Vote Prosperity is the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce’s strategy to promote economic growth and resilience in the province of Manitoba. Its policy recommendations inform a forward-looking campaign to promote long-term prosperity in our province. It is non-partisan and not candidate specific.
At the Manitoba Chambers of Commerce we believe that in order for our province to achieve the level of prosperity needed to lift Manitoba’s economy to a level that is genuinely competitive with other Canadian jurisdictions, the next provincial government must enhance its focus on economic growth and competitiveness. As we recover from a global pandemic and navigate both high inflation and unprecedented talent shortages, the economy must be the driving force behind government decision-making.
Vote Prosperity presents our provincial election priorities that best position our province to continued sustainable economic growth and increased prosperity for the business community and all Manitobans. Manitoba Chambers of Commerce’s 2023 provincial election priorities are broken into four pillars:
PILLAR 1: Strengthen Economic Competitiveness and Business Confidence
PILLAR 2: Attract and Retain Talent
PILLAR 3: Facilitate Global Trade and Reduce Barriers
PILLAR 4: Build Strong, Resilient and Healthy Communities
Vote Prosperity Platform PDF
Pillar 1 | Strengthen Economic Competitiveness and Business Confidence
Inflation has increased sharply across the world over the past year. When inflation is high, consumers, businesses and investors are uncertain about what their costs will be from one day to the next.
Pillar 2 | Attract and Retain Talent
Canada is facing critical labour market shortages and it is causing uncertainty for Canadian businesses and workers. For Manitoba businesses, employee recruitment and retention are the single greatest challenges.
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High inflation is often unstable and unpredictable, and that keeps the economy from performing at its best. Manitobans have felt the impact of high inflation this past year, including having to pay higher prices for groceries, fuel, and housing. Inflation is especially challenging for people on fixed incomes – and it’s bad for business.
It has never been more important than in today’s globally competitive business environment that our provincial government creates a climate that attracts new businesses, that is conducive to new investment, and that enables existing businesses to grow and thrive.
Enhance Tax Competitiveness
Focus on Sectors with Greatest Strategic Opportunity
Ensure Equitable Access to Capital
Improve Business Confidence
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Whether it’s access to skilled labour, credential recognition, or identifying the in-demand jobs of the future, workforce remains the number one worry for business leaders. In 2023, with a highly mobile workforce and labour shortages across the country, a competitive economic landscape is intrinsically linked to our ability to both retain and compete for talent.
Better Align Post-Secondary Education with Industry Needs
Retain Youth Talent
Leverage the Opportunity in Manitoba’s Indigenous Population
Attract Talent Through Immigration and Improve Retention by Reducing Barriers
Pillar 3 | Facilitate Global Trade and Reduce Barriers
One of the greatest advantages that Manitoba possesses is the diversity of our economy. At a time when global events and a transition to a lower carbon economy are causing both challenges and opportunities, the reality is that Manitoba has what the rest of the world needs.
Pillar 4 | Build Strong, Resilient and Healthy Communities
Diverse, affordable, and growing communities across the province are one of our Manitoba advantages and compliments a robust provincial economy built on strong, resilient, and healthy communities.
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Facilitate Global Trade Opportunities
Remove Regulatory Burden
Invest in Trade Enabling Infrastructure
Focus on Economic Reconciliation
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We can achieve this by prioritizing the healthcare and financial challenges that local communities face. In addition, it will be critical for the provincial government to work with municipalities to provide fair and predictable funding so that local governments have the tools they need to attract young people and retain existing residents.