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Municipal Affairs - Provincial Policy

Pressure on affordable housing across Alberta and Canada is growing. It is neither feasible nor sustainable for governments to address the issue on their own. P3 (Public-Private Partnership) models show the greatest potential to address the magnitude of the issue while creating a sustainable program. More affordable housing units can be rapidly brought on stream by activating the private development sector to meet demand.

Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce

Municipal Affairs - Municipal Policy

An economic development strategy plays a key role in directing and focusing economic development efforts within a region. Currently, several initiatives and organizations are involved in contributing to economic development within the Southeast Alberta region; however, there is no overarching strategy to provide direction to these organizations or to address the role of their activities.

Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce

Municipal Affairs - Municipal Policy

Competition to create semi-skilled and skilled employment opportunities has never been higher with regions who are trying to attract new employers now facing global competition. Many municipalities have begun to focus on Business Incentive Programs to incentivize business to relocate or expand in their region, identifying that when businesses make expansion or relocation decisions factors such as costs (land, utilities, taxes), availability of labour and transportation are often considered.

Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce

Municipal Affairs, Municipal, Provincial

The current process to discover, investigate, remediate, and redevelop brownfields is onerous, costly, and frustrating for local governments and does not encourage and incentivize the private sector to redevelop brownfields. While Alberta's Municipal Government Act enables local governments to cancel, defer, or reduce the municipal taxes on brownfields through a property tax bylaw, the provincial portion of education taxes remains on the property. In addition, legislation and regulations for remediation and reclamation.

Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce

Municipal Affairs - Municipal Policy

Currently many businesses in Medicine Hat perceive regulations at City Hall to be over burdensome, costly, unnecessary and frustrating. The business community would like to suggest ways to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses to ensure the City of Medicine Hat is viewed as ‘Open for Business’.

Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce
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