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September 25, 2018
(Medicine Hat) The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce once again represented our business community at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s annual general (AGM) and convention, held September 22nd – 24th  in Thunder Bay, On.
The annual conference presented the opportunity for the local Chamber to hear about trends affecting chambers & member-based associations, challenges within the Canadian regulatory environment, the future of work, and cannabis within the economic development environment, along with the annual policy debate session, where chambers across the network set the policy agenda for the upcoming year.
The local Chamber of Commerce submitted a resolution with recommendations around strengthening Canada’s workforce through tax indexing. The resolution recommends the federal government addresses inconsistencies in which deductions are indexed and how this affects business and discourages workforce participation.
Sarah MacKenzie, President of the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce commented, “the result of the disparity in tax indexing substantially raises the cost of payroll taxes, putting more pressure on businesses, at a time when increasing regulations and costs have been layered by all levels of government,” further commented MacKenzie. “We support businesses contributing to the tax base, but there needs to be clarity, consistency and fairness in the Canadian tax system.”
Other policies debated included issues around energy, natural resources, agriculture and agri-food, innovation, infrastructure, transportation, finance, taxation, regulatory and internal trade, international trade, human resources and skills, SME businesses and social policy.
MacKenzie remarked, “Seeing over 300 Chambers of Commerce gathered together from coast to coast to coast in order to create recommendations for government that will make a difference for our members is a powerful experience”. MacKenzie further added, “having a voice for our community in that forum is something our Chamber is very proud to be able to actively participate in”.
“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 Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “It is an incredibly powerful and effective voice, and the AGM policy debate is the lifeblood that supports it.”
The policy submitted by the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce was amongst 66 other policies considered by the Canadian Chamber delegation. Once policies are passed, they are carried as positions by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and are advocated for on behalf of the local and national Chamber network.
The annual general meeting materials and policies can be viewed online at: http://www.chamber.ca/events/2018-agm/.
View the Canadian Chamber of Commerce media release online: http://www.chamber.ca/media/news-releases/20180924_AGM_2018_media_release/  
For more information on the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce’s policies, please visit the Advocacy page on our website: http://www.medicinehatchamber.com/pages/Advocacy#policy.
Please direct all media inquiries to:
Sarah MacKenzie, President
c/o Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce
(403) 527-5214 ext.221
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 800 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.