2017 Municipal Election Priorities

HOW CAN CITY COUNCIL HELP EDMONTON BUSINESSES SUCCEED?

 Stop Raising the Cost of Doing Business in Edmonton

  • All levels of government have been piling new costs onto businesses. Businesses are tapped out and cannot be asked for more and more each year.
  • Between 2006 and 2015, Edmonton saw combined population growth and inflation of only 16%, but Edmonton’s total tax demand more than doubled.[1]
  • The City needs to be more efficient and re-allocate existing funding when priorities change.
  • We are very supportive of the City’s Program and Service Review, which is reviewing every single service and program the City offers to ensure they provide value to citizens.

 Support Regional Economic Development

  • Until now, towns, cities and counties in our region have focused on attracting investment within their own boundaries. This creates competition between each municipality.
  • Instead of competing within the region, we need to compete as a region.
  • Working together will help us compete with much larger cities and regions across the continent.
  • The development of Edmonton Global as a single economic development and investment attraction entity for the Edmonton Metropolitan Region is a major step forward.
  • We strongly support further regional collaboration on economic development.

 Keep Investing in Edmonton

  • We strongly support capital investments made by both government and private industry.
  • Downtown has seen a new arena, new office towers, new restaurants, and new hotels.
  • Issues with project management have led to delays and cost overruns on major projects. LRT projects were supposed to reduce congestion, but have made traffic even slower in some areas.
  • The City should continue to invest in capital projects while strengthening project management and control processes.
  • The City should examine new ways to fund capital projects, like the Canada Infrastructure Bank.

 Keep Innovating

  • Edmonton must continue to position itself for the future.
  • The Health City Initiative is helping Edmonton become a recognized centre of excellence in health innovation.
  • Edmonton is proving itself as a world-leader in artificial intelligence.
  • We need to compete for investments like the federal Innovation Superclusters Initiative, and promote Edmonton around the world as a world-class destination for investment in emerging industries.

 Who are We?

The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce is the official voice of business in the Edmonton Region. With close to 2,300 members, representing over 111,000 employees, we are one of the largest chambers in Canada and among the most influential business organizations in the country. The Edmonton Chamber is a non-partisan organization, and we do not endorse candidates seeking elected office.

Altus Group, NAIOP Capital Region Non-Residential Tax Report, 2016

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