The Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes the opportunity to play an important role in population growth in response to the new action plan presented by the province. The plan highlighted initiatives to support PEI’s recruitment, retention and repatriation efforts.
“As we see the realities of the demographic shift in our province, our members have indicated that youth and immigrant retention is a top priority,” said Rory Francis, President of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce. “Government has presented an ambitious plan and we look forward to serving as the voice of business as the details unfold.”
The Chamber sees an opportunity to contribute to the province’s population growth by supporting initiatives associated with economic development. In the past, the Chamber has advocated to government that a population strategy must be accompanied by an employment strategy. While this new plan touches on some elements related to employment, there remains an opportunity to further develop this area of focus.
“While this strategy serves as an important first step, proﬁtable investment and meaningful employment opportunities must exist for people to stay in and return to PEI,” said Francis. “We see the Chamber’s role as one that supports strategies related to economic development through continued advocacy efforts, facilitating connections and celebrating local business success. We also play an important part as a catalyst for entrepreneurship through the Island Advance and PEI Connectors programs.”
The plan also acknowledged government’s commitment to working with Islanders to ensure that our environment for doing business is as welcoming and attractive as possible. The Chamber will continue to advocate that this be the case.
The Chamber serves as the voice of business on behalf of its 975 members, representing more than 18,000 employees in small, medium and large enterprises in the capital region.
For further information contact:
Penny Walsh McGuire
Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce
Phone: 902-628-2000 (ext. 227)
The Island Advance initiative is delivered through the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce and is designed to act as a catalyst for entrepreneurship across Prince Edward Island.
Island Advance works with stakeholders across the province to bring people and organizations together, to celebrate, support and encourage entrepreneurship.
Activities are specifically focused on improving access to private-sector capital for start-up and early stage companies; integrating entrepreneurial newcomers into the Island business community; and inspiring Islanders at any point in their career to consider entrepreneurship as a viable option.
PEI Connectors is a program of the Greater Charlottetown Area Chamber of Commerce and is in place to serve immigrant entrepreneurs and investors across Prince Edward Island. The program offers a variety of advisory, networking and research-based services to newcomer entrepreneurs and investors.