The 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.
One of the Chamber’s significant benefits to our members is our role as advocates on your behalf. We do this with a thoughtful and informed approach by taking member issues to government at all levels on our members’ behalf.
We gather member input on those issues via conversations, polls, business panels, surveys, roundtables, task forces and our Board of Directors. This feedback is crafted into position papers backed with solid facts on the issue to support our views.
Our work is guided by our Strategic Plan goals and our task forces established to support those goal areas.
The Chamber is now recruiting members to join the Strategic Plan task forces – Create a Positive Business Environment and Grow and Nurture the Skilled Workforce. Both Task forces, working with staff, provide key input into our advocacy work supporting our Strategic Plan.
The current focus areas for Create a Positive Business Environment are tax burden and red tape. The focus of the Grow and Nurture the Skilled Workforce is talent supply with a concentration on Work Intergrated Learning.
If you are interested in participating on one of our volunteer groups, send an email to Kathleen@halifaxchamber.com with details on your areas of interest and a bit about your background.
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:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information about work completed by past Chamber committees, visit our Policy Library.