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Alberta Chambers releases budget recommendations

MEDIA RELEASE—January 28, 2019
For immediate release

Recommendations focus on strengthening fiscal competitiveness

The Alberta Chambers of Commerce released its recommendations for the 2020 provincial budget today. The recommendations—which were sent to Finance Minister Travis Toews—focus on strengthening Alberta's fiscal competitiveness through accountable government.

The Alberta Chambers network's recommendations for Alberta's 2020 budget follow.

1. Continue to freeze operational expenditure growth until the budget is balanced.
2. Negotiate government labour agreements due for renewal with a target of zero staffing increases and zero per cent salary increases. This target should remain in place until the currently depressed labour market has rebounded sufficiently to justify wage growth.
3. Ensure that Alberta’s small business corporate tax rate does not exceed the lowest tax rate in other Canadian provinces or territories.

The recommendations are supported by data recently collected through the Alberta Perspectives market research program, which show business confidence at both the municipal and provincial levels is suffering. More information on these findings is available here.

The Alberta Chambers' full budget submission is available here.

Looking into 2020

2020 is knocking on our door and we are pleased to start the year with 2 great events:

  • On January 21, we are partnering with Community Futures Big Country on an Instagram Workshop
  • On January 29, join us for our first Lunch & Learn of the year with Drumheller-Stettler MLA Nate Horner. Tickets are $20 for Chamber members and $25 for nonmembers, lunch is included. Register here.

Stay tuned for details on more Lunch & Learn sessions and our Annual General Meeting in March! 

Alberta Chambers of Commerce Fall Board Meeting Highlights

On Tuesday, November 26 I had the pleasure of attending the ACC Fall Board meeting and Deputy Ministers’ Dinner in Edmonton. The sessions during the day were very timely and informative, followed by an evening Q & A with the Deputy Ministers.

Initial results from the Alberta Perspectives Survey, which focused on red tape reduction, were shared. Across the province, the top three barriers to business identified at a municipal level included municipal franchise fees, mill rates and permitting fees. The survey also showed that business confidence has decreased 20% since the first survey was conducted in June. Please stay tuned for full survey results to be released.

You're Hired Interview Competition

For the 5th consecutive year, the DDCC partnered with the Grade 11 Career and Life Management (CALM) class at St. Anthony’s School for the You’re Hired Interview Competition. The program gives students the opportunity to apply for fictitious jobs and interview for these jobs with real employers in the community.

Twenty-nine students from Mr. Jay Mulgrew’s CALM class interviewed with seven employers. The employers and their representatives included: