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Trade & Transportation - Provincial Policy

Transportation systems are intrinsically linked to economic development is a self-evident truth. However, there is a growing trend in the transportation planning literature, and in the developed plans of both national and provincial organizations, to consider best-practice for this discipline in terms of multimodal transportation planning.

Southeast Alberta Chamber of Commerce (formerly Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce)

Trade & Transportation - Federal

Despite recent trade agreements, many barriers continue significantly impede the movement of goods, services and labour between Canadian provinces and territories, creating ongoing uncertainty that harms Canada’s reputation as a secure place to invest and do business.

Southeast Alberta Chamber of Commerce (formerly Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce)

Transportation - Provincial Policy

Given the importance of the trucking industry to Alberta’s economy, the current shortage of drivers needs to be addressed as soon as possible. While the incentives available are helping to drive new students into the Mandatory Entry-Level Training (MELT) program, the number of motor vehicle accidents seen including commercial vehicles has caused an increase in insurance premiums for new Class 1 drivers...

Southeast Alberta Chamber of Commerce (formerly Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce)

Trade & Transportation - Provincial Policy

Twinning construction of the remaining (approx.) 170 kilometers of Alberta Highway 3 known as Crowsnest Pass Highway, has been a concern for nearly two decades due not only to safety and efficiency concerns, but also concerns related to the stagnation of economic benefits and market access along this corridor. The main benefits that accrue from twinning Highway 3 include safety improvements, time savings for commercial and recreational travel, increased social and economic activities, tourism, and agricultural needs.

Southeast Alberta Chamber of Commerce (formerly Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce)

Trade & Transportation - Provincial Policy

Although Alberta continues to have a very prosperous trading relationship with its neighbors in the U.S. it is the only province in Canada with access to only one 24-hour border crossing with a disparity to the trading relationship and access to adequate border facilities to facilitate efficient trade between Canada and the U.S.

Southeast Alberta Chamber of Commerce (formerly Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce)

Trade & Transportation - Provincial & Federal Policy

Alberta is one of Canada’s most robust provincial economies with the highest GDP per capita and an economy driven by its ability to export products and services. As a result, transportation and logistics plays a critical role in our economy, as it supports a variety of industries across the province. Yet, with one of the best transportation systems in Canada, we still have only one full-service commercial port of entry between Alberta and the U.S. There is a need for better access and hours at our border to facilitate e

Southeast Alberta Chamber of Commerce (formerly Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce)

Transportation - Provincial Policy

Global commerce is increasingly reliant upon the ability for goods to reach local, regional and international markets. As such, it is imperative to consider the crucial role that transportation networks play in economic development. Current infrastructure in and around Southern Alberta requires serious upgrades and advancements to maintain and leverage a competitive edge in advancing business success in Southern Alberta.

Southeast Alberta Chamber of Commerce (formerly Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce)

Trade & Transportation - Federal

Current federal legislation does not allow for meat, poultry, eggs, dairy products, fruits and vegetables to cross provincial/territorial borders, or to be exported out of Canada unless these products are processed in a federally licensed facility. The new Safe Food for Canadians Act will expand this to include all foods shipped out of province/territory. The Canadian government claims that this is required to ensure that Canada fulfils its commitments under current world trade agreements.

Southeast Alberta Chamber of Commerce (formerly Medicine Hat & District Chamber of Commerce)
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