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Understanding minimum wage in Alberta

June 11, 2015

The Government of Alberta has outlined a plan to raise Alberta’s minimum wage from the current rate of $10.20 per hour to $15 per hour by 2018. At the Calgary Chamber we believe alleviating poverty and ensuring that all Albertans are paid a fair wage for a day’s work are important public policy concerns; ones that are nuanced and should be subjected to thorough analysis and frank dialogue. A change in minimum wage can have wide-ranging implications for families, businesses, employment and overall economic growth. These potential implications, and the nuances associated with them, need to be reflected on when considering reforms. Together with the Government of Alberta we look forward clarifying what problem we are trying to solve, and what the best course of action is.

Calgary’s flood recovery story: The business perspective

June 9, 2015

One thing we all knew was that this was a time when the business community needed our organization. I felt it imperative that we play a role in helping the business community recover from this disaster. Our directors and managers met regularly throughout the next week at an offsite location and quickly went to work assisting the business community in its recovery. We had a lot of ideas but we needed a framework for how to undertake each role, and how to divide the labour.

2015 Federal budget: An overview by the Calgary Chamber

April 29, 2015

The Calgary Chamber is pleased to see that several of our priorities were addressed in the 2015 federal budget, including small business tax competitiveness, infrastructure investment, venture capital incentives, and skilled labour. Nonetheless, there are a few areas in which we would have liked to have seen greater commitment, and greater detail. As our nation continues to grapple with economic volatility, now more than ever the federal priority must be to support Canada's long-term competitiveness.
We’ve outlined some highlights, as well as our impressions of how well-positioned the budget is to tackle the Calgary business community’s greatest priorities.

Certainty. Efficiency. Value. Developing a regulatory system that keeps Alberta competitive

April 28, 2015

This paper is the first in this series of policy white papers examining energy issues, both provincially and federally, that impact Calgary’s businesses community. As a leading energy-based economy, it is important to ensure that there is a continual
and constructive dialog on issues of regulation, sustainability, and competitiveness in the sector.

Examining effective Aboriginal consultation

January 28, 2015

With rising global energy demand, and Canada’s ability to service that demand, the ability to properly consult and engage with Aboriginal communities is vital. Canada must expand its capacity to export oil and natural gas to growing Asian markets, and building that capacity comes down to effective consultation with First Nations. A failure to consult with Western Canada’s First Nations communities could have dire repercussions for proponents of pipeline projects through Alberta and British Columbia, and other natural resource projects. Canada’s energyindustry is dependent on overcoming challenges associated with resource development projects and Aboriginal consultation. Aboriginal relationships are of incredible importance to our economy, especially in the context of current resource development projects and Canada’s need to get its products to market.

In August, the Government of Alberta released the Government of Alberta’s Guidelines on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management, as a supplement to the government’s new Policy on Consultation with First Nations on Land and Natural Resource Management released in 2013. No government in Canada, including the federal government, has gone as far as the Government of Alberta in attempting to
create a more centralized, standardized, and government-controlled process of consultation.

Flood Resiliency: Insights from a survey of the Calgary business community

December 23, 2014

The Calgary Chamber of Commerce has been working for 123 years to build a stronger and more prosperous Calgary business community.

Small Business in Calgary - Challenges and Opportunities

November 3, 2014

Small businesses are important to economic development. They are job creators and drivers of our local economy, helping to stimulate economic growth and innovation. Small businesses sustain nearly half of all Canadian jobs and 30 percent of our GDP.

Aboriginal-Business Connection Series 2: Building and sustaining successful partnerships

October 7, 2013

Aboriginal communities present unique economic and business opportunities through their significant potential for economic growth, ready workforce and market demand for the Alberta and Canadian economy. In Canada, there is more than $315 billion in major
resource development projects identified on or near Aboriginal communities. Partnering with Aboriginal communities in Alberta is not only to be expected, but it is a smart business decision.

Aboriginal-Business Connection Series 2: Building and sustaining successful partnerships (Toolkit)

October 7, 2013

The first instalment of the Aboriginal-Business Connection (ABC) Series established the Calgary Chamber as the hub of emerging solutions and ideas to strengthen Aboriginal-business connections. ABC was one of the most successful series undertaken by
the Calgary Chamber over the period, engaging over 1,200 participants and seven corporate sponsors. To continue building on the success of ABC, the Calgary Chamber initiated a sequel to the series. This second series build upon the success and momentum of the original Aboriginal-Business Connection series and applied the feedback and perspectives of task force members, sponsors and audience participants to have a more in depth and detailed discussion of specific topics. The intent was to deliver a more targeted series that maintained a high public profile, but also enabled more in depth and robust discussions on key issues.

Building the workforce of tomorrow: Employment and career directions for the Métis (Toolkit for business)

June 19, 2013

The contents of this toolkit are based on the research report — Building the workforce of tomorrow: Employment and career directions for the Métis.

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