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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

Child care in Alberta

Bold action on child care required for economic recovery

With recent provincial commitments announced for child care, collaboration and bold action will be needed to support a strong and inclusive economic recovery and functional child care system for Albertans.

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Restaurants, cottaging, partying and shopping lead the way for cooped up Canadians: Survey

Province by province passions spelled out in Double Vax Summer Survey by Bromwich+Smith

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Local Payments Company Helcim Welcomes Back Small Businesses with Free Chocolate and Beer

On July 14th, Helcim Street Teams visited local businesses in ten different Calgary communities to drop off Welcome Back Bundles from the company’s local merchants to help celebrate Calgary's reopening.

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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.