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Alberta Chambers Releases Budget Recommendations

Recommendations focus on strengthening fiscal competitiveness

The Alberta Chambers of Commerce released its recommendations for the 2020 provincial budget today. The recommendations—which were sent to Finance Minister Travis Toews—focus on strengthening Alberta's fiscal competitiveness through accountable government.

The Alberta Chambers network's recommendations for Alberta's 2020 budget follow.

  • Continue to freeze operational expenditure growth until the budget is balanced.
  • Negotiate government labour agreements due for renewal with a target of zero staffing increases and zero per cent salary increases. This target should remain in place until the currently depressed labour market has rebounded sufficiently to justify wage growth.
  • Ensure that Alberta’s small business corporate tax rate does not exceed the lowest tax rate in other Canadian provinces or territories.
  • The recommendations are supported by data recently collected through the Alberta Perspectives market research program, which show business confidence at both the municipal and provincial levels is suffering. More information is available here.

    The Alberta Chambers' full budget submission is available here.

    For comment, please contact: Ken Kobly
    President and CEO
    Alberta Chambers of Commerce
    (M) 780.975.1659
    (P) 780.425.4180 Ext.5


Alberta Business Confidence Continues to Decline

More than half of businesses report feeling negative about the long-term future of Alberta—a 20-point decline in overall confidence since July.


According to Alberta Chambers of Commerce market research, 33 per cent of businesses reported feeling negative about our province's future in July. By the end of 2019, that number had increased to a staggering 54 per cent, with two in ten businesses reporting feeling "very negative" about the long-term future of Alberta.

"These findings reinforce what we've long known to be true: Alberta job creators are struggling, and they need certainty and support as we navigate these challenging economic times," says Alberta Chambers of Commerce President and CEO Ken Kobly. "These numbers send a strong signal to government that any policies must do no harm to the business community. Otherwise, without new investment or job creation, our economic situation will get a whole lot worse before it gets better."

These findings are part of the Alberta Perspectives market research program—a multi-phase market research initiative conduced by the Strategic Counsel on behalf of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce. Survey one of the program garnered 714 business responses between May and June 2019, while survey two garnered 1,028 business responses between October and November 2019.

The final market research report is available here.

For comment, please contact: Ken Kobly
President and CEO
Alberta Chambers of Commerce
(M) 780.975.1659
(P) 780.425.4180 Ext.5


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