The Red Deer & District Chamber of Commerce advocates on behalf of our members to positively influence decisions made at all levels of government.
Advocacy begins with our members through face to face communication, surveys, and our policy committees. We identify the issues that restrain business growth and work to create solutions to bring forward to government. We also work to bring awareness to issues facing the local business community.
For a comprehensive list of the positions advocated by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce visit their website here.In response to Finance Canada's proposed tax changes to private corporations, we drafted this policy asking the Government to shelf the proposed changes and strike a Royal Commission to comprehensively review the taxing statutes for the first time in over 40 years. This policy was adopted with near unanimous support by the Canadian Chambers and the recommendations have been echoed by the Senate's Standing Committee on National Finance and other groups including the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada.
Small business and accountants have report frustration and a need to commit significant time, often at considerable expense, to deal with taxation and filing issues with the Canada Revenue Agency.Promote agribusiness growth opportunities by reducing barriers to interprovincial and international trade
Despite having among the highest food-safety standards in Canada, the Safe Food for Canadians Act prohibits the trade of all foods shipped out of the province unless it is processed in a federally licenced facility.
Advancements in biotechnology have enabled farmers to provide a safe, reliable and economic source of food to Canadians. Despite strict regulatory oversight and innumerable studies verifying the safety of GMO foods, public perception is very poor and damaging the value of our world class agriculture products.
Inconsistencies in what deductions are indexed unfairly affect business and discourage workforce participation.
Our letter to Mayor Veer, Council, and the City Manager outlining our recommendations and the rational behind themSince 2004 operating spending in the City of Red Deer has outstripped inflation and population growth by 150 per cent. We advocated the City of Red Deer to aim for a 0% increase to spending to help alleviate the cost of municipal taxes on local business.While City Council was not successful in achieving 0%, they did manage to reduce the increase in spending to 1.5% from Administrations recommended level of 2.5%
The economy is a function of the workers and skills that comprise it. We strongly support RDC's bid to gain degree-granting status.
We work closely with our provincial counterparts to advocate on the issues impacting our members. For a full list of positions advocated by the Alberta Chambers visit their website here. Some highlights include: