Principles  Values  Themes

Fundamental Principles of the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce:

  • Primacy of the person: Individual rights are fundamental, recognizing that every person is worthy of the common rights inherent in all by virtue of his or her humanity
  • Open markets and free enterprise: Serve as the economic expression of individual freedom, and as the most effective way to reconcile competing claims on resources and ensuring their most efficient use. The Chamber supports the free exchange of goods and services in open markets and the right to associate and make contracts to advance the exchange.
  • Equal rights: Equality before the law, and the rights to private property, free association, contract and free speech. The Chamber recognizes that economic freedom is the essential practical underpinning for the exercise of most other freedoms, and critical to business.
  • Use of public authority: Public functions exist to serve and enable, but not to direct or shape personal affairs. Laws and regulations should be enacted only when a genuine market failure can be demonstrated, and other reasonable remedies have been considered. These functions should be limited to those that can pass two tests: the service is impractical to produce privately, and, the service meets demonstrated public demand.
  • Scope of government: If a thing is not necessary to do by public means, it is incumbent on public authority to restrain itself so as to preserve the greatest possible scope for personal choice.
  • Taxes: The role of taxation is to pay for the cost of public goods and essential purposes of government. Taxes should be levied at the lowest possible rates on the broadest possible bases so as to minimize distortions of behavior.
Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Values:

  • Accountability: The interests of democracy and transparency necessitate that public affairs be conducted openly, with those in authority assuming responsibility for conduct.
  • Creativity: Individual growth and adding of value thrives in an environment focused on opportunity rather than outcome. Individuals should be allowed wide latitude to experiment and succeed or fail on merit and circumstances, in business and in other sectors, with minimal social cost.
  • Market choice: Markets permit individuals to make choices according to their own values, priorities and means, and as such, represent the widest expression of economic democracy. The Chamber prefers that the widest range of choices be made freely in markets, and the number of decisions made by majority imposition on a minority, be limited.
  • Private delivery of public goods: Recognizing the inherent overhead and limitations of public management, the Chamber endorses engagement of private sector providers in delivering public goods.
Key Strategic Themes 2015 - 2018:

  • Create a labour market information system for the private sector.
  • Focus on enhancement and usage of the immigration system and other tools to attract and retain more under-utilized workers.
  • Enhance student achievement and the expansion of youth entrepreneurship and financial literacy in the K-12 system.
  • Increase the range of and access to skill enhancement training and education opportunities with specific emphasis on areas of productivity enhancement.
  • Increase the inclusion of Aboriginal people in SCC programs, policies and activities.
  • Ensure the WCB system is productive and serves all workers and employers in a manner that makes the organization “best in class” across Canadian workers compensation systems.
  • Maintain positive pro-growth fiscal policy in government and encourage strategic infrastructure development by the public sector with private sector participation.
  • Monitor action of government and opposition and by all parties in the elections by ensuring they have informed positions and solid policy presented by SCC.
  • Strengthen the Chamber network in Saskatchewan.
  • Enhance Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce fiscal and organizational strength.