Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce Policies
A Pathway to Fixing the Affordable Housing Crisis in Alberta (2021)
Housing in an integral part of economic growth. Indeed, the connections between affordable housing investment and economic growth have been well recognized in literature (Skaburskis, 2004; Mao, 2017; Pinki, 2019). For example, in a recent report, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) identified that roughly 17 percent of the Canadian economy is generated through the construction, purchase, resale and renovation of housing and related spending (CMHC, 2020), and yet investment in affordable housing is often absent from economic plans and job proposals. To ensure long-term community sustainability, local and regional economic development and growth plans must consider the role of affordable housing in the growing economy.
A Systems Approach for Provincial Transportation Systems (2021)
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.
Small Scale Renewable Energy (2021)
Literature has long suggested that Alberta has the natural assets and technical feasibility to support further renewable energy development (see: Banks, 2017). That being said, Alberta’s renewable energy generation is low compared to the other provinces (Government of Canada, 2016, Government of Alberta, 2018, and National Energy Board, 2019). Despite the importance and potential of renewable energy as part of a low carbon future, Alberta generated 11% of its electricity in 2017 from renewable sources (NEB, 2019), which is significantly less than the national rate of 66% renewable generation (CER, 2020). Alberta’s largest source of renewable energy is wind power, generated from turbines often built together at wind farms on rural land, producing roughly 5% of total electricity in the province.
Water for Sustainability: A National Water Strategy (2021)
Canada has been facing significant pressure on its water resources, both surface and ground water. There are ever-increasing demands for the water resource. The limits of available water have been reached in the southern portion of the province, and concerns are rising about the adequacy of water resources to support continued economic development in the central and northern parts of the province.
The Business Cost of Cybercrime (2021)
In an increasingly interconnected and digitized world, data breaches have become ever more common. The wealth of personal information that corporations have in their possession means that such breaches can occur in even the most benign circumstances. Although many corporations have developed sophisticated privacy and cybersecurity protocols to minimize these risks, data breaches have become a prominent feature in the 21st century and particularly in the COVID-19 world.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Need to Invest in Truck Driver Training (2020)
Measuring the Effects of Increased Minimum Wages in Alberta (2020)
Investing In Market Access for Southern Alberta Businesses (2020)
Creating an Effective Workforce for the Changing Economy (2020)
The Application Process and Farmer Involvement in the Wetland Policy (2020)
The Economics of Addiction (2019)
Improving Safety in the Downtown through the Ambassadors Program (2018)
A Systems Approach for Regional Transportation Systems (2018)
Creating a New Pharmaceutical Industry in Canada (2017)
Engaging the Voice of Business in Municipal Planning (2017)
Investing In Market Access for Southern Alberta Businesses (2017)
Maintaining a Fair Balance on the Alberta Labour Relations Board (2017)
Measuring the Effects of Increased Minimum Wages in Alberta (2017)
Solicit Bids from Private Industry for Recycling Contracts (2017)
Considerations for Bio-Energy and the Future of Alberta's Electricity Production (2016)
Alberta Farm Safety Legislation (2016)
Dual Credit Opportunities in Alberta (2016)
Ensuring the Future of Canadian Oil and Gas (2016)
Government Competing with Private Industry (2016)
Workers Compensation Board Coverage for Farm and Ranch Workers (2016)
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.
Small Scale Renewable Energy (2018)
Water for Sustainability (2018)
- Indigenous Labour Force Stragegy: Tapping into an Underutilized Pool of Labour Supply (2017) - CoAuthored with Fort McMurray
- Alberta Farm Safety Legislation (2016)
- Workers Compensation Board Coverage for Farm and Ranch Workers (2016)
- Investing in Market Access for Southern Alberta Business (2017)
- A Systems Approach for Provincial Transportation Systems (2018)
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Policies
The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce sponsors and co-sponsors a number of policies through the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.
- Ensuring the Future of Canadian Oil and Gas (2016)
- Digital Broadband: The Essential Utility (2017)