For Immediate release
Thursday, February 16, 2017
The Opportunities Canada Needs to Build the Next 150 Years of Business Success
In a year of political and economic uncertainty, the St. John’s Board of Trade in partnership with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, has identified Ten Ways to Build a Canada That Wins. This is a list of key opportunities Canada can seize right now to regain its competitiveness, improve its productivity and grow its economy.
“Our list outlines specific recommendations on what Canada can do better, and the opportunities to improve our economic success. Canada cannot sit still while our competitors run laps around us. We need every advantage, and the Canadian Chamber will work with government to put these new measures in place,” said the Hon. Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “If we take advantage of these opportunities, we’ll give our businesses new tools to ensure their growth and success.”
In this fiercely competitive world, business needs more than its own skills to win—it also needs a supportive environment and public policies to encourage competitiveness. This new version of an annual Canadian Chamber report moves away from identifying self-inflicted wounds that have prevented Canada’s economy from achieving its full potential and instead describes the opportunities for us to do better.
“From fighting protectionism to upgrading Canada’s regulatory system or building a stronger Canadian brand abroad, each of these measures can have real and lasting effects on our economy,” says Dorothy Keating, Chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade. “We’ve emphasized opportunities that touch Canada’s internal economy, from reducing the cost of doing business to dismantling internal barriers to trade. What we need now is a commitment to get the job done.”
“As we celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary, we can look back at the essential role business played in shaping our country. But as we look forward, it’s clear we’ll need every advantage to continue building a more prosperous country. These ten opportunities can provide a foundation for the next 150 years of Canadian business success,” said Mr. Beatty.
Click here to learn more about Ten Ways To Build A Canada That Wins.
Accredited nationally with distinction, the St. John’s Board of Trade is a non-partisan, business advocacy organization that is the principal voice of business in the St. John’s area. Its mission is to improve the local business climate, enhancing its members’ ability to do business through advocacy and member services, representing over 800 members. News and information are available at www.stjohnsbot.ca or follow us on Twitter @stjohnsbot
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is the vital connection between business and the federal government. It helps shape public policy and decision-making to the benefit of businesses, communities and families across Canada with a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions. News and information are available at Chamber.ca or follow us on Twitter @CdnChamberofCom
Communications & Advocacy Specialist
St. John’s Board of Trade