Provincial Policies Approved by Manitoba Chambers
Every year, chambers from across the province come together to discuss and debate policy that reflect the grassroot challenges and needs of the Manitoba businesses. Representatives from the Brandon Chamber attended this year’s Manitoba Chamber AGM & Business Summit on May 13th, 2021 and, we were pleased to get support for approval of two renewed policies and two new policies.
- Flexible Funding for Post Secondary Institutions
- Support for First Nation Development Areas (FNUDAs)
- Tracking Students & Funding Post Secondary Institutions
- Creating a Manitoba Post-Secondary Transfer Credit System
Every year, the Brandon Chambers of Commerce participates in pre-budget consultations with the City of Brandon through stakeholder meetings and by participating in public consultations and attending budget deliberations.
The proposed 2022 City Budget is now available for public review online at https://brandon.ca/budget/2021-budget
Business Climate Survey 2021
In February 2021, we have launched our Business Climate Survey in partnership with MNP LLP.
As a business advocate we use survey data so that we can better understand the impact of the pandemic on local businesses and remind elected officials that removing obstacles to job creation and economic growth is paramount.
- 2021 Business Climate Survey Results (PDF)
- 2021 Business Climate Survey Presentation
Resolution Policy Development
As part of it’s ongoing advocacy efforts, the Brandon Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Directors approved three policy resolutions in March 2021, to call the government(s) to action on varying issues impacting business.
- (2021) Creating a Manitoba Post-Secondary Transfer Credit System
The Chamber supports the development of a more streamlined and efficient model of transfer credits which will create a more accessible postsecondary education system that benefits our learners, our employers, and our economy.
- (2021) Tracking Students & Funding Post-Sec Policy
The Chamber recommends development a provincial identifier system of tracking students form K-12 and throughout post secondary education.
- (2021) Meals-Entertainment Claim Policy
The Chamber recommends modifying business tax deduction legislation to encourage spending in restaurant and hospitality industry.
Amid COVID-19, the BCC has been unwavering in our commitment to Brandon businesses. Through countless calls and meetings we’ve advocated for real relief, in particular for businesses forcefully affected by public health COVID-19 prevention orders.
The Chamber of Commerce network has been vocal from a number of angles:
- Calling on the government to avoid blanket approaches to public health restrictions.
- Encouraging a risk-based approach and evidence based decision making to determine to business closures and openings.
- Asking for clear guidelines for, and transparent communication with, businesses so that they can openly safely.
- Leveraging the private sector in support of vaccinations
- Pushing hard for a ‘Support Local’ sensibility
- Encouraging continued financial supports for those industries impacted most.
Every year, the Brandon Chamber of Commerce submits a pre-budget commentary to the provincial government’s public consultation process. In our most recent meeting, with Minister Fielding, we shared our priorities to restart the economy and provide strategic investments through several recommendations including:
- Providing continued supports for those industries impacted most by COVID-19
- Focus on investments that will help retrain and reskill Manitobans affected by the pandemic.
- Reduce red tape to make it easier for businesses to navigate these difficult times
- Commit to providing support, resources, and development for the long term success of the Rural Manitoba Economic Development Corporation (RMEDC)
- Work with the business and education sectors on a strategy to establish a new framework to better identify the needs of business and the development of education programs to meet the growing demand for future employment.
For more information and to participate in the consultation process visit:
Red Tape Reduction
The Chamber believes that a well-designed and effective regulatory environment supports businesses, protects consumers and contributes to healthy communities. The Chamber supports policy that improves efficiencies and timeliness of permitting, provides clear and transparent guidelines that businesses can rely on, and removes roadblocks to risk-taking, innovation and investment.
Our Government Relations Committee has advocated and consulted with both the municipal and provincial governments on ways to reduce red tape with recommendations provided through our Red Tape Reduction Policy.
Brandon School Division Budget
Through stakeholder meetings and consultations, the Brandon Chamber provides feedback to the school division on their annual budget and to keep updated on the school division’s Continuous Improvement Plan. In the fall of 2020, we once again met with school division representatives to discuss priority issues including value for tax dollars, outcome based learning (supported by the Continuous Improvement Plan), and impacts of COVID-19.
For more information on the 2021-2022 Budget process visit:
Workforce Development, including business concerns around labour challenges and skill gaps, continues to be a priority focus for the Chamber.
Skills & Opportunities Summit
To garner a better understanding of the challenges around workforce development, our Workforce Alignment Committee hosted a Skills & Opportunities Roundtable Summit, in February of 2020, with over 70 participants representing a diverse group of community and business leaders. The resulting report identified 5 broad themes: the importance of soft skills, the shift in work/life balance, education and business working together, and the need for retention.
The Chamber also supports other Workforce Development initiatives including hosting the Future of Workforce Luncheon, participating in the Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot Project, helping to host the Aboriginal Job Fair and co-hosting the annual Westman HR Conference and developing policy to advocate for flexible funding for post secondary institutions so that they can address employer’s labour needs more effectively.
Provincial & Federal Elections 2019
In the fall of 2019, we faced both a provincial and federal election. The Chamber was active in representing business interests by hosting special candidate coffees, a debate meet and greet for members to hear from those running for election, interviews with candidates which aired on WCGtv, and supporting the Canadian Chamber Vote Prosperity Campaign.
Do you have advocacy concerns that are affecting your business?
If you would like to talk about issues affecting your business or have any questions on our advocacy work, contact our General Manager, Carolynn Cancade at email@example.com or 204-571-5342.