Advocacy - A Voice for Business

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What is Business Advocacy?

Local. Provincial. National.  The Chamber network is the most powerful voice for getting your message out, and creating change.

As the Chamber of Commerce, one key role we play is to advocate on behalf of business members in our community. The Chamber of Commerce works with business and government to develop and implement policies to provide a business environment that is conducive to business and sustainable community growth.

Advocacy Goals and Objectives:
- Work with and on behalf of our members to identify issues or barriers to growth
- Develop strategies through which to address and resolve the identified issues or barriers
- Work with provincial and national Chambers of Commerce, on behalf of our membership, to provide input and direction on policies which will positively impact our members and the business community.

Local Advocacy
Efforts

On May 8, 2017 the Chamber of Commerce presented policy recommendations to Town Council regarding the Town of Drumheller’s Purchasing Policy. Download the policy brief here. The Town of Drumheller implemented changes to the municipal purchasing policy on September 5, 2017 with Policy #C-02-17 being approved. On November 9, 2020, Policy #C-02-17 was repealed and replaced with amended Purchasing Policy #C-09-20.

In 2019 the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce and its Business Advocacy Committee submitted letters to the Town of Drumheller expressing concerns over derelict properties within community and requested corrective action be taken. View the January 29, 2019 letter and the December 20, 2019 letter for more info.

In 2020 we connected with local businesses regarding the proposed Fireworks Bylaw, and sent a letter with feedback to the Town of Drumheller. Through our advocacy efforts on behalf of local firework vendors, changes were made to the draft bylaw initially presented to the Town Council. On May 31, 2021 the Fireworks Bylaw was approved.

In 2020, the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce was invited to have a representative serve on the Downtown Area Revitalization Plan (DARP) Advisory Committee. The Committee was instrumental in providing feedback to the Town in drafting the DARP bylaw, which was approved by Council on July 26, 2021. An action item of the Downtown Area Revitalization Plan includes a multi-use Downtown Plaza, which would see the location of the current plaza relocated from Centre Street to 3rd Avenue. In April 2021, the Chamber of Commerce provided a letter to the Town regarding the plaza development which highlighted feedback heard from the business community downtown.

Provincial Advocacy
Efforts

On February 11, 2020 the Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce approved a policy resolution on electrical distribution and transmission, “A More Equitable Model of Electrical Distribution Pricing for Alberta.” This policy resolution was also co-sponsored by the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce and Cold Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce.
In September 2020, the policy resolution was presented to the Alberta Chambers of Commerce for consideration at their 2020 AGM & Policy Session. Unfortunately the policy resolution was not adopted by the members of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce for 2020, however our Chamber will continue to advocate for this policy resolution.

In November 2020 the Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce was approached by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce to co-sponsor an electricity policy resolution, along with the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce and Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce. On November 12, the DDCC approved the policy resolution “Strengthening Alberta’s Electricity Transmission Intertie Infrastructure”.

Business Advocacy Committee

Local. Provincial. National.  The Chamber network is the most powerful voice for getting your message out, and creating change.In 2014, the Business Advocacy Committee was established to play an advocacy role on behalf of business members in the community, and to work with business and government to develop and implement policies designed to ensure Drumheller and district provides an atmosphere that is conducive to business and sustainable community growth. The Committee meets on the second Tuesday of every month at 12:00 pm; meetings are currently held virtually. All Chamber members are welcome to attend. If you are not currently on the committee and wish to receive the meeting package, please email the Executive Director.

Business Advocacy Committee Terms of Reference

Business Advocacy Committee Handbook

Local Advocacy

On May 8, 2017 the Chamber of Commerce presented policy recommendations to Town Council regarding the Town of Drumheller’s Purchasing Policy. Download the policy brief here. In 2019 the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce and its Business Advocacy Committee submitted letters to the Town of Drumheller expressing concerns over derelict properties within community and requested corrective action be taken. View the January 29, 2019 letter and the December 20, 2019 letter for more info.

Provincial Advocacy

On February 11, 2020 the Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce approved a policy resolution on electrical distribution and transmission, “A More Equitable Model of Electrical Distribution Pricing for Alberta.” This policy resolution was also co-sponsored by the Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce and Cold Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. In September 2020, the policy resolution was presented to the Alberta Chambers of Commerce for consideration at their 2020 AGM & Policy Session. Unfortunately the policy resolution was not adopted by the members of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce for 2020, however our Chamber will continue to advocate for this policy resolution.In November 2020 the Drumheller & District Chamber of Commerce was approached by the Alberta Chambers of Commerce to co-sponsor an electricity policy resolution, along with the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce and Grande Prairie & District Chamber of Commerce. On November 12, the DDCC approved the policy resolution “Strengthening Alberta’s Electricity Transmission Intertie Infrastructure”.

The Alberta Chambers of Commerce, a federation of community Chambers, is the advocate for Alberta business. To see the Policies of the Alberta Chambers of Commerce click here.

Since 1925, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has connected businesses of all sizes, from all sectors and from all regions of the country to advocate for public policies that will foster a strong, competitive economic environment that benefits businesses, communities and families across Canada.
With a network of over 450 chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 businesses of all sizes in all sectors of the economy and in all regions, we are the largest business association in Canada, and the country’s most influential.
The primary and vital connection between business and the federal government, our views are sought after and respected by government, business leaders and the media thanks to our well-researched reports, analyses, position papers and policy resolutions that reflect a broad business perspective. To see more about the CCC's advocacy efforts on the federal level click here.