Calgary Chamber


September 2014
Influence - Advocacy that helps your business.

Fighting for reform, equity and transparency for Calgary business

Fighting for reform, equity and transparency for Calgary business

Heading into the 2015-18 budget cycle, the Chamber will be working closely with both Council and City Administration to ensure that the issues most concerning to your business are at the top of the agenda. Earlier this week your Chamber met with The City of Calgary’s top bureaucrat, City Manager Jeff Fielding, to advocate some of the key municipal issues impacting the growth and competitiveness of Calgary businesses.

Read about how we propose to reform franchise fees, get non-residential tax equity and require transparency on development levies.


Secondary suites: Why they are important for Calgary business

Secondary suites: Why they are important for Calgary business

Calgary’s expensive and often unavailable housing, particularly rental housing, is acting as a big drag on our economy making it difficult for our city to attract new workers. This is why expanding the legalization of secondary suites is a vital business issue that your Chamber is championing.

Read the convincing business case for legalizing secondary suites.


Advocacy at the national level to support your labour needs

Advocacy at the national level to support your labour needs

This weekend, the Calgary Chamber will be presenting and defending two proposed policy resolutions at the national level calling for federal reforms in the areas of labour, skills development and immigration policy. The proposed reforms will help to support the labour needs of our member businesses and ensure they have the capacity to attract and retain the skilled workers they need.

Learn more about these important resolutions.


Market access a big risk for Calgary’s mid-market

Market access a big risk for Calgary’s mid-market

Calgary has a large and exceptional mid-market sector that often receives little attention. The Chamber conducted a survey of this market, in collaboration with EY, to understand their business challenges. The results were clear: mid-market companies are focused on growth and a majority (57%) see market access as the biggest risk to their business.

Understand the other risks these vital businesses are facing.


Save $200 on dividend tax this year

Save $200 on dividend tax this year

The Calgary Chamber was pleased to see the advocacy work of our Tax and Economic Affairs Committee pay off when the Government of Alberta agreed to adjust the tax credit offered to small businesses that choose to issue dividends as a form of payment.

See how this change makes dividends more valuable to you.





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