Friday, February 17, 2017 - In this year of political and economic uncertainty, the
St. Thomas & District Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Canadian Chamber
of Commerce, has identified Ten Ways to Build a Canada That Wins, a list of key
opportunities Canada can seize right now to regain its competitiveness, improve
its productivity and grow its economy.
"Our list outlines specific recommendations on what Canada can do better, and the
opportunities to improve our economic success. Canada can't sit still while our
competitors run laps around us. We need every advantage, and the Canadian Chamber
will work with government to put these new measures in place," said the Hon. Perrin
Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. "If we take advantage
of these opportunities, we'll give our businesses new tools to ensure their growth
In this fiercely competitive world, business needs more than its own skills to win
- it also needs a supportive environment and public policies to encourage competitiveness.
This new version of an annual Canadian Chamber report moves away from identifying
self-inflicted wounds that have prevented Canada's economy from achieving its full
potential and, instead, describes the opportunities for us to do better.
"From fighting protectionism to upgrading Canada's regulatory system or building
a stronger Canadian brand abroad, each of these measures can have real and lasting
effects on our economy," says Chamber President & CEO Bob Hammersley. "We've emphasized
opportunities that touch Canada's internal economy, from reducing the cost of doing
business to dismantling internal barriers to trade. What we need now is a commitment
to get the job done."
Perrin Beatty went on to say "As we celebrate Canada's 150th anniversary, we can
look back at the essential role business played in shaping our country. But as we
look forward, it's clear we'll need every advantage to continue building a more
prosperous country. These ten opportunities can provide a foundation for the next
150 years of Canadian business success."
Our complete "Ten Ways to Build a Canada That Wins" document can be viewed and/or
downloaded on the St. Thomas & District Chamber's website. Look in the News section
on the lower left side of our main page at www.stthomaschamber.on.ca
We have also prepared a short four-minute video on the Ten Ways to Build a Canada
That Wins. You can view it at the website link above.