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November 28 2022

Addressing rising costs and labour shortages must be prioritized as Legislature resumes

Calgary, November 29, 2022 – As the Alberta Legislature resumes sitting this afternoon, the Calgary Chamber is optimistic for the future of the province. As the government unveils its plans to further strengthen Alberta’s economic position, we encourage a renewed focus on supporting businesses with rising costs and addressing the ongoing labour shortage.

“As the first legislative sessions begins under Premier Smith, we will be looking for commitments to address the labour shortage and talent gap - including support for immigration and settlement for recertification, the meaningful restoration of funding to post-secondary institutions and continued investment in the 'Alberta is Calling' campaign, " says Deborah Yedlin, President and CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. "Additionally, we expect to see initiatives that provide support for businesses, particularly related to affordability and inflation, as these important engines of Alberta's economy continue to face higher interest rates, and upward pressure on many important inputs - labour, transportation, supply chain and energy."

On behalf of Calgary’s business community, we urge the Government of Alberta to focus on the following priorities during the coming session:

As the government implements key policies and programs in the upcoming session, the Calgary Chamber urges close collaboration and communication with Calgary businesses to facilitate certainty and stability, and set the stage for Alberta’s entrepreneurial and businesses community to succeed today and tomorrow.

About the Calgary Chamber of Commerce

The Calgary Chamber exists to help businesses thrive. As the convenor and catalyst for a vibrant, inclusive, and prosperous business community, the Chamber works to build strength and resilience among its members and position Calgary as a magnet for talent, diversification, and opportunity. As an independent, non-profit, non-partisan organization, we build on our 131-year history to serve and advocate for businesses of all sizes, in all sectors, and across the city.

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