Policy and Advocacy

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Harbor in Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaThe Chamber’s policy team ensures that the views of the business community are heard at all levels of government. We believe that the issues we advocate on should be beneficial to the broader business community so that everyone benefits.

 

The Halifax Chamber of Commerce conducts all operations under the guidance of its Strategic Plan. Every five years, a comprehensive strategic planning process is undertaken to ensure that members’ views are reflected in all aspects of Chamber operations.

Strategic Plan

In June 2013, the Board of Directors approved the following aspirational statement:

The Halifax Chamber of Commerce is committed to enhancing the prosperity of its members and to realizing Halifax’s potential to be among the top 3 highest growth city economies in Canada by 2018.

This shall be achieved by focusing on three key goals:

  1. To create a positive business environment to be reflected by being among the top 3 highest growth city economies in Canada by 2018
  2. To increase the skilled workforce by 20% from 2012 to 2018
  3. To accelerate prosperity of Chamber members by providing first class networking events, benefit programs, advocacy to governments, education, information and by making connections.

Working towards these goals, we will be better able to focus on initiatives that will directly help member businesses grow, move into new markets, and attract and retain talent – all helping create a city that is vibrant, competitive. and open for business.

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Strategic Plan Summary

Full 2013-2018 Strategic Plan

Questions to Ask Local Candidates in October’s Municipal Election

  1. Does the commercial tax system in Halifax need reform? If so, what would you like to change?
  2. How will you reduce red tape for businesses in Halifax?
  3. What are your thoughts on development in Halifax?
  4. Do you support the Regional Centre Plan?
  5. Effective transit is an important issue for businesses, what will you do to improve Halifax’s transit system?
  6. What are your thoughts on increasing immigration to Halifax?
  7. What do you think should be council’s primary focus over the next term?
  8. How will you ensure Halifax has an open for business culture?
  9. What is the most important thing the next mayor and council can do to grow Halifax’s economy?
  10. How do you plan to lead the city?

What issue impacts your business

  • Do you support putting a carbon tax on fuels such as gas, coal and oil to address climate change?

 

More Information

The Chamber will be lead on some of these initiatives, but not all. Collaboration with other organizations will be a critical component of delivering on these strategies.

Interest from our members is always welcome. We have a variety of ways to engage our members such as advisory groups, roundtables and focus groups. We appreciate your interest in the Chamber’s work and your expression of interest is valuable to us. These task forces will provide important input to the Chamber’s work on the goals of the Strategic Plan. Please send your expression of interest to Eric@halifaxchamber.com.

For information about work completed by past Chamber committees, visit our Policy Library.