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Halifax Chamber 2021 Federal Budget Response
| Topics: Budget Issues

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NSCC- Place 4 Students
| Topics: Post-Secondary Education

From NSCC:
Place 4 Students is an online platform where property owners can list their vacancies for free. When students find suitable housing, they excel academically and thrive professionally. In return, they contribute to the growth of their communities. Local property owners and businesses alike benefit when students find not only a great place to study, but a community that supports them to stay long after their education is completed.

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February 2021 Advocacy Bulletin

Check out the Chamber's latest Advocacy update!

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Affordable Housing: A Chamber's Perspective
| Topics: Affordable Housing

Over the past eleven months, the Halifax Chamber has been working diligently to ensure our members are up-to-date and aware of the programs, services, and announcements that could impact their business. We have also spent countless hours chatting with members, producing relevant webinar material, and advocating the government for increased supports and common-sense policies. While there is still much work to be done as we begin recovery, we thought this might be a great time to introduce a new series: Thoughtful Thursdays.

Our advocacy work is often quite specific, focusing on issues like taxes, transit, and red tape. But now we are providing another platform for more open discussions on trending issues, current events, and business ideas. Check back on Thursdays for a new piece once a month and leave us a comment or send us a message. We would love to get a conversation going in hopes of inspiring a more thoughtful Thursday.

Today's piece is on Affordable Housing. Want to chime in on the conversation. Head over to LinkedIn

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2021-2022 Municipal Pre-Budget Submission

While the 2020-2021 budget outlined many issues and projects that aligned with our Strategic Plan there are still areas of concern for the 2021-2022 budget. This submission highlights the top priorities of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce’s membership of over 1,700 businesses that employ over 65,000 people, focusing on mitigating the impacts of COVID-19. Our recommendations are based on many conversations with our members over the past year and work on balancing the needs of the Halifax business community with that of the province.

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Proposed Biodiversity Act- Information for our Members

Biodiversity Act. We want to ensure our members are aware of the Biodiversity Act and the potential impact on our members. If you have questions, please reach out to our Senior Policy Analyst, Kathleen at kathleen@halifaxchamber.com.

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Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) Information for Businesses

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2020 COVID-19 Updates from the Halifax Chamber
| Topics: Multi-Topic Publications

From the onset of the Pandemic, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce has been committed to keeping our members and the business community updated with the latest and most important information. We have compiled this information into one document. We will continue to provide the business community with updates for funding, COVID-19 restrictions, and relevant information in 2021.

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2021-2021 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission
| Topics: Budget Issues

The Provincial Pre-Budget submission outlines our member's concerns and policy goals for the new budget.  While the 2020-2021 budget outlined many issues and projects that aligned with our Strategic Plan there are still areas of concern for the 2021-2022 budget. This submission highlights the top priorities of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce’s membership, focusing on mitigating the impacts of COVID-19. Our recommendations are based on many conversations with our members over the past year and work on balancing the needs of the Halifax business community with that of the province.

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2020 Provincial Issue Note

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2020 Municipal Issue Note
| Topics: Multi-Topic Publications

Each year, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce submits an Issue Note to the Municipal government. This document outlines some of the issues that are affecting our members and the business community. COVID-19 has had a strong impact on our membership and the broader community; therefore, our 2020 Issue Note will focus significantly on what the municipal government can do to provide support to entrepreneurs, business owners, and employees during this unprecedented time and poses questions of our Mayor and Councillors. While our 2019-2023 Strategic Plan pillars will still be prevalent in our discussions, we want the emphasis to be on the things we can do now, that will encourage growth, sustainability, and stimulation of the economy.

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2020 HRM Election Candidate Responses
| Topics: Multi-Topic Publications

We reached out to the 2020 municipal election candidates to ask them the questions we have heard from you, our members!

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More Relief for Businesses Now!
| Topics: COVID-19

This Op-Ed was published in the Chronicle Herald the week of September 21st.

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COVID-19 Recovery Survey Reults
| Topics: COVID-19

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Safe Meetings Matter - Presentation from the Hotel Association of Nova Scotia
| Topics: COVID-19

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Nova Scotia Tourism - Letter to The Honourable Geoff MacLellan
| Topics: COVID-19

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POST: Building confidence in our businesses
| Topics: COVID-19

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Printable Reopening Signage
| Topics: COVID-19

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Reopening Business In Halifax Guide
| Topics: COVID-19

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NSBLEC Policy Wins
| Topics: COVID-19

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