Mid-year report: read the Chamber’s notable position statements

Highlights from July to December 2017:

learn about the Chamber’s noteworthy positions


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Trade mission

Modern, efficient infrastructures

Infrastructures modernes et efficientes

Logistics hubs that reflect the metropolitan area’s ambitions

The Chamber fully supports the implementation of two logistics hubs and an economic development corridor along highway 30, as planned by the Government of Québec’s Bill 85

Seven recommendations:

1.  Create ambitious logistics hubs that meet industry needs and expectations.

2.  Deploy logistics strategies in conjunction with the Port of Montreal.

3.  Fully develop the project to exploit the potential of the highway 30 corridor and the two hubs.

4.  Take advantage of funds earmarked in the Government of Canada’s Transportation 2030 strategic plan to maximize the potential of the Québec-Ontario maritime corridor.

5.  Immediately evaluate the effects of economic activity on the South Shore highway network to plan solutions to ensure the fluid movement of trucks.

6.  Develop a strategy to ensure fluid travel and movement of goods to and from the Port of Montreal during major work planned for the Louis-Hippolyte-La Fontaine Bridge-Tunnel.

7.  Complete the extension of L’Assomption Blvd. and Souligny Ave. by 2019-2020.

Revitalize the Old Port working with the Ville de Montréal

Five ideas for revitalizing the Old Port of Montréal:

1.  Redevelop the Old Port in keeping with Ville de Montréal and Parks Canada plans

2.  Offer activities to diversify the clientele year-round

3.  Improve access to the Old Port

4.  Make Silo No. 5 a building we can be proud of

5.  Carry out a redevelopment that showcases Montréal’s creativity

Economic, fiscal and regulatory agility

Agilité économique, fiscale et réglementaire

Federal fiscal reform: reduce the risk for local SMEs

An open letter

4 key messages:


Facilitate the transfer of
family businesses


Maintain a clear,
predictable fiscal environment


Maintain a clear,
predictable fiscal environment


Take the time to assess
the impact of the reform

8 recommendations to reduce the risk for local SMEs

1.   Protect the investment capacity of SMEs

2.   Assess the impact of measures announced in the U.S. tax reform

3.   Gradually reduce the personal tax burden

4.   Clarify the scope of “reasonableness”

5.   Include seasonal sectors in official documents

6.   Support and simplify the conversion of regular revenue into capital gain

7.   Make sure reform measures are not retroactive

8.   Eliminate measures that impede the transfer of family businesses

Introduce a system of deferred prosecution agreements

Instaurer un régime d’accords de poursuite suspendue

3 orientations for integrating the system to our legal framework and ensuring the continuity of local businesses:

1.  Promote the voluntary disclosure of white collar crime

2.  Achieve balance: punish criminal acts while avoiding serious damage to the economy

3.  Draw inspiration from best practices to modernize the Canadian legal framework

Strengthen the Canadian economy to support growth

15 recommendations grouped into 5 priority actions to strengthen the Canadian economy and support growth

Pursue the infrastructure
investment strategy

Increase the competitiveness of
the Canadian tax system

Continue support for innovation

Continue efforts to help local
businesses internationalize

Establish a clear, robust plan
to balance the budget

An economic update that echoes the Chamber’s recommendations

1. Personal income tax cuts

2. Additional investment in education

3. Controlled public finances

Availability of skilled labour

Disponibilité d’une main-d’œuvre qualifiée

Publication of 2 special reports on labour issues

The professional integration of immigrants: a critical source of value

Internationalization of local businesses

Internationalisation de nos entreprises

Support for the city’s aerospace sector

1 open letter:

“Boeing versus Bombardier: a threat for the North American aerospace industry”
Innover pour attirer et 
retenir les talents créatifs

Bell International Leaders: Thomas Enders, CEO of Airbus, and Alain Bellemare, President and CEO of Bombardier

  • Close to 700 business people and 40 journalists gathered to hear the two leaders talk about the future of the C Series
  • Conference held only 3 days after the announcement of the strategic partnership between Bombardier and Airbus

NAFTA in the new era of the North American economy


10 recommendations to modernize and strengthen the North American partnership:

1.  Review the rules of origin and adapt regional content requirements to each sector of activity.

2.  Modernize procedures for the rules of origin.

3.  Ensure reciprocity of government procurement in NAFTA by integrating a permanent exemption to “Buy America” for Canada.

4.  Expand the scope of government procurement by including provinces, states, cities and government corporations.

5.  Increase intellectual property protections.

6.  Maintain protection for direct foreign investment and strengthen dispute resolution mechanisms.

7.  Maintain the cultural exception to protect the production and availability of local content.

8.  Reduce barriers to the circulation of electronic goods and services.

9.  Adopt an effective method for collecting sales tax on electronic transactions in Canada.

10.  Facilitate the mobility of business people and temporary workers within North America.

11.  Make the softwood lumber industry part of NAFTA.

SME Passport: a springboard to international markets for local businesses

SME Passport

Find out how 23 SMEs are being supported in their international efforts through the SME Passport in a special report featuring six articles

Passeport PME

Develop direct flights

1. The new Montréal-Tokyo flight confirms Montréal’s status as a major international hub

The first direct flight to Japan is a strategic connection for the city’s business community.

2. President and CEO of Air Canada, Calin Rovinescu, speaks before the Chamber

Announcement of the launch of two new direct flights to Bucharest and Lisbon.

Innovation and disruptive technology

Innovation et technologies de rupture

The growth of artificial intelligence requires access to talent

  • The Chamber and a group from the business community sent a letter to the rectors and directors of institutions of higher learning

The Chamber suggests avenues for adjusting to full technological employment and supporting promising new sectors

1.   Maintain competitive tax credits for innovation and expand eligibility criteria

2.   Develop a qualified succession by prioritizing skills in strong demand in high-value sectors

3.   Attract and retain talent from the rest of Canada and around the world

Gaétan Barrette addresses innovation at the Chamber

Fourth edition of InnoBahn Ubisoft presented as part of the 12th Metropolis World Congress

Défi lancé

Challenge issued by the Ville de Montréal:
propose a solution to coordinate actors and mobilize citizens in emergencies and major crises

Four participating start-ups

The winning start-up: Wemap

Over 250 spectators at the Palais des Congrès

Défi lancé

Other issues

Autres dossiers

Municipal elections: Coderre and Plante face off at the Chamber

Autres dossiers

Over 400 people attended the electoral debate between Denis Coderre and Valérie Plante organized by the Chamber and moderated by journalist François Cardinal.

Four topics were debated:

1- Living in Montréal

2- Governing Montréal

3- Succeeding in Montréal

4- Getting around Montréal

Three key priority areas for the new mayor Valérie Plante:

  • Maintain growth and confidence in the city
  • Create jobs and revitalize commercial arteries
  • Reduce traffic

The National Hockey League celebrates its 100th anniversary at the Chamber

Employers take action for sustainable mobility

Pilot project working with Mobilité Montréal


Improve the fluidity of personal travel
Reduce solo car use
Reduce demand for transportation at rush hour

mobilité durable

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