SASKATOON, SK – March 18, 2020 – The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce would like to acknowledge the efforts put forward by the Province of Saskatchewan to ensure that the citizens of Saskatchewan are safe and can access adequate services.
This afternoon, as a result of the spread of the virus and the subsequent economic instability, the province postponed the release of the full 2020-21 provincial budget and instead released a provincial spending plan for all areas of the government including health, education, social services, public protection and capital spending.
In light of recent events, we believe that it is in the best interest for business and the citizens of Saskatchewan to band together and work to solve the local challenges relating to the current COVID-19 global pandemic. This is a situation that threatens to harm not only human lives but our economy as a whole.
“Although the Chamber still acknowledges there are areas that our membership has flagged as requiring attention for future growth, we believe that at this time the province must focus on the critical situation at hand,” said Darla Lindbjerg, CEO of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. “We will continue to work with the provincial administration and elected officials on the key policy priorities that our membership has pinpointed, once the crisis at hand is under control and the entirety of the budget is released.”
The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce recognizes the impact that this virus is having on our local business community. In a recent survey conducted by the Chamber 90% of respondents stated that they foresee a decrease in revenue impacting their business in the long run. The Chamber encourages the public to continue to support local businesses wherever possible.
“SMEs which make up over 90% of our membership, will be hit hard by COVID-19. I would like to remind our community that there are always ways to support local business through buying gift cards, keeping your memberships to gyms etc. and utilizing delivery services from your favourite businesses. We are stronger together,” said Lindbjerg.
For more information contact:
Director of Policy and Government Relations
Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce plays an instrumental role in the economic advancement of Saskatoon. By developing and maintaining strong relationships with community, government and various industries, we have contributed and influenced policies that affect all business, enabling us to become a strong institution that spearheads real, positive change for our entrepreneur and business members. We have also helped steer decisions on a variety of landmark additions to the City, including rail lines, the University of Saskatchewan, Prairieland Park, and the development of Saskatchewan’s natural resource industry. The Chamber empowers businesses. We believe that together, we can seek out opportunities, make our voices heard and affect change in Saskatoon, across the country and across the world.