policy

 
The St. John’s Board of Trade has a great deal of expertise on its policy committees. Matched with a desire to provide governments with solutions that help fellow members, committee expertise often ends up as recommendations in the form of white papers and research.
White papers and research can be created for different reasons. Governments often look for written submissions when considering new programs or legislation. And sometimes the Board recognizes an issue or topic that is so important to its members that it proactively takes steps to voice the opinion of business and part of that ends up being a written document outlining members’ needs.
Sometimes these submissions to government are on immediate issues, such as pre-Budget submissions. Sometimes the ideas put forward by your Board are on longer term issues such as youth retention and attraction. In all of these submissions, the Board of Trade looks at being solution focused instead of problem focused. These papers also recognize the balance that governments have to strike between different interests and how that affects fiscal responsibility.

2014
Municipal


Provincial
2014 Provincial Pre-Budget Submission - Feb. 2014 

Other
2014-2016 Strategic Plan - Jan. 2014


Federal
2014 Federal Pre-Budget Consultation Submission - Jan. 15, 2014


2013

2014 Pre-Budget Submission to the City of St. John’s - October 30, 2013

Mid-Year Economic Outlook and Member Survey 2013 - July 2013

Submission to the WHSCC Statutory Review (April 2013)

Provincial Budget 2013: What it Means for Business (March 26, 2013)

Pre-Budget Submission to the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador (March 2013)

Economic Outlook and Member Survey 2013 (January 2013)

Lost economic opportunities? Submission to Federal Pre-Budget Consultation (January 25, 2013)


2012


Pre-Budget submission to Government of Canada (November 2012)

Submission to Citizenship and Immigration Canada (November 2012)

2013 Pre-Budget submission to the City of St. John’s (November 2012)

Submission to the Members’ Compensation Review Committee (September 24, 2012)

Members’ Mid-Year Economic Review September 2012

Submission to the Minimum Wage Review Committee September 2012

St. John's Board of Trade CIC Consultation August 2012

Federal Pre-Budget Submission 2012

Strategic Plan St. John’s Board of Trade 2011- 2013

Submission towards a Core Mandate Analysis, Government of Newfoundland & Labrador (July 31, 2012)

Recent Amendments to the Labour Relations Act (NL) - How they may affect your business
(Submitted by McInnes Cooper)

Submission to the Infrastructure Round Table (June, 2012)

Municipal Plan Review Submission to the City of St. John’s (June, 2012)

Speech to the City of St. John's on downtown parking (May, 2012)

Speech to Federal Standing Committee on Labour Market Issues (April, 2012)

Board Chair Steve Power talks about Canada-EU free trade (April, 2012)

Provincial Budget 2012 - What members of the Board of Trade need to know (April 24, 2012)

Federal Budget 2012 - What members of the St. John’s Board of Trade need to know (March 29, 2012)

PUB submission - Muskrat Falls development (February 2012)

2012 Economic Survey (February 2012)

Submission to Commissioner Chris Sharpe regarding development above 190-metre contour - February 2012

Economic Diversification discussion document to the Government of Newfoundland & Labrador - January 2012

Submission to Hebron Public Review Commission - November 2011






Provincial Election Issues - 2011

Provincial Election 2011: Statement from the Chair






Provincial Party Election Platforms
The Board of Trade is providing its members with the economic, fiscal and industrial sections of each party's election platform, verbatim, for information purposes only. As far as possible, the Board has endeavoured to be consistent in selecting which portions of each platform can be categorized as 'economic, fiscal and industrial' recognizing that each party has a unique way of presenting and categorizing its information. For that reason, the Board strongly encourages voters to read each party's platform in its entirety.
Parties are listed in alphabetical order.

Liberal Full Platform

NDP Economic, Fiscal and Industrial Sections

NDP Full Platform

PC Economic, Fiscal and Industrial Sections

PC Full Platform



Week 5: NL of the Future

Survey 5: NL of the Future

News Release: Time to decide - Oct. 3, 2011


 

Week 4: Why Diversification Matters






Survey 4: What the Panelists have to say: Why Diversification Matters

News Release: Why Diversification Matters - Sept. 26, 2011

Presentation: Why Diversification Matters

 


 

Week 3: Why demographics matter






Survey 3: What the Panelists have to say: Why Demographics Matter

News Release: Why Demographics Matter - Sept. 20, 2011

Presentation: Why Demographics Matter


Week 2: NL The National Player






Survey 2: What the Panelists have to say: Newfoundland and Labrador: A National Player

News Release: Newfoundland & Labrador: the national player - Sept. 12, 2011

Presentation: A National Player: Where We Fit

The choice is yours

 


 

Week 1: The Plan






Survey 1: The Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador

News Release: Planning for Success: Election 2011 – September 6, 2011

Presentation: Next Steps Forward – What we want the province to be

Survey: The Plan for Newfoundland and Labrador

Provincial Election Q&A
 


St. John's Board of Trade Membership Economic Survey -- August 2011
 


 

 Federal Election Issues - 2011

 
Excerpts from the party platform publications, election 2011
The Board has brought the following issues to the attention of local federal election candidates – national energy, fisheries, and fiscal and debt management. Now see what your next representative wants to deliver in Ottawa. [The Board has not edited any of these responses directly from parties other than to change the font and spacing to make it easier to read on-screen.]

Local Candidate Responses

 
Provincial Budget - Board calls for strategic elimination of payroll tax


Federal Budget 2011: What Small and Medium Businesses in the Board of Trade need to know

White paper - Membership feeling confident in economy - February 2011

Submission - East-West Power Grid Resolution - June 2010

Submission - Canada's Retirement Income System - April 2010

Financial literacy consultation (April 22-2010)

Provincial Budget 2010; What Small and Medium Businesses in the Board of Trade need to know

Why development matters: Density & Sprawl

Why development matters: Productivity & Knowledge

Why development matters: Transit & Parking

Provincial Budget 2010-11: Pre-Budget submission

Federal Budget 2010; What Small and Medium Businesses in the Board of Trade need to know 

2010 Economic Survey (Jan 28-10)

Memorandum to the Premier (Jan 6-10



Archived policy papers

 

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