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Stability and resilience through COVID-19

Ensuring we can emerge on our front foot and ready to lead in a globalized, connected world.

The issue

The COVID-19 pandemic is a considerable global challenge that will continue to impact all Canadians, one way or another, for some time. Our way of life has been fundamentally disrupted.

We understand the stress and continued uncertainty for both the physical and economic health of our community. We know that all Canadians – everyday citizens, business owners, and our elected representatives – can meet this challenge. In order to ensure this, we ask policymakers to consider the following outcomes.

Delivering on these outcomes will keep us safe, ensure our Canadian economy continues to function, and allow us to emerge from this outbreak on our front foot and ready to lead in a globalized, connected world.

Policy recommendations

Stability and resiliency

On March 17, 2020, the Calgary Chamber submitted short, medium, and long term recommendations to all levels of government.

Our proposed plan

Public opinion research

Business Community Survey

We surveyed Calgary businesses to learn more about their experience with COVID-19 and the various support programs that are available. Here's what we learned.

See the results

Chamber in action

Municipal advocacy

Letter to City Council

On April 2, 2020, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce submitted the following letter to Mayor and Council on property tax relief for businesses struggling due to COVID-19.

Our asks

Provincial advocacy

Letter to Economic Recovery Council

Calgary and Edmonton Chambers recommend bold action for long-term sustainable jobs to Premier’s Economic Recovery Council.

Our joint letter

Federal advocacy

Letter to Minister Morneau

On April 9, 2020, the Calgary Chamber of Commerce submitted this letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau on support for Albertan and all Canadian businesses in the upcoming federal budget.

Read our letter

Supports for business

Letter on CEWS and CECRA

On May 6, 2020, we requested extension and changes to the CEWS and CECRA programs. Both are critical to the re-opening of our economy.

Our proposal

Alberta's relaunch strategy

Re-opening: top questions and concerns from business

On May 7, 2020, we shared the top re-opening questions and concerns from Calgary and Edmonton businesses with the provincial government.

Top concerns

Inclusive growth

Calgary Chamber supports affordable housing

On October 26, 2020, we joined organizations across the city and supported the City of Calgary's COVID-19 Community Affordable Housing Advocacy Plan

Our letter

The latest updates

Chamber on COVID-19

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Labour shortage and rising costs impeding business recovery

The Q2 Canadian Survey on Business Conditions indicates economic recovery will be uneven across sectors, with challenges exacerbated by an ongoing nationwide talent crunch combined with continued cost pressures and supply chain challenges.

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Local Laundry receives Calgary Small Business Award in 2021

Nominations now open for Calgary Small Business Awards

Over nine in ten businesses in Calgary are small businesses and together, they bring vital jobs, products, services, and vibrancy to our city. The Calgary Small Business Awards celebrate entrepreneurs that see opportunity, take risks, and work hard to make their business ideas a reality.

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Calgary is starting something exciting - and it's turning heads everywhere

Calgary has always been a city that’s been good at starting something. As we come out of seven lean years brought on by a collapse in oil prices followed by the COVID-19 pandemic, there are many signs that we are starting something. Again.

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We believe that vibrant business lead to vibrant communities.

We advocate for policies that enable them to start, scale, and compete.