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May 26, 2018
(Medicine Hat) This weekend six representatives from the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce attended the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC) Annual General Meeting and Policy Conference in Grande Prairie, taking with them four policy priorities. Higher Standards for Animal Welfare, Managing Impacts of Layered Legislation, Clarity Needed in Employment Standards Averaging Agreements and Treatment of Statutory Holidays and Impacts of Significant Minimum Wage Increase policies were all successfully adopted as policies of the ACC.
The Business Advocacy Committee and the Board of Directors work to engage with members to identify issues and challenges that businesses in our region are facing so that we can effectively advocate for solutions on behalf of our members,’ stated Perry Deering, President of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce. ‘Through our policy research and development, we created three new provincial policy positions and updated our previous policy on minimum wage. All four policies have been high priority items for our members and we wanted to leverage the influence our provincial Chamber network in advocating for these very critical issues’.
The Medicine Hat & District Chamber also co-sponsored nine other policy submissions, providing additional support on policies from Chambers across the province. These included Small Scale Renewable Energy, Water for Sustainability and A Systems Approach for Provincial Transportation Systems from the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce; Red Deer’s policies on Elimination of Border Re-Inspections & Associated Fees on Canadian Meat Exports, Creating Toolkits and Encourage Schools to Create and Adopt MicroSocieties and Adding Consistency to the Tax Act through Indexing; as well as Consolidating the Provincial and Federal Corporate Tax, Preparing for the Legalization of Cannabis and Returning Alberta to Balanced Budgets brought forward by the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce.
There were a total of 25 policy resolutions brought forward with all policies adopted. Now that these policies have been adopted by the ACC, they will use these recommendations to influence policy makers on a provincial and federal level in order to create a more competitive business climate.
All the proposed policies can be viewed online at and the complete policy book will also be made available on the Alberta Chambers of Commerce website at
Please direct all media inquiries to:
Perry Deering, President
c/o Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce
(403) 527-5214 ext.221
Lisa Kowalchuk, Executive Director
Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce
(403) 527-5214 ext.222
The Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, volunteer-led organization, proudly representing the interests of businesses in our region, and working diligently to stimulate a strengthened and vibrant economy through our connections, support and influence. For more than 115 years, the Chamber has stood for promoting business, monitoring government and championing managed growth in the local economy. The Chamber represents over 750 businesses in our region and is aligned with both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), which represents over 25,000 businesses and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce (CCC), which represents over 200,000 businesses. With the largest and most influential business organizations locally, provincially and federally, the Chamber network is the most unified, valued and influential business network in Canada and works together to shape policy and programs that will make a difference to businesses in our region.