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The Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce is driving the 2021 policy season forward by adopting three new provincial policies at their Chamber Board of Directors’ meeting on February 17, 2021, while continuing their support of three renewing provincial policies.

The organization’s new policies adopted by the board advocate for access to workplace mental health supports, expediting grazing lease applications and providing equitable air ambulance funding across the province. These new policies are now available on the chamber website:

‘Our Policy Council and special issue task forces developed some exceptional recommendations on key issues impacting our community. We are pleased to support these efforts by not only approving these policies but also actioning these recommendations through our ongoing work with Government to achieve the policy objectives outlined in our recommendations,’ stated Marcus Campbell, Chamber of Commerce President. ‘Our Policy Council sets the direction for our policy development with task forces established to research emerging issues, engage with issue-specific experts, and develop policies for adoption by our organization.’

‘Our policies start at a local grassroots level, identified as priorities by our membership and through our policy process,’ explains Campbell. ‘Once we’ve identified the challenges impacting our business community, we then work to develop solutions and recommendations. Our community has amazing individuals with expertise and knowledge that informs the development of the issues and recommendations found in our policies.’

The Board of Directors also approved three renewing policies on tax indexing, water sustainability and small-scale renewable energy.

‘While the policy and advocacy work we undertake covers a wide range of issues, they all centre on solutions to strengthen our community, building an environment that fuels success,’ continues Campbell. ‘The level of commitment and results-driven advocacy that we undertake was recently demonstrated through the recent City incentive policy adopted by Council on February 16th.’

This new policy encourages “development and redevelopment through incentives that are fair, transparent and result in a reasonable rate of return on the City’s investment” and “have built-in measurability and accountability.” This new incentive policy aligns with the local Chamber’s recommendations that they have been advocating for since 2014 through the policy position on Creating a Strong and Diverse Local Economy

Through this policy position, the Chamber asked for an investment readiness team, investment readiness tools and a business development incentive plan, including targeted outcomes and requirements for those incentives in order to remain competitive and sustain future economic growth.

‘We have been persistent in asking for targeted incentives to create an environment that ignites development and creates opportunities for businesses to either relocate to our region or expand their existing operations. It’s exciting to see our recommendations to the City take hold and develop into an Incentive Policy that aligns with so many of our priorities,’ further commented Campbell. 

‘The heart of the policy and advocacy work we do at the Chamber is really about creating solutions to problems that arise and helping to build the businesses that support our families and our communities. We know that our community is facing some incredible challenges and our policies not only consider today’s challenges but also pave the way to make our future more prosperous for all,’ concluded Campbell.

Currently, the Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce has over fifty policies that are used to advocate to all levels of Government and can be viewed online here:

Please direct all media inquiries to:

Marcus Campbell, President
c/o Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce
(403) 527-5214 ext.225

The Chamber of Commerce is a member-driven, volunteer-led organization, proudly representing the interests of businesses in our region, and working diligently to stimulate a strengthened and vibrant economy through our connections, support and influence. For more than 115 years, the Chamber has stood for promoting business, monitoring Government and championing managed growth in the local economy. The Chamber represents over 800 businesses in our region and is aligned with both the Alberta Chambers of Commerce (ACC), which represents over 25,000 businesses and the Canadian Chambers of Commerce (CCC), which represents over 200,000 businesses. With the largest and most influential business organizations locally, provincially and federally, the Chamber network is the most unified, valued and influential business network in Canada and works together to shape policy and programs that will make a difference to businesses in our region.

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