® 1.55%

MasterCard® 1.60%

Discover® 1.60%

Card Brand 0.12%

NQA 0.25%

Interac Debit® $0.05/Transaction

Ask us about Amex®

*additional processing fees may apply

 Contact us at 1-888-265-4117 or via email at

 Alexa Translations

Transalation, interpretation, cultural consulting, multi-cultural web development & multi-cultural design.

Over 1,200 professionals with more than 100 languages and dialects.

Chamber members are eligible for a 10% discount.

Visit us at

For a quote contact Janice and reference OCC10 1-877-452-5224 x353





Payworks Affinity Program





Government Lobbying

As the voice of business for the Fort Frances area, the Chamber of Commerce is always addressing issues that could impact the local business community.

Whether it concerns Town By-Law changes, Town budgeting or border crossing issues, we want to make sure your concerns are heard and a favourable outcome targeted.

In addition to our own lobbying efforts, we lobby on your behalf at the regional, provincial and federal levels through our affiliations with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Northwestern Ontario Associated Chambers of Commerce.

As we may not always be aware of certain issues affecting your business, we encourage you to contact the Chamber with any municipal, regional, provincial or federal concerns.  We welcome your telephone and e-mail messages or in-person

Networking & Social Events

Almost anything that you do with the Chamber of Commerce has the potential to generate sales opportunities for your business. Every meeting, event and program gives you an opportunity to get your message in front of the client.

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce provides you with many networking opportunities each year.

  • Business After Hours
  • Business Awards
  • Committee Meetings
  • General Membership Meetings
  • Business Expo
  • Luncheon Meetings
  • Social Events
  • Cross Border Brainstorming Sessions

Annual Events & Activities

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce organizes many great annual events and activities including:

  • Business Expo
  • Quest for the Best
  • Business Awards Banquet
  • Great Canadian Chili Cook Off
  • Project Petunia Flower Beautification
  • Tourism Marketing Campaigns 

    Informative E-Announcements

 The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce sends out an E-Announcemnet weekly with advertising opportunities, and lists of upcoming events and items of interest within the organization.

 Business Referrals

The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce receives thousands of inquiries on area businesses by phone, mail, and e-mail each year to which Chamber members are referred first.

 Relocation & Tourist Packages

The Chamber office sends out thousands of relocation and tourist information packages each year of which Chamber member information is included.


The Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce awards a scholarship of $500 each and every year to a deserving student with preference given to students of current Chamber members entering a business related field ending with a degree or diploma.