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Policy & Advocacy

Policy Committees

Chamber policy and advocacy activities are guided by the grassroot members that comprise our Policy Committees. Committees will typically meet once per month to identify and discuss issues affecting business and their potential solutions.

Municipal Affairs

Finance and Taxation

Human Capital and Technology

Natural Resources

If you're interested in joining a committee, contact Reg Warkentin, Policy & Advocacy Manager.

Policy

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.

We work closely with our partners at the Alberta Chambers of Commerce and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to advocate on issues provincial or national in scope.

If you are interested in joining one of our volunteer Policy Committees or learning more about our policy and advocacy, please contact our Policy and Advocacy Manager, Reg Warkentin.

Federal Issues

For a comprehensive list of the positions advocated by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce visit their website here.

Amend the Equalization formula to incent less spending and more saving

The current formula of Canada's equalization transfer program includes a number of disincentives that result in inefficient levels of taxation and government spending.

Allow for the creation of agriculture REITs

Real Estate Investment Trusts have the potential to increase liquidity of farmland and create a robust rental market while maintaining arable land for agricultural purposes.

Benefit all Canadians by reforming taxing statutes through a Royal Commission
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.

Institute an appeal process for Labour Market Impact Assessments
The current process lacks transparency and is leaving employers out thousands of dollars for denied applications.

Canada Revenue Agency impact on small business
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 licensed 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.

Regional Issues

Letter on City tax relief program

Support businesses through COVID with multi-year property tax deferrals

Letter in support of City of Red Deer's infrastructure request 

Recommendations to Red Deer City Council for Operating Budget 2019

Recommendations to Red Deer City Council for Operating Budget 2018

Chamber recommends 0% increase to City of Red Deer Operating Budget (2017)

Red Deer College to become a Polytechnic University
The economy is a function of the workers and skills that comprise it. We strongly support RDC's bid to gain degree-granting status.

Provincial Issues

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:

Statement on relaunch plan step back

Letter: Red Deer Chamber calls on provincial government to re-open the economy

Transportation and Utility Corridors

The option of private worker coverage

Educate and foster entrepreneurship through MicroSociety

Impacts of significant minimum wage increase

Innovation in Canada: preserve and strengthen the Scientific Research and Experimental Development tax incentive program

Alberta Farm Safety Legislation (Bill 6)

Considering the cumulative effect of cost increases from all levels of government

Outdated transportation road-weight restrictions can adversely impact industry. Striking a balance

Provide a pathway to permanent residency for entrepreneurial immigrants

Elimination of border re-inspections and associated fees on Canadian meat exports into USA

Need to protect property rights

Protecting canola production by making clubroot a reportable disease