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Browse through our Policy Library to learn how our work affects business in Nova Scotia.

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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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Halifax Chamber of Commerce - Letter to HRM-2020 Budget Update

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UPDATED: Provincial and Federal Support for Businesses Affected by COVID-19
| Topics: Health and Education

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Federal Funding Programs Flowcharts
| Topics: Multi-Topic Publications

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NSBLEC - Chronicle Herald Story
| Topics: Health and Education

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PRESS RELEASE: Halifax Chamber of Commerce and NSBLEC in the Chronicle Herald
| Topics: Health and Education

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Support for Canada’s airports facing severe financial impact of COVID-19
| Topics: Transportation and Trade

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Provincial and Federal Supports for Businesses Affected by COVID-19

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Government Support for Business (April 2 Update)
| Topics: Multi-Topic Publications

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Government Support for Businesses (March 31 Update)
| Topics: Multi-Topic Publications

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Press Release - Introducing the COVID-19 Business/Employee Team
| Topics: Health and Education

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2020-2021 Provincial Budget Response: A lIttle Something For Everyone
| Topics: Budget Issues

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Halifax Chamber of Commerce- Capped Assessment Program Comments
| Topics: Taxation and Regulation

Patrick Sullivan, President & CEO of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce recently presented to the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipality's All-Party Committee on the Capped Assessment Program in Nova Scotia. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments on the CAP.

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2020-2021 Municipal Pre-Budget Submission
| Topics: Budget Issues

Each year the Halifax Chamber of Commerce produces a Municipal Pre-Budget Submission that outlines our member's concerns and policy goals for the new budget. The submission highlights the top priorities of the Halifax Chamber of Commerce’s membership. 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 City. We have provided the Council with ten recommendations that focus on optimizing the size of government, creating a frictionless business environment and promoting the growth of Halifax as a major city.

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QEII New Generation Project
| Topics: Health and Education

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2020-2021 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission
| Topics: Budget Issues

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2019 Provincial Issue Note- Response from Premier McNeil
| Topics: Multi-Topic Publications

The Chamber recently submitted our 2019 Provincial Issue Note to the Province wherein we asked relevant and timely questions that focused on the growth of our region and the business community. We are pleased that we have received a letter of response from Premier McNeil.


If you have any questions comments, please email our policy analyst, Kathleen MacEachern, at kathleen@halifaxchamber.com

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The Federal Election is over – What’s Next?

Your Chamber was actively engaged during the recent Federal election. As an apolitical organization, our focus was on strongly encouraging our members to exercise their right to vote and providing information to help them to do just that. As well, we monitored political platforms for areas that aligned with issues you have identified – Talent, a federal Tax Review, a predictable investment climate, and common-sense regulations. We need our governments to set the conditions for your success and then let you proceed. Now post-election, we will be looking for the best ways to continue to move your issues forward with the federal government. That will include working with our national partners such as the Canadian Global Cities Council and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce as well as meeting with our Halifax MPs to ensure your issues are top of mind. Once the new Federal Cabinet is sworn in, we will review Ministerial Mandate letters for alignment with our key issues and follow up from there. Stay tuned and don’t hesitate to reach with your issues or concerns. We are in your corner!

2019 Municipal Issue Note
| Topics: Multi-Topic Publications

The Halifax Chamber of Commerce is a business-focused organization that represents over 1,700 members and over 65,000 employees in the Greater Halifax Area. In our 2019-2023 Strategic Plan we are striving to create value and prosperity for our members. We will provide services our businesses need, and we will continue to advocate for the conditions in the economy that enhance their prosperity.

Each year, the Halifax Chamber of Commerce submits a note to the Municipality, detailing the issues that affect our members, our concerns for the upcoming year and the current and past projects that are beneficial to the growth of the City. This year, the Halifax Chamber has chosen to ask the government various questions that reflect the issues that are important to our members. They range from the cost of labour to by-law reviews to accessible hiring. We provide additional background in the attachment, but the questions asked in the document are provided below:

• What has been the percentage increase in labour costs over the past ten years?
• What new sources (other than tax increases) are expected to generate the required revenue?
• Has the municipality asked the province to grant ability to pay legislation?
• What is the cost of services for commercial and residential taxpayers across the municipality?
• What does the municipality hear the most from the business community regarding the regulatory environment?
• How many of the 131 by-laws have currently been reviewed for effectiveness, efficiency, and usefulness?
• Will the HaliFACT document and its goals align with the Centre Plan?
• What reasons does the municipality hear why immigrants chose to stay or leave the city?
• What steps is the municipality taking to ensure a smooth transition (permits, approvals) for businesses to upgrade or redesign their built space to make it easier for accessible hiring?

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