The Canadian Chamber of Commerce calls for the next Federal budget to work with business to spur economic growth, creating jobs and a better life for all Canadians.

Early in the second quarter of 2024, Canada’s economic climate remains bleak. Last year, our GDP grew by only 1.1%, and the Bank of Canada predicted this week that it will grow by only 1.5 per cent in 2024. In addition, Canada’s productivity fell in 11 out of the past 12 quarters, undermining our global competitiveness and leaving Canadians collectively poorer. But the government cannot tax and spend us back to prosperity. Instead, it must unlock the ability of Canadian businesses to innovate, invest and grow.

“Canada’s competitiveness is slipping, and productivity continues to decline. This weak performance leaves Canadians poorer, with fewer opportunities to achieve their personal goals, and it forces them to pay more just to stay where they are. Without much greater growth, we won’t be able to maintain our standard of living or provide the services Canadians require,” says Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber. “What we don’t need is new taxes, more rules and regulations, or more anti-business rhetoric. If the government keeps telling investors that they aren’t welcome here, they will go where they are wanted.”

The latest Canadian Survey on Business Conditions shows that where households most feel the pinch, consumer spending falls, weakening businesses in those regions, limiting job creation, and reducing the tax revenues that fund our social services.

“If the government is serious about affordability, it must let the private sector do its part. We can’t replace private sector innovation and investment with government spending and red tape,” says Beatty. “The government must treat business as a partner, not a problem. We need to prove we can, quite literally, deliver the goods the world wants and needs.”

About the Canadian Chamber of Commerce — The Future of Business Success

The Canadian Chamber of Commerce is Canada’s largest and most activated business network — representing over 400 chambers of commerce and boards of trade and more than 200,000 business of all sizes, from all sectors of the economy and from every part of the country — working to create the conditions for our collective success. From engaging with government on economy-friendly policy to providing services that inform commerce and enable trade, we give each of our members more of what they need to succeed: insight into markets, competitors and trends, influence over the decisions and policies that drive business success, and impact on business and economic performance.