The Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce (APCC), formerly the Maritime Board of Trade, was formed in 1896. It has been championing the cause of business in Atlantic Canada for in excess of a century, and continues to promote and support business and economic development in Atlantic Canada.
It was in 1974, when the Newfoundland & Labrador Chamber of Commerce (NLCC) joined the Maritime Board, that today's Atlantic Provinces Chambers of Commerce came into being. In 1985, provincial chambers in New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island were formed to support the chamber's work in policy and government regulations.
Today, the four provincial chambers and the regional APCC operate under a common set of by-laws and serve as a federation of over 100 local chambers of commerce and boards of trade throughout Atlantic Canada, representing more than 16,000 businesses and professional people.