What We’re Fighting For
We need a plan to grow our population, attract more immigrants and maintain a labour force that meets the needs of our economy. – Two resolutions from the CCGM have been included in the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Policy Book: 1st resolution aims at reinstating Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) services in our region. 2nd resolution seeks to expedite foreign credential recognition for new immigrants across Canada.
– The CCGM and 3+ Corporation presented the Workforce 20/20 Summit on Nov. 12-13 in Moncton.
– The Chamber has been listed as the lead of supporting stakeholder in 16 action items in both the Greater Moncton Immigration Strategy and the Southeast Regional Workforce Strategy.
– The CCGM is taking part in the implementation of the immigration strategy.
– The Chamber is working with all stakeholders for the implementation of the Regional Workforce Strategy.
– The government has advised that they do not expect that a vaccine will be available for 8-10 months or more, meaning life will not return to normal for some time. Physical distancing, health screenings, physical barriers (plexiglass), hand-washing, surface cleaning, masks and face coverings will be the new normal.
– Members of the Chamber identified payroll and rent as the two main issues facing the pandemic of COVID-19.
– Entrepreneurs also needed guidance information regarding reopening the economy (Operational Plan, signage, Pre-Screening Tool, Physical Distancing, Cleaning and Disinfection Procedures, Facilitating Personal Hygiene Etiquette, Personal Protection Equipment)
– The Chamber is participating in the Southeast Economic Recovery Task Force initiatives.
– Hosted the regional COVID-19 information website.
– Surveyed members on the effects of COVID-19.
– Participated on a survey with larger businesses of the region on the occupancy of offices in Downtown Moncton with 3+ Corporation and other stakeholders.
– The Chamber participated in a biweekly NB Organizational Check-In with business development organizations of the province and the development of the Turning Points podcast series.
– Work with all stakeholders in economic development in the province to put in place a balanced recovery plan from COVID-19 providing assistance to small and medium businesses, help our larger employers to maintain their employment levels, introduce programs to rejuvenate the retail and hospitality sector, and support for our airports in New Brunswick.
– Ask all levels of government to stay focused on economic measures to help the business community facing the COVID-19 pandemic.
– Homelessness & Security need to be addressed in our three communities, because media coverage could have negative impacts on business confidence and private investment in the region.
– John Wishart met with the city of Moncton and multiple stakeholders on homelessness in late August. A follow-up meeting with newly-elected MLAs was held in early October.
– The CCGM issued a press release exhorting all political parties to make homelessness and security a key issue of the provincial election.
– From the $300 million from the Federal Government, the province is going to fund only 151 affordable housing units over the next three years. Our community needs to press the government to do more, more quickly.
– The CCGM is trying to link the business community and the homelessness stakeholders to find solutions for our region.
– Atlantic red-tape reduction initiative needs to show real bottom-line results. Government has to be cognizant of impact of taxes on business growth.
– We support the new Business Navigator Program.
– Pressed government at every opportunity on overall tax burden and how it is a disincentive to business growth.
– With the introduction of the Business Navigator program last fall, now the government has to introduce ways to actually reduce the amount of red tape.
Our airport needs equal access to federal infrastructure funding to compete.
– A letter was sent to MPs of our region to press the federal government to put in place more measures to help the GMIA.
– CCGM commented the reduction of services by WestJest.
– PAL Airlines announced new connections between Moncton and St. John’s 5 times per week.
– Stay connected to WestJest when they will reintroduce connections in our region.
– Push all levels of government to help airports of the province to have access to funding.
– Pending the purchase of Air Transat by Air Canada, the Chamber needs to protect the number of winter Transat flights heading to the Caribbean.
Your Voice Counts
The Chambers’ strength relies in its collective voice.
The Chamber of Commerce surveys its members when there are topics that are of concern to the local business community. We also invite you to speak out on issues that you are concerned about or want to bring to our attention. Do you have a concern to share with us? Please let us know by communicating with us!