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  1. Labour Realities Small business’ views for a transformed Alberta Janine Halbesma, Senior Policy Analyst Alberta Congress Board Workplace Conference October 26, 2007

  2. About CFIB • Non-partisan, not-for-profit political action organization • 105,000 members – 9,200 in Alberta • Represent all sectors, all regions • Federal, provincial and municipal business issues

  3. What makes CFIB unique? Field Force - District Managers • Meet with members and prospective members in-person every day Survey Research Based • 1 member = 1 vote

  4. About small business Source: Statistics Canada Business Register, June 2005, Alberta data

  5. About small business Albertans level of respect for institutions (scale of 0 to 10, where 10 is the greatest) Source: CFIB Small Business, Big Value, October 2007, Alberta data

  6. Current labour realities High priority issues for small business in Alberta Source: CFIB Our Members’ Opinions, June 2007, Alberta data

  7. Current labour realities Will it get harder or easier to find employees in the future? Source: CFIB Point of View on Labour Shortages and Immigration Survey, July 2006, Alberta data

  8. Future policy considerations Awareness of regional competition Source: CFIB Business Barometer, September 2007, Westerndata

  9. Future policy considerations Effective and sustainable regulatory reform Source: CFIB Rated R: Prosperity Restricted by Red Tape, December 2006, Alberta data

  10. Future policy considerations Breaking down trade barriers Provincial • B.C. / Alberta Trade, Investment and Labour Mobility Act Municipal • Intermunicipal business licences

  11. Future policy considerations Get provincial spending under control Source: AltaPop, Statistics Canada, Government of Alberta.

  12. Future policy considerations Reforms to address the immigration mismatch Source: Citizenship and Immigration Canada, 2005 and CFIB Shortage of Qualified Labour, July 2006, National data

  13. Future policy considerations Motivations for change on environmental issues Source: CFIB Achieving Eco-Prosperity, October 2007, Alberta data