• Chamber of Commerce Platform

  • In alignment with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, we have put together our top issues for the 2019 Federal Election. 

  • A regulatory system that works for everyone, including business A regulatory system that works for everyone, including business

  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce:

    1. Giving regulators economic growth and competitiveness mandates.
    2. Convening business, Indigenous peoples and other levels of government to develop a clear, consistent framework for the duty to consult and accommodate.

     

    Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce:

    1. Lethbridge businesses are struggling with the regulatory environment that currently exists. 
    2. The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce supports a business-friendly regulatory regime and champions any changes to the current policy framework that would facilitate this.
  • Access to markets and elimination of trade barriers Access to markets and elimination of trade barriers

  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce:

    1. Tackling foreign industrial subsidies so Canadian companies can compete on a level playing field at home and abroad.
    2. Enhancing labour mobility and increasing the scope of mutual recognition of professional qualifications at home and abroad.
    3. Working with the provincial and territorial governments on the mutual recognition of regulations, rules and policies to allow for the free movement of labour, goods and services in Canada.
    4. Tackling non-tariff barriers, particularly in the agriculture sector.

     

    Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce:

    1. Canada needs strong cities to accomplish federal policy and other national objectives.
    2. The agricultural industry drives Lethbridge’s local economy. With this in mind, the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce would like to see the government’s plans for expanding and work through the current paralysis in the market.
  • Small business success at home and abroad Small business success at home and abroad

  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce:

    1. Ensuring federal programs and interactions with business align with and respect small business realities
    2. Conducting an independent service delivery audit of the Canada Revenue Agency, targeted at identifying and eliminating the compliance, audit and communication problems small businesses face in dealing with the agency.
    3. Providing sector-by-sector analyses of free trade agreements (rather than agreement-by-agreement) and communicating them widely 

     

    Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce

    1. Lethbridge is a community known for balanced growth, contributing $5.8 billion in GDP with a population of 100,000 in a trading area of over 341,000. 
    2. The federal government can continue to support Lethbridge’s growth by investing in needed infrastructure. 

     

  • Innovation and infrastructure Innovation and infrastructure

  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce:

    1. Embracing a more nimble, flexible and evidence-based approach to regulating new technologies in the digital age.
    2. Recognizing the need to promote and strengthen Canada’s ability to capitalize on intangibles, like intellectual property.
    3. Working with businesses to create an environment that is attractive to investors and innovators both from abroad and at home
    4. Enhancing the digitalization of government, including more user-focused services that reduce administrative burdens on business.
    5. Allocating a greater share of funding in federal infrastructure plans towards trade enabling infrastructure projects throughout Canada

     

    Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce:

    1. The development of an innovation hub, with multi-faceted use and connection points for people to engage and involve has tremendous potential to shift this trend - the exodus of young and skilled labour - and create the right environment for both young talent and highly-educated people to stay and love this city. 
    2. Over the years, Lethbridge has created strong and solid foundations to support healthy economic growth. Those foundations entice businesses to call Lethbridge home, encouraging existing businesses to grow and expand their operations, and attracting and retaining skilled labour.
  • A talented and educated workforce A talented and educated workforce

  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce:

    1. Working with business and other levels of government to ensure primary and secondary education includes the skills necessary for our evolving economy, including the soft and hard skills required to thrive in a world of increased automation and globalization 
    2. Ensuring the Indigenous workforce has the skills required to meet local labour shortages
    3. Working with business to ensure government re-training programs meet the demand for skills required for the economies of today and tomorrow.

     

    Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce:

    1. Lethbridge is in an unique situation for a city its size with two post-secondary institutions, providing the City each year with a pool of skilled talent that will help grow the economy.
    2. One of Lethbridge’s obstacles to growth revolves around retaining graduates from the University of Lethbridge and Lethbridge College. Creating opportunities where businesses can access these students with less red tape needs to be a priority. 

     

  • Supporting Lethbridge Residents Supporting Lethbridge Residents

  • Mental Health & Addictions:

    1. Mental Health and addictions affect all Lethbridge residents – our citizens and communities must be safe and supported.
    2. While the number of fentanyl and carfentanil-related deaths appear to be decreasing in areas like Calgary and Edmonton, that is not the case in the South Health Zone, which includes Lethbridge.
    3. In Lethbridge, opioid related deaths are generally concentrated in the downtown area of the city, with some sections on both the north and south sides. 
    4. All orders of government must continue to work together – along with community members and local agencies – to address complex issues facing Lethbridge residents. One means of collaboration is a multi-jurisdictional table that would bring all levels of government together to share information and work towards solutions. 

     

    Made-in-Alberta Mortgage Rules:

    1. Current national mortgage-eligibility rules, including “stress tests”, continue to hurt home-buyers in Lethbridge, particularly first time home buyers. 
    2. Rather than a one-size fits all approach for the entire country, the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce believes that these rules should be tailored to regional markets.