• The Manitoba Chambers of Commerce is Working for You!

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    Last month I attended the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce Annual General Meeting in Portage la Prairie. This is my opportunity to represent all of you at the provincial level.  This event provides a great chance to talk with people from other Chambers across Manitoba and find out what’s working, or not working, for them.  I hear about what kinds of challenges businesses are facing in other areas of our province.  And also come away with lots of new ideas on initiatives to spur business growth and economic development.
     
    One of the biggest focuses of the Manitoba Chamber is advocacy for the business community.  They have already met a number of times with our new provincial government, and are encouraged that the new government understands the role that business plays in a growing Manitoba.  Policy resolutions are at the heart of the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce and reflect their mission to champion sustainable economic growth leading to greater prosperity for business and communities in Manitoba.

    The focus of policy development falls under a number of key areas, including:
    • Economic Competitiveness
    • Workforce
    • Healthcare
    • Rural Economic Development and Northern Manitoba
    • Water and Environment
    • Tourism

    At the AGM we passed 18 new policy resolutions which the MB Chambers will now present to the new MB government.  They cover things like asking the government to review the manner in which minimum wage is set in our province, asking them to look at a less arbitrary, and more predictable process in setting minimum wage.  A process that would include looking at changes that would be tied to economic indicators and cost of living.
     
    We passed resolutions on issues like tackling Manitoba’s economic competitiveness through taxation, and resolving Canada’s skills crisis through increased immigration. 
    For a full report on the policy resolutions that were passed you can click the link below.

    http://www.mbchamber.mb.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Resolutions-2016.pdf
     

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