The Surrey Board of Trade, with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce wanted to let you know that:
The Speech from the Throne recognized the role businesses play in Canada’s economic prosperity and the need to address many of the Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness identified by Boards of Trade and Chambers of Commerce across Canada.
International trade is a major engine for economic growth and we welcome the announcement that the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) will soon be concluded. This agreement with the world’s largest economy will bring more opportunities for exporters and lower prices for consumers, as well as encourage new investments in Canada. The Surrey Board of Trade hopes the momentum generated by signing this deal will help push Canada’s other major trade talks forward, including those with Japan, India, Korea and the Trans-Pacific Partnership countries. The Surrey Board of Trade will also be watching for the government to act on its commitment to introduce new measures to assist Canadian businesses expanding internationally.
Many Canadian businesses are hampered by the mismatch between their needs and the skilled employees available. Canadian businesses look forward to the government demonstrating the necessary flexibility in the Canada Job Grant to ensure it can meet the differing regional needs of the country and the abilities of smaller employers to participate. The Surrey Board of Trade will also look forward to the government’s actions to ensure underrepresented Canadians, including Aboriginal peoples, the disabled and young people, get the training and tools they need to participate more fully in the workplace. Many of our members are deeply perplexed by the changes already introduced to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program and the negative impact it is having on employers in smaller and remote communities. We will be watching any further changes very closely.