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Canadian Chamber Unveils Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness for 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Ottawa, February 5, 2015— Either we act urgently to improve our competitiveness or we will pay a high price in lost jobs and prosperity. Three years ago, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce launched its Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness. In collaboration with its network of chambers of commerce and boards of trade, the Canadian Chamber has been drawing attention to the barriers that are holding back Canada’s progress and has been urging all levels of government to act more swiftly to improve our country’s ability to compete globally.

Today, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce unveiled its Top 10 Barriers to Competitivenessfor 2015. Some of the issues are new while others have been on the list since the beginning.

“Since launching this initiative, we have made great progress in furthering our competiveness agenda on a number of issues. However, the barrier our members continue to identify as being the greatest impediment to the success of Canadian business is the skills gap,” said Canadian Chamber President and CEO Perrin Beatty. “There is a lot of work ahead. The federal government and several provincial and territorial governments have also named this issue as the country’s biggest challenge. We need to work together and make real progress in 2015. ”

Addressing the Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness will go a long way towards restoring Canada’s competitiveness. The Canadian Chamber is calling on its own membership, on governments, on educators, on labour organizations and others to tackle and overcome these barriers. Effectively addressing these 10 barriers will sharpen Canada’s competitive edge and allow us to prosper in the global economy.

“Tolerating these barriers, or self-inflicted wounds as we call them, is not an option,” concluded Beatty. “The challenge for 2015 is to build on this progress and start closing the gap between Canadian businesses and our international competitors.”

Consult the Canadian Chamber’s Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness document.

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Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Émilie S. Potvin
Vice President, Public Affairs and Stakeholder Relations
Office: 613.238.4000 (231)
Cell.: 613.797.1860 

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