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(OTTAWA) – September 28, 2018 – More than 300 business leaders from every corner of the country came together this past weekend to focus on the challenges they face and come up with ways to address them.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce (CCC) Annual General Meeting (AGM) is the largest gathering of business leaders in Canada, which unifies the voice of all Canadian industry and brings it to bear on issues most important to the drivers of our national economy.

“The Chamber’s AGM is the parliament of Canadian business, and the policy resolutions that they put forth are what’s on the mind of business owners from the small town shop to the corner office. This weekend, they spoke with a focussed conviction: they loudly stated the case for getting more projects done, bringing more jobs and trade prospects to cities and towns across Canada,” said the Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

“You cannot grow your economy without getting your products to market, and our lagging infrastructure is significantly limiting Canada’s ability to grow,” Beatty added. “Canada’s regulatory framework is suffocating our ability to create more middle class jobs that build our roads, ports, and wind farms alike, and 300 chambers across Canada have had enough. They are calling for real change.”

Provincial and regional chambers of commerce, boards of trade, and industry associations representing more than 200,000 Canadian businesses came together during the AGM policy debates in Thunder Bay, Ontario this past weekend. The democratic nature of the AGM debate and resolution voting process ultimately provides the mandate for the CCC’s policy activities in the upcoming year.

63 policy motions were tabled for the debate process, of which 49 were passed, 3 were defeated, 1 was withdrawn, and 10 were referred to the Chamber Board committee for review. All of the resolutions can he found here.

Resolutions of note that received overwhelming support included:

·         The need for greater clarity within the Impact Assessment Act (Bill C-69) (100% approval).

·         Supporting a competitive LNG industry in Canada (100% approval)

·         Ensuring front-of-package labelling regulations for food products do not affect Canadian business competitiveness (100% approval)

·         The Importance to the Economy of Expanded Oil Pipeline Infrastructure (100% approval)

·         Maximizing Value For Taxpayer Dollars on Public Infrastructure Projects And Defending The Rights Of Canadian Companies And Workers (100% approval)

·         Addressing Barriers to Interprovincial Trade (98.6% approval)

·         Protect Canadians with a taxpayer Charter of Rights (96.9% approval)

“The real power of the Canadian Chamber lies in its grassroots, with more than 400 chambers mobilized across the country, that, collectively, reflect the voice and concerns of business owners from every main street in the country,” added Beatty. “It is an incredibly powerful and effective voice, and the AGM policy debate is the lifeblood that supports it.”

Trends discussed during workshops and panel discussions outside of the debate process included the burgeoning cannabis industry, the future of work and the skills gap, Canada’s aging population, the millennial workforce, and diversity and inclusion, among many others.

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. News and information are available at Chamber.ca or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom.

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For more information/interview requests:

Phil Taylor
Senior Director, Strategic Communications and Public Affairs
ptaylor@chamber.ca  (preferred and fastest response time)
613.238.4000 (2231)