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Royalty review is good news for industry

Just hours ago the Royalty Review Panel appointed by the Government of Alberta to study our province's oil and gas royalty structure released their findings and recommendations.

The recommendations issued today focus squarely on how both industry and Albertans can maximize the value derived from our natural resources, and provide the certainty and predictability that industry needs to make long term investment decisions that will strengthen our energy economy.

See what our Director of Policy Justin Smith has to say about it in this short video.


Business Tax Reduction Proposal moves forward

Rebate could bring savings to 90% of Calgary’s businesses

City Hall

On Tuesday, the Business Tax Reduction Proposal, a business tax rebate that could save every small- and medium-sized business hit by the economic downturn $2,400 – $14,000 was referred by a favourable vote of City Council to next week's priorities and finance committee.

The Chamber is fighting for your business and this is an important step forward in supporting our local business community during a time of need.

We were happy to create the proposal in partnership with Ward 8 Councillor Evan Woolley and Calgary Economic Development and we will continue to work on this project with administration and committee over the next few weeks.

Would you like to see the proposal move forward? Give it your support by contacting your councillor.


Chamber takes your priorities to Federal Finance Minister

With the Calgary business community facing some significant economic stresses due to the collapse in global crude prices, Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau came to town as part of his cross-country pre-budget consultation.

This new government has outlined plans to review and address many areas of public policy that affect our long term economic prospects. As the leading advocate for our city’s business community, the Calgary Chamber was pleased to convene a roundtable to provide an opportunity for business leaders to engage with Minister Morneau on:

  • Creating a fiscal policy oriented to sustainable economic growth
  • Finding a path to prosperity for Alberta in a low-carbon future
  • Ensuring a great leap forward on innovation and technological development
  • How to Canadian firms competitive and innovative

As the the Chamber completes its pre-budget submission we want to hear about your priorities - contact with your comments.


ICYMI: Ten priorities for how government can help Calgary business in 2016


The Calgary Chamber has been around for 125 years. We have been here through World Wars, The Depression, recessions, and the booms and busts of a resource-based economy. Through all of these things, we have worked to support a competitive and prosperous business climate, and advocate on issues important to the long-term economic growth of our city.

These days you don’t have to look hard to know that these are extraordinary times in Calgary and while it is often said that governments can’t control the global prices of commodities, and ours cannot, there is still a lot they can do. 

Take a look at the top things we will be asking our leaders to work on in 2016.