• Business Advocacy: A Year in Review

    As the Voice of Business, the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to advocating and creating a business-friendly environment. We ensure that the interests of local businesses are at the forefront of government decision making, which can directly impact our local business community.

    This year, we are proud to have made significant strides in public policy. We successfully lobbied the Economics of Addiction policy which was supported unanimously by City Council and lives on the Alberta and Canadian Chamber of Commerce policy books. The Chamber also passed the Creating a New Pharmaceutical Industry in Canada and Workers’ Compensation Board Coverage for Farm and Ranch Workers at the Provincial level and The Impact of the Mortgage Stress Test on Local Economies at the Federal level.

    We have also planted seeds for the future. In response to the Mayors Intelligent Community Initiative, we developed a broadband survey that will be presented to Mayor and Council in January. We travelled to Edmonton with the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and Team Lethbridge to advocate and discuss our memberships concerns. We checked the pulse of our business environment by conducting local business walks and attending community meetings.

    Here’s a complete list of how we’ve spoken for business in the past year:

    Connecting with elected officials:
    At these annual events, members had the chance to meet face-to-face with elected officials and discuss business.

    • Mayors Breakfast

    • Minister and Deputy Minister Dinners and Receptions

    • Hosted Minister Dreeshen, Minister Fir and Minister Towes


    Explorations of issues:
    We gathered stakeholders and leaders to strategize on emerging trends and issues.

    • Workers’ Compensation for Farm and Ranch Workers

    • Airport Development

    • Digital Infrastructure

    • Small Business Concerns

    • Red Tape Reduction


    Collaboration:
    We’ve partnered with the community to deepen our understanding and problem-solve for the future.  

    • Partnered with Economic Development Lethbridge to identify barriers and opportunities for local business in Lethbridge

    • Partnered with Economic Development Lethbridge and Downtown BRZ and launched #ShopTogetherYQL, encouraging residents to shop local


    If you are interested in getting more involved with the Chamber’s public policy, contact Noorin Chatur-Muhammad.