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  • Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce Policies

  • The Economics of Childcare (2020) The Economics of Childcare (2020)

    Access to childcare will play a critical role as we transition and adapt in the post-COVID-19 economy. As daycare facilities begin to re-open, they face both pre-existing challenges as well as new burdens precipitated by the spread of the pandemic that threaten their collective viability. Leadership by all levels of government is urgently needed to stabilize existing childcare services and build towards a new system that will stimulate and sustain economic recovery.

    The Economics of Childcare (2020)

    Digital Broadband the Key to Economic Prosperity (2020) Digital Broadband the Key to Economic Prosperity (2020)

    “Whether you are self-employed, a small business owner or a large enterprise, you should not have to worry about losing your business, and your employees should not have to worry about loosing their jobs” (CBRN, 2020). Broadband internet has long posed a challenge from some Canadians to effectively participate and compete in the economy. Certainly, COVID-19 has heightened the rural and urban digital divide, highlighting challenges faced by more than 2 million Canadians without reliable internet. It is essential for policymakers, regulators and all interested stakeholders to work together to deliver equitable broadband so that Canadians are well positioned for economic recovery.

    Digital Broadband the Key to Economic Prosperity (2020)

    Reuse of Greywater to Help Address Unsustainable Water Resource Demand (2020) Reuse of Greywater to Help Address Unsustainable Water Resource Demand (2020)

    Of the overall available water resources on earth, approximately 97% is in the oceans with the remaining 3% available for direct use; however, out of this 3% the water available for use by humans is estimated at one one-hundredth. Survival remains one of the key factors of water use along with food production, industry, and domestic needs.

    Global demand for water has or will soon reach or exceed natural capacity of watersheds. Much of the world is affected by acute water shortage and over-exploitation of water resources resulting in the destruction of these resources and high levels of freshwater pollution resulting from anthropogenic factors. Urbanization, industrialization, and population growth have resulted in unsustainable water demand. Canada is not immune to these problems.

    As growth and demand continues where will the water come from to sustain industry, food production, ecological and human activities? The widespread reuse of grey water is a viable option that should be explored to meet some of this demand for water.

    Reuse of Greywater to Help Address Unsustainable Water Resource Demand (2020)

    Telecommunications and the Canadian Economy (2020) Telecommunications and the Canadian Economy (2020)

    Telecommunications are the backbone of Canada. Technological advances have birthed a knowledge economy where ideas and information matter more than physical resources. Participating in the information age has enabled Canada and other members of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) to maintain a strong economy. The continued prioritization of fibre and broadband services are essential to Canada preserving its market position.

    Telecommunications and the Canadian Economy (2020)

    The Need to Invest in Truck Driver Training (2020) The Need to Invest in Truck Driver Training (2020)

    Measuring the Effects of Increased Minimum Wages in Alberta (2020) Measuring the Effects of Increased Minimum Wages in Alberta (2020)

    Investing In Market Access for Southern Alberta Businesses (2020) Investing In Market Access for Southern Alberta Businesses (2020)

    Creating an Effective Workforce for the Changing Economy (2020) Creating an Effective Workforce for the Changing Economy (2020)

    The Application Process and Farmer Involvement in the Wetland Policy (2020) The Application Process and Farmer Involvement in the Wetland Policy (2020)

    The Economics of Addiction (2020) The Economics of Addiction (2020)

    More than one Billion people globally were afflicted by mental health and substance abuse disorders in 2016. The impact of this is substantial; in 2014, the cost of substance use in Canada was $38.4 Billion, while in Alberta, it is estimated that associated costs amount to $1,332 per person, regardless of age.1 While marginalized people, such as those living in poverty, are often over-represented in substance use-statistics, all types of people are impacted – including professionals, nearly all age groups, and people from rural and urban areas.

    The Economics of Addiction (2019) PDF

    Letter of support: Heart of the City Committee
    Letter of support: Downtown Lethbridge BRZ

    Improving Safety in the Downtown through the Ambassadors Program (2018) Improving Safety in the Downtown through the Ambassadors Program (2018)

    • Local Businesses are suffering or may suffer from impacts of a narcotic crisis in Lethbridge. They may be affected by the intimidation from intoxicated individuals nearby, increase in crime and loitering, all of which may result in the devaluation of property value.

      Improving Safety in the Downtown through the Ambassadors Program

    A Systems Approach for Provincial Transportation Systems (2018) A Systems Approach for Provincial Transportation Systems (2018)

    A Systems Approach for Provincial Transportation Systems​ (2018) PDF

    That transportation systems are intrinsically linked to economic development is a self-evident truth. However, there is a growing trend in the transportation planning literature, and in the developed plans of both national and provincial organizations, to consider best-practice for this discipline in terms of multimodal transportation planning. A cost-effective and efficient transportation network in Alberta requires a systematic planning approach collaboratively directed by a provincial body. Specifically, it requires all key public and private sector organizations in the province to work together in coordinating a holistic transportation system where long-term development objectives that provide an equitable, cost-effective, and reliable means of moving people and goods are examined. 

    A Systems Approach for Regional Transportation Systems (2018) A Systems Approach for Regional Transportation Systems (2018)

    A Systems Approach for Regional Transportation Systems (2018) PDF

    That transportation systems are intrinsically linked to economic development is a self-evident truth. However, there is a growing trend in the transportation planning literature, and in the developed plans of both national and provincial organizations, to consider best-practice for this discipline in terms of multimodal transportation planning. A cost-effective and efficient transportation network in Southern Alberta requires a systematic planning approach collaboratively directed by a regional body. Specifically, it requires all key public and private sector organizations in Southern Alberta region to work together in coordinating a holistic transportation system where long-term development objectives that provide an equitable, cost-effective and reliable means of moving people and goods are examined.

    Creating a New Pharmaceutical Industry in Canada (2017) Creating a New Pharmaceutical Industry in Canada (2017)

    Creating a New Pharmaceutical Industry in Canada (2017) Policy PDF

     

    This policy recommends that the Federal Government amend the relevant sections of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to allow for the commercial cultivation, gathering, and production of opium poppies for the development of a domestic pharmaceutical industry in Canada. This policy was previously adopted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, fell off the books following a strict crack-down on opioids by the Federal Government. We brought it forward to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce again in 2017 and it was narrowly defeated. It continues to be a priority for our Chamber. 

     

    • Cosponsored by: The Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce

    Engaging the Voice of Business in Municipal Planning (2017) Engaging the Voice of Business in Municipal Planning (2017)

    Engaging the Voice of Business in Municipal Planning (2017) Policy PDF

    This policy recommends a series of steps that could be taken by the City of Lethbridge to create a more strategic planning process in regards to the selection of community projects. The focus is on developing a planning process that drives economic and social development with the projects that are selected. 

    Investing In Market Access for Southern Alberta Businesses (2017) Investing In Market Access for Southern Alberta Businesses (2017)

    Investing In Market Access for Southern Alberta Businesses (2017) Policy PDF

    This policy recommends that the Provincial Government invest in transportation networks in southwestern Alberta in order to facilitate more efficient access to new markets and to spur economic development in our region as new opportunities and demand opens up for agri-food products in the international market. We have already seen the government respond favorably to our recommendations, investing planning dollars for airport redevelopment and there is a growing sense of movement within the provincial administration on these topics. 

    Maintaining a Fair Balance on the Alberta Labour Relations Board (2017) Maintaining a Fair Balance on the Alberta Labour Relations Board (2017)

    Maintaining a Fair Balance on the Alberta Labour Relations Board (2017) Policy PDF

    This policy recommends that the Provincial Government maintain a rigid level of fairness regarding  sector-representation on the Alberta Labour Relations Board, particularly among the Vice-Chairs. We asked for, and received, assurances from the Provincial Government, and the Chair of the Board, that this balance, and the strictneutrality of the Vice-Chairs, would be respected and maintained.

    Measuring the Effects of Increased Minimum Wages in Alberta (2017) Measuring the Effects of Increased Minimum Wages in Alberta (2017)

    Measuring the Effects of Increased Minimum Wages in Alberta (2017) Policy PDF

    The minimum wage in Alberta is on course to increase by 47% over a 4 year period. Our recommendation to the Provincial government is to slow down this reckless course, measure the effects and impacts of the changing cost of labour, and move forward only after careful evaluation of the impacts and environment. The government has not yet been receptive to our recommendations. 

    Small Scale Renewable Energy (2017) Small Scale Renewable Energy (2017)

    Small Scale Renewable Energy (2017) Policy PDF

    This policy recommends that the Provincial Government create a program, to incentivize the development and operation of small-scale renewable electricity generators (0.1MW - 5MW).

    Solicit Bids from Private Industry for Recycling Contracts (2017) Solicit Bids from Private Industry for Recycling Contracts (2017)

    Solicit Bids from Private Industry for Recycling Contracts (2017) Policy PDF

    This policy was born out of a long-standing policy of our Chamber which recommends that the City of Lethbridge avoid competition with private industry unless a very specific set of conditions are fulfilled that necessitates government involvement. In this instance, these conditions were not fulfilled and an RFP was never issued to gather quotes from private companies. While the Chamber supports curbside recycling, we do not support the way in which this service was added to the public purse without the proper investigation of private industry options.

    Considerations for Bio-Energy and the Future of Alberta's Electricity Production (2016) Considerations for Bio-Energy and the Future of Alberta's Electricity Production (2016)

    Considerations for Bio-Energy and the Future of Alberta's Electricity Production (2016) Policy PDF

    As part of the Climate Leadership Plan, the Government of Alberta has unveiled a proposal to shift the province’s reliance on coal-powered electricity production towards more environmentally sustainable models. This proposal has set 2030 as the target date for this shift. Consumers, namely businesses, have expressed concern with this timeline, specifically with the ability for specific renewable energy sources to direct power over sustained periods onto the electrical grid.

    Alberta Farm Safety Legislation (2016) Alberta Farm Safety Legislation (2016)

    Alberta Farm Safety Legislation (2016) Policy PDF

    The Government of Alberta has passed legislation enacting changes to Employment Standards, Labour Relations, Occupational Health and Safety, as well as Workers Compensation Board (WCB) coverage on farms and ranches. The contents of the Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act (Bill 6) remains vague in its effect on industry and the lack of consultation limited the ability for industry stakeholders to seek clarity on the bill and be engaged in the process of providing input towards the bill and subsequent regulations.

    Dual Credit Opportunities in Alberta (2016) Dual Credit Opportunities in Alberta (2016)

    Dual Credit Opportunities in Alberta (2016) Policy PDF

    There is a need for the continuance of provincial investment in Dual Credit Opportunities for high school and post-secondary students to assist their transition from secondary to postsecondary education. 

    Ensuring the Future of Canadian Oil and Gas (2016) Ensuring the Future of Canadian Oil and Gas (2016)

    Ensuring the Future of Canadian Oil and Gas (2016) Policy PDF

    Canada has an abundance of natural resources that generate direct wealth for Canadians through production and export. Increasingly, these commodities represent a large contribution to Canada’s economic growth; however, Canada still spends $26 billion on oil imports annually. Access to markets for commodities, specifically oil and gas, represents a significant obstacle in Canada’s ability to secure a competitive position in the global economy. Further, failure to develop these projects leads to negative impacts on Canadian businesses and ultimately their families.

    Government Competing with Private Industry (2016) Government Competing with Private Industry (2016)

    Government Competing with Private Industry (2016)

    If private enterprise is fulfilling a market need for goods and/or services, local municipal government should not be competing with private enterprise unless there are good policy reasons to allow or encourage that competition.

    Water for Sustainability: A National Water Strategy (2016) Water for Sustainability: A National Water Strategy (2016)

    Water for Sustainability: A National Water Strategy (2015) Policy PDF

    This Federally-focused policy recommends that the Government of Canada institute a national water strategy with the aim of improving water management issues across the country as it becomes more and more certain that the fresh-water future of the world is in jeopardy. 

    Workers Compensation Board Coverage for Farm and Ranch Workers (2016) Workers Compensation Board Coverage for Farm and Ranch Workers (2016)

    Workers Compensation Board Coverage for Farm and Ranch Workers (2016) Policy PDF

    The Enhanced Protection for Farm and Ranch Workers Act (Bill 6) has implemented changes on how farms and ranches operate, specifically mandating coverage from the Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) for all paid workers. The specified timelines for implementation do not allow these businesses to make the adjustments to their operational structure in accordance with the competitive and volatile nature of this industry. 

  • Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce Broadband Report (2019) Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce Broadband Report (2019)

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  • Alberta Chamber of Commerce Policies

    The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce has had a number of policies adopted by the Alberta Chamber of Commerce. This means that they have become official policy for all of the Chambers in Alberta and are being advocated for to the Provincial Government by our team in Edmonton. In addition, our Chamber supports all of the policy resolutions on the books of the Alberta Chamber of Commerce. 

    Alberta Chamber of Commerce Policy Page

    Adopted Policies

    Agriculture

    Energy​

    Environment

    Health

    Indigenous Relations

    Labour


    Transportation

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  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce Policies

    The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce sponsors and co-sponsors a number of policies through the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

    Canadian Chamber of Commerce Policy Page

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