Canadians believe government is their saviour during the pandemic, but economic recovery has to be business led. Canadians can’t return to their normal lives until they are gainfully employed. In the short term, the most direct path to economic recovery is the successful management and eradication of COVID-19. The business community can play an important leadership role in developing entrepreneurial solutions to this objective.
Our Trading Future
Renewing the Canada-U.S. Relationship
Amid a global pandemic and economic uncertainty, Canada and the United States each face a time of transition given we are each other’s most important trading partner. This period of transition in turn creates additional uncertainty – and opportunity – for businesses on both sides of the border. In this time, a renewed focus on building trade security and resiliency are of vital interest for Canadians and Americans alike.
Think Growth: Harnessing Canada’s Tax System for Inclusive Recovery and Growth
The extraordinary economic damage of COVID-19 will require new and bold responses to help Canada recover. We are conducting an independent tax review to help identify what needs to happen to grow our economy out of this crisis and generate the revenue needed to pay for pandemic spending. Reconceiving our tax system to rebuild our economy will be critical to Canada’s ability to recover from the impact of COVID-19.
When the pandemic hit, restaurants were among the first and the hardest hit of the sectors. Our Restaurants is aimed at raising awareness of the restaurants and food services industry and the contributions they make to each community and the country as a whole. As cornerstones in our communities, we want to encourage governments at all levels to take measures to allow restaurants to survive.
Fresh Fuel Standard: Sustaining Canada’s Future
The natural world and our environment is one of life’s greatest treasures. The duty to protect it today and for future generations falls on all Canadians, our industries, and governments.
At the same time, Canadians in all regions of the country must financially support themselves, their loved ones, and leave future generations with a strong foundation to achieve their own financial stability. Creating the conditions for diverse economic prosperity equally falls on all Canadians, our industries, and governments.
Leaders in Canada’s manufacturing, transport, agriculture and energy industries are acutely aware of the need to achieve success on both fronts. This is why we launched the Fresh Fuel Standard campaign.
Freeze the Alcohol Tax
Canada has some of the highest alcohol taxes in the world. Yet, in 2017, the federal government introduced a measure that will further increase taxes on Canadians on beer, wine and spirits every single year. What was a bad idea in 2017 looks even worse as Canadians navigate their way through the pandemic. After the year we’ve had, Canadians don’t deserve an automatic annual tax increase on their favorite alcoholic beverage, and businesses and their employees can’t afford to be hobbled.
Roadmap to Recovery
In the middle of a once-in-a-century pandemic, it is difficult for Canadians, their families, businesses and governments to look beyond confronting the immediate effects of COVID-19. However, even as Canadians continue supporting each other today, we must also begin looking over the horizon to the post-COVID-19 world to start planning how our country and economy can emerge stronger. Our Roadmap to Recovery lays out nine policy areas and specific measures our political leaders must start considering to help ensure a sharp and lasting recovery.
Canada’s regulatory system is a mix of complex, overlapping rules from all levels of government that has created a costly and uncertain environment to run a business. It’s time elected officials, regulators and businesses work together to fix it. Business productivity, innovation and, ultimately, Canada’s economic growth depend on it.
Resources of the Future
We wish to start a dialogue about the positive role Canada’s resource sector can play in navigating digitalization, leading climate action, creating new partnerships with Indigenous communities and providing social and economic development across Canada.
We invite you to join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ROTF and learn more about the organizations that are building our shared tomorrow.
Inclusive Growth: A Canada for all Canadians
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to foster business competitiveness and a strong economic environment that benefits all Canadians. To deliver on this mission, we are committed to inclusive growth and enhancing support for members to fill their talent and skills gaps, and in doing so, increase opportunities for underrepresented segments of the Canadian population to participate fully in the economy and ensuring an inclusive recovery.
Our inclusive growth work builds on our efforts in the area of fostering diverse and inclusive workplaces and will support businesses looking to fill their talent and skills gaps, expanding their workforce base. In doing so, we will enhance opportunities for underrepresented segments of the Canadian population to participate in the economy and foster stronger communities across the country, resulting in a more prosperous Canada that benefits all Canadians.