• Policy & Advocacy Priorities


    Results of ACC's 2021 Annual Policy Survey & Recommendations to Atlantic Canadian Governments

    Atlantic Chamber of Commerce’s (ACC) members, representing 94 chambers of commerce and boards of trade and more than 16,000 businesses, have identified four priority areas of focus for 2021 where business and government can work together to address the concerns created by the ongoing pandemic.

    Atlantic Canada continues to be impacted by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Recognizing the unique challenges in front of businesses, the Atlantic Chamber has produced the 2021 Policy Pillars for Recovery.

    Governments are aware of the challenges; however, they must work together with business to ensure that a positive environment is created for the private sector which encourages recovery and grow.


    2021 Policy Pillars For Recovery

    Review ACC's policy pillars and annual survey results.


    2021 Public Policy Overview & Policy Pillars for Recovery

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  • 2021 Policy Pillars for Recovery Overview


    Pillar I: Pandemic Recovery

    Pandemic recovery is the key to economic success as Atlantic Canada navigates through the hardship caused by COVID-19. When public health restrictions are implemented that limit economic activity and impact businesses and their employees, it is incumbent on Government to provide relief and support.

    Governments must work to streamline services, provide support, and create a positive environment for business success as we begin to recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


    Pillar II: Tax Reform

    There can be no disputing that taxation in Atlantic Canada has evolved to a point where the burden of compliance represents a huge drain on the resources of individuals and businesses. The tax system in Canada has not been reviewed since the 1960’s which implies a significant opportunity to streamline the system, reduce complexity, and improve fairness.

    Governments must commit to a formal, review of all forms of taxation, to simplify compliance, promote equity, and set globally competitive tax rates.


    Pillar III: Support for SMEs

    Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) have been significantly impacted by the pandemic. While Government has shown unprecedented speed in rolling out programs, compliance has often been onerous for businesses. Yet these Government programs will continue to play an important role in the sustainability and recovery of the private sector.

    Governments must focus on providing simple, efficient, and effective programs to support SMEs during the recovery stage of the pandemic. 


    Pillar IV: Improve Access to Qualified Workers

    Once our economy has recovered from the pandemic, the private sector must be in a position to sustain and grow. There are pre-pandemic issues with the ability to access qualified workers which must be addressed as we move forward.

    Government must focus on programs to increase experiential learning, accelerate immigration, recognize foreign credentials, simplify seasonal worker programs, enhance settlement services, and improve retention strategies.

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  • Previous Years' Policy Pillars