Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Chamber of Commerce?

 

A Chamber of Commerce is an organization whose goal is to further the interests of the businesses they serve, and to advocate at all levels of government for the interests of their members.

Why does Canada need a Women’s Chamber of Commerce?

Canada is one of the only countries in the world not to have a Chamber of Commerce specifically representing the economic priorities of women in business– until now, that is.

The Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce closes the gap left by existing provincial and national Chambers of Commerce in education, services, and advocacy for women-owned businesses.

We intend to assist women-owned businesses in taking advantage of the opportunities being created by calls for diversity in supply chain, and consumer desire to financially support women-owned businesses.

What is the Chamber's mission?

Our mission is to shape the future of women’s entrepreneurship in Canada.

What is the Chamber's vision?

Our vision is an equitable opportunity for every Canadian woman entrepreneur in a diverse, inclusive, and thriving national and international economy.

What type of organization is the Chamber?

We are a federally incorporated not-for-profit organization. We are governed by the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act (S.C. 2009, c. 23).

Who can join the Chamber?

We have two membership levels for Canadian women. To see if there is a member level that fits your needs, please visit our Become a Member page.

In order to be eligible for our Individual membership, you must be live in Canada and identify as female/as a woman in a way that is significant to you.

In order to be eligible for our business membership, you must represent a Canadian resident business entity (ie. a Sole proprietor, Corporation, or Partnership), the business must be majority owned (51%) by Canadian women, and you must identify as female/as a woman in a way that is significant to you.

What is your definition of “woman”?

We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female”, and we welcome trans women, intersex women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified.

The Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce (CanWCC) is committed to inclusive and anti-discrimination practices in relation to all transgender women, intersex women, and genderqueer women, and non-binary participants. We aim to ensure that all members’, volunteers’, Directors’, Officers’, and employees’ rights are respected and protected.

CanWCC confirms that identifying as transgender, intersex, genderqueer, and/or non-binary is not in any way related to an individual’s eligibility for participating as a volunteer or employee.

Do you have offices in all provinces?

We are focusing our efforts for our inaugural year on Ontario, with plans to roll out chapters major cities in each province over the next three years.

To ensure our out-of-province members receive similar supports, we have ensured the Women’s Business Centre is primarily digital, accessible 24-hours per day through our member area. Additionally, we will endeavour to provide digital access to courses, seminars, and workshops.

What methods of payment do you take?

We take American Express, Discover, Mastercard, and Visa. All cards are processed securely through Authorize.net.

What is your refund policy?

Membership Refund Policy

Given the digital and experiential nature of membership with the Canadian Women’s Chamber of Commerce, we do not offer a refund or credit on membership fees.

Event Ticket Refund Policy

You can receive a full refund of the ticket purchase price, including taxes and applicable fees, up to seven (7) days before the event. After that time, we are unable to provide a refund on your ticket.

Course/Workshop/Seminar Refund Policy

You can receive a full refund for the price of the course, workshop, or seminar, including taxes and applicable fees, up to seven (7) days before the date of the session. After that time, we are unable to provide a refund for the course, workshop, or seminar.

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