• Policy Submissions 2017

  • October 2017​

    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 H
    onourable Dominique LeBlanc; Honourable Lawrence MacAulay; Honourable Scott Brison; Honourable Seamus O’Regan; and Honourable Wayne Easter

    Read Letter


    September 2017 

    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.

    Ask your MP to Extend the Deadline


    September 2017

    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

    Letter to Premier Gallant

    Response from the Honourable Cathy Rogers


    August 2017

    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.


    July 2017

    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.      

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    July 2017

    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.   

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    June 2017

    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.

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    May 2017

    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. 

    Letter to NS Party Leaders

          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                                                    



    April 2017

    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.

    Letter to the Minister


    April 2017

    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.

    Letter to the Minister  

    February 2017

    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


    January 2017

    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.

    Submission to the Minister



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  • Business Truth & Reconciliation Business Truth & Reconciliation

    The Atlantic Chamber of Commerce is taking proactive steps to promote reconciliation and respect for Indigenous rights within the corporate sector. In response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Call to Action 92, the Chamber urges its members to embrace the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples as a guiding framework. This entails a commitment to meaningful consultation, fostering respectful relationships, and obtaining the free, prior, and informed consent of Indigenous peoples before embarking on economic projects. Moreover, the Chamber advocates for equitable access to employment, training, and educational opportunities for Indigenous communities, ensuring they reap sustainable benefits from economic development initiatives.


    Recognizing the importance of education, the Chamber encourages businesses to provide comprehensive training for management and staff on the history of Indigenous peoples, including the legacy of residential schools, Indigenous rights, and Aboriginal-Crown relations. Emphasizing intercultural competency, conflict resolution, and anti-racism, these efforts aim to foster a more inclusive and harmonious corporate environment rooted in mutual understanding and respect.

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