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Helping businesses in Edmonton by advocating on behalf of our members to positively influence decisions made by all levels of government.

Businesses need a favourable environment in order to compete and thrive. The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce helps to amplify the voice of business in policy debates, ensuring that public officials clearly understand the business perspective when making decisions. Our advocacy efforts are focused on:

  • Expanding Business and Investor Confidence
  • Expanding Trade and Access to Markets
  • Expanding Regional and Northern Partnerships

Our Policies

Canada needs a National Urban Strategy: Urban Chambers of Commerce

September 19, 2019

September 19, 2019— Edmonton At a news conference this morning in Halifax, the Canadian Global Cities Council (CGCC) called on the campaigning federal parties to support the development of a National Urban Strategy to help cities build the infrastructure they need to support Canada’s economic competitiveness. In the second playbook of its Agenda for Growth…

Priorities for a competitive future in this year’s federal election

September 9, 2019

September 9, 2019 – Calgary, Edmonton With the federal election approaching, Canadians face an important choice. In a rapidly changing global economy, Canada needs strong leadership to navigate the way toward a more competitive and prosperous future. The Calgary and Edmonton Chambers of Commerce have united to speak with one voice to urge all federal…

City Budget Bulletin #10: Last Chance to Speak Up!

December 10, 2018

City Budget is in its final stretch! The Mayor and City Councillors are wrapping up budget deliberations this week, with the final vote expected either late Wednesday or Friday morning. While there are still many new spending package votes that you need to encourage your Councillor to be vigilant about, we have already seen some…

City Budget Bulletin #9: Your Voice is Critical

November 22, 2018

It is Decision Time on the City Budget – Your Voice is Critical! Property tax increases, on top of increased taxes, fees, and other costs from all orders of government, are pushing many Edmonton businesses to the breaking point. The City of Edmonton released its proposed 2019–2022 budget, which will be voted on next month. The…

City Budget Bulletin #8: Keep the Momentum Going

November 21, 2018

Last week, the City held the first day of its annual public hearings on the budget, but this time it was different than in years past, when virtually all those present were advocating for projects needing new spending. This year, the business community and other citizens were very vocal in their opposition to further tax increases, with…

City Budget Bulletin #7: We Need Your Voice!

November 7, 2018

10% Tax Hike Over 4 Years? We Need Your Voice! The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce’s single biggest priority is Edmonton’s competitiveness, and this year we have made a concerted effort to work with City Council and Administration to ensure their top priority is avoiding tax hikes for businesses in the 2019-2022 budget cycle. Last week,…

City Budget Bulletin #6: Edmonton Must Get its Competitive Edge Back

November 2, 2018

The Edmonton Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice for the businesses who provide jobs and prosperity in Edmonton. Our Municipal Budget Campaign this year has had a lot of success, but with the draft budget coming out tomorrow we need you to keep the momentum going by lending your voice to this important issue…

City Budget Bulletin #5: Labour Costs Part Two

September 20, 2018

As we pointed out in our last City Budget Bulletin, the City of Edmonton cannot expect to constrain operational spending growth unless it addresses employee costs, which account for 57% of the operating budget. Last week we focused on holding the line on wages in this round of public sector negotiations. The other strategy the…

City Budget Bulletin #4: Labour Costs Part One

September 19, 2018

This is the fourth in a series of City Budget Bulletins through which we will be raising awareness and proposing solutions—please share them and let the Mayor and Council know how important it is to hold the line on property tax increases in the upcoming municipal budget. The City of Edmonton cannot expect to constrain operational…

Developing a Northern Infrastructure Corridor

September 13, 2018

Many industries in Canada are not reaching their full potential because of transportation and infrastructure challenges: poor roads, congested trade routes and ports, and high transportation and energy costs. A dedicated, multi-modal transportation utility corridor (TUC) across mid-northern Canada and reaching all three Canadian coasts would allow and encourage investment in trade-supporting infrastructure. What are…

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