Policy Development Overview
The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce standing policy committees develop policies and positions which reflect the best interests and directions of the local business community and help to advance the Chamber’s mission to “Create the Best Environment for Business”.
Policy ideas are raised by chamber volunteer and at times staff, and are reflective of the issues faced by today’s business climate. Following policy development (may take months), committee vetted policies are forwarded to the Policy Forum, the Chamber’s main policy approval body for debate and approval.
Occasionally issues arise which are beyond the mandate of one specific committee. If the issue is of concern to the business community, the Policy Forum may strike a Task Force and solicit members experienced in this area. The recommendation of the Task Force will follow the same route as the committee process, currently there are two task foces in operation.
Once approved, they become an official position of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and are then used to lobby all three levels of government on behalf of our members. If a locally approved policy is of provincial and/or national significance, the policy may also be submitted to the Alberta Chamber of Commerce (Spring) and Canadian Chamber of Commerce (Fall) for possible approval into their books.
Below are a collection of recent Edmonton Chamber policies dealing with all three levels of government:
Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Policy Development Process