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Canadian Chamber of Commerce outlines approach to sharpen Canada’s competitive edge
Ottawa, February 8, 2012 - The Canadian Chamber of Commerce announced today that it has launched a 10-point national plan aimed at helping Canada regain its competitive edge in the global economy.
After extensive research and consultation with business leaders and member chambers of commerce across the country over the past year, the Canadian Chamber has singled out the top 10 barriers holding Canadian business back and diminishing Canada’s ability to compete.
“We believe it’s time to tackle the issues head-on by providing specific measures to solve them,” said Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. “We will catalogue the cause, impacts and possible solutions for each issue.”
The Canadian Chamber of Commerce will leverage the power and voice of its national network of more than 420 local, regional and provincial/territorial chambers to press for action from all levels of government, businesses and other stakeholders to help sharpen the country’s competitive edge. The members of the chamber network recognize that building a more productive, more competitive economy is a shared undertaking and are eager to be part of the solution.
Over the next several months, the Canadian Chamber will tackle each of the top 10 barriers, with a specific focus on the issue of skills in order to establish tangible, real solutions for Canadian business. “Everywhere I go, businesses of all sizes tell me that their number one concern is finding the right people to do the job”, Beatty added.
“With our cross-country reach and the depth of our collective experience, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and its partners are uniquely positioned to help address these challenges,” Beatty said.
Here are the top 10 barriers to Canadian business the Canadian Chamber will be focusing on over the coming year:
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 420 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 192,000 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.
Émilie S. Potvin
Director, Public Affairs & Media Relations
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