Policy Briefs & Submissions
Atlantic NS NB PE NL
Letters to Provincial Premiers Outlining ACC’s Four Policy Pillars for Prosperity
On July 13, 2018, the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce submitted letters to each of the Atlantic Province’s Premiers and key Ministers advising them of our intention as regional organization to promote the principles of our policy “Four Pillars for Prosperity” to governments, members, and the public.
Provincial, Regional and Territorial Chambers Unite to Support the Government’s Actions on Tariffs and Trade
In a letter sent to the Prime Minister, chamber of commerce representatives from across the country have stated that they stand with the Canadian government in its efforts to achieve a new North American Free Trade Agreement as well as to dismantle any trade barriers, despite the context of uncertainty created by the U.S. government’s actions.
ACC Request for Equitable Competitive Environment for All Nova Scotia BusinessesThe Nova Scotia members of the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce sent the Premier and Minister of Municipal Affairs a letter which expressed the chambers’ objection to the piecemeal and negative approach proposed by the provincial government in granting economic development powers to a single municipal entity.March 2018
Comprehensive Tax Review
The Canadian and Provincial Chambers delivered this letter to the Minister of Finance and Prime Minister today following the budget seeking a comprehensive tax review.
ACC Federal Budget Insights
The following information is to provide insight into the 2018 federal budget helping to increase awareness for future discussions with members and government officials.
ACC Budget Letter to PE Minister of Finance
The Atlantic Chamber sent a letter to Minister MacDonald offering recommendations on several aspects of the province’s fiscal plan as consultations concludes on the 2018-19 provincial budget.
ACC Policy Position: Minimum Wage Legislation
ACC policy position and a letter were sent to the Atlantic Premiers and Ministers (Labour) expressing the Atlantic Chambers concerns regarding the increase to minimum wage.
AAC Letter on Proposed Tax Reform
ACC sent a letter to members of the Cabinet and the Atlantic Liberal Caucus expressing the Atlantic Chambers concerns regarding the proposed tax reforms for CCPCs, including:
Bernadette Jordan, MP; the Honourable Dominique LeBlanc; Honourable Lawrence MacAulay; Honourable Scott Brison; Honourable Seamus O’Regan; and Honourable Wayne Easter
Send a Letter To Your MP: New Federal Government Taxation Policy Will Hurt Small Business in Atlantic Canada
We urge all Atlantic Canadian business owners to contact their local MP and voice their opposition to this ill-conceived, hastily proposed, and economically regressive piece of legislation that will negatively impact the ability to do business in Atlantic Canada for years to come. We need legislation that fosters and encourages business growth in Atlantic Canada and supports entrepreneurs.
Extend the Tax Deadline
The following letter was sent to Premier Gallant asking him to join the call of business in New Brunswick and Atlantic Canada to simply extend the tax consultation deadline and to engage in meaningful dialogue that will result in reasoned approach to achieving tax fairness
Petition to MP's
On July 18 the federal government initiated a 72-day consultation on proposed changes to the taxation of privately-held corporations. Owners of small- and medium-sized businesses should be gravely concerned by the proposed changes since rather than simply close “loopholes exploited by the wealthy,” these changes will materially affect the financial status of all small business owners in Atlantic Canada.
ACC co-sponsored Policy Resolution: Port & Major Airport Share Capitalization
The Ministry of Finance is currently investigating the “share capitalization” of Canada’s ports and major airports. This would change the current ownership structure so they are owned by private shareholders and no longer operate as not-for-profit commercial airports or quasi-commercial port authorities.
ACC Policy Position: The Canadian Health Act
The Canada Health Act is now more than 30 years old and the impact of changing demographics and funding relationships warrants fundamental change before it is too late.
ACC Policy Position: Recognize Airports as Essential Contributors to Local Economies
Ensure that any changes to the administration of NAS airports does not diminish the ability of local airports to control development and maximize their contribution to local economies.
ACC Letter to Nova Scotia Party Leaders
On May 1, the Atlantic Chamber of Commerce submitted a letter to NS party leaders asking for their position on government’s role in supporting economic growth to create an environment that allows businesses to compete and grow.
The Honourable Stephen McNeil, Leader Liberal Party of Nova Scotia Response
Jamie Baillie, Leader, Progressive Conservation Party of Nova Scotia Response
Gary Burrill, Leader, New Democratic Party of Nova Scotia Response
Thomas Trappenberg, Leader, Green Party of Nova Scotia
Jonathon Dean, Leader, Atlantica Party Response
ACC Letter to PE Minister of Finance - Budget Response
The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to the PE Minister of Finance congratulating him on tabling a balanced budget on April 7, 2017. The Atlantic Chamber has consistently urged governments to limit program spending to levels in line with revenue forecasts and ensure borrowing is limited to initiatives that demonstrate long-term positive impact on trade and economic growth.
ACC Letter to NL Minister of Finance - Budget Response
The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce sent a letter to the NL Minister of Finance conveying its support for the focus of the provincial budget tabled on April 6, and encouraged the government to incorporated key recommendations of Atlantic Chamber's pre-budget submission into the province’s plan to reverse the disastrous effects of excessive government spending and declining revenues.
ACC Letter to NB Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour, and Minister of Social Development - February holiday
On February 15 the NB government announced it would consider establishing a statutory holiday in February. The ACC polled its members and received mixed responses. Based on the input provided by our members, ACC submitted a letter encouraging the government to conduct meaningful consultation and analysis before imposing a new cost on business in New Brunswick
Letter to Minister
Response from the Minister of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
ACC Nova Scotia Pre- Budget Submission
The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce sent the Honourable Randy Delorey, Minister of Finance a pre-budget submission which outlined our recommendations for actions that we felt will lead to increase equity and prosperity for all Nova Scotians.