COVID-19 Response and Supports
Through the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chamber was there for our members by offering daily COVID-19 business updates and urging governments to provide timely and necessary support for our businesses. Our business community has shown significant resiliency in navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic and all of its impacts. As your Chamber, we will continue to be here for you as we move towards brighter days.
A Competitive Business Environment
Prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, PEI was seeing historical economic growth. This resulted in increased entrepreneurial start-ups, business expansions, strong employment numbers, and wage growth. The Chamber has long advocated for a competitive business environment to ensure PEI continues to be an attractive destination for business investment.
For example, over the past four years, the GCACC has advocated for a reduction in the provincial small business tax, bringing the current tax rate to 1% (2022) from the previous 4.5% (2017).
Develop A Growing, Diverse and Skilled Workforce
While the province has led the country in population growth, Prince Edward Island’s aging workforce is one of the greatest threats to sustained economic growth. There is also a growing concern for shortage of skilled labourers across a number of our primary and emerging sectors. The GCACC advocates at the provincial and federal level for immigration programs and services, immigration policy, K-12 education, and skills development supports.
We lead the PEI Connectors program, a government, and private-sector, supported initiative aimed at assisting entrepreneurial newcomers in getting their businesses launched. The program also connects new Islanders and new post-secondary graduates with local business leaders to help build their professional career network.
The Chamber monitors and responds to other emerging issues to support our members, below are few of our most recent submissions on such topics. If there are other emerging issues that are affecting your business, contact Sam at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Basic Income Guarantee
- Opinion Editorial the Guardian, February 19, 2021
- Letter to MLA Trish Altass, Chair of Special Committee on Poverty in PEI, in response to the committee’s recommendations on implementing Basic Income Guarantee – February 11, 2021