The MCC's By-laws require that any submitted resolutions must be:
- provincial or national in character,
- timely in importance,
- and general in application to both economic and public well-being.
The draft should be in the format of:
- Preamble (background),
- Resolution (what you want done) and
- Argument (why what you want should be done)
Resolutions are primarily submitted by local chambers, but may also be proposed by the Board or the Policy Committee. Submitted resolutions are discussed, possibly amended and then rejected or approved by local chambers during the Annual General Meeting.
Effective April 2014, each resolution has an effective lifespan of three years. Resolutions largely set the advocacy mandate for any given year. All resolutions are brought to the attention of appropriate government officials and other bodies to which the various recommendations are directed. The method of presentation may vary by resolution due to a number of factors, including timing; subsequent events and legislation which may affect the subject matter; or additional information that may become available.
Throughout the year, members are kept informed of the action taken on each of these positions by way of summaries and reports in the Chambers’ publications.