The Canadian Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 200,000 businesses across Canada, issued the following statement at the conclusion of today’s First Ministers Meeting in Montreal:
“The Chamber is pleased to learn that the Government may be open to amendments to Bill C-69 to address concerns raised by industry, as the Chamber has been calling for on behalf of its members. We have proposed a number of amendments to address serious problems with the current draft and we look forward to working together with the Government to bring much-needed clarity to the bill.
However, we are disappointed that Canada’s First Ministers missed the opportunity to take real action in the national interest to resolve the pressing economic issues undermining Canadian jobs and economic security. While the meeting resulted in productive talks, it did not result in real action, particularly in dealing with an oil and gas sector in crisis, nor was it ambitious in scope for the reduction of barriers in intra provincial trade.
Today, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce announced its partnership with CyberNB to educate businesses on the importance of protecting their intellectual property and customers’ data through the Cyber Essentials Canada program. Canada is losing $3.13 billion per year to cybercrime, and with predictions of cybercrime increasing to $6 trillion by 2021, having a solution to this rapidly escalating issue is a necessity.