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April 19 2021

Budget 2021 supports businesses, job creation and a green economic recovery

Calgary, April 19, 2021 – The 2021 Federal Budget, tabled today by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, outlines a historic plan to provide ongoing direct support to businesses and invest in our economy as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Bold action is required to protect businesses, create jobs and support economic recovery in all regions. However, Budget 2021 drives the federal debt and deficit to record levels, and will require a long-term plan to ensure financial sustainability and certainty for businesses in the years to come.

“The ongoing support for businesses included in today’s budget will be critical as they continue to face the challenges of the pandemic,” says Murray Sigler, interim CEO of the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. “Budget 2021 provides critical investments aimed at getting our economy back on track and people back to work, including record investments in child care and support for job creation.”

We are encouraged to see significant progress in several areas where we have urged action that fosters growth and optimism for Canadian businesses, including:

As we emerge and recover from the pandemic, the federal government must shift its attention from crisis mode to long-term sustainability through actions including:

Calgary’s business community remains committed to working with all levels of government to ensure we emerge and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, and harness an inclusive, innovative and sustainable economic future.

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