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Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness

In 2012, in consultation with its members, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce launched the Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness. This ongoing initiative aims to direct attention to the key impediments that are preventing Canadian businesses from reaching their full potential and, in turn, Canada from improving its productivity and economic prosperity. Through this initiative, we are bringing these barriers to the forefront and are urging all levels of government to act more swiftly to improve our country’s ability to compete globally.

The need for action is urgent. The standard of living of every Canadian depends on how well we as a people respond to the challenge. We must identify and implement real, tangible solutions for breaking down the barriers to our competitiveness and for creating more opportunities and greater prosperity for Canadian businesses and families.


2016 Top 10 Barriers to Competitiveness


Barrier 1: Public policies block small companies from becoming bigger

Barrier 2: Canada is vulnerable to cyber crime

Barrier 3: Canada’s trade agenda—new agreements are just the start

Barrier 4: Canadian resources cannot get to world markets

Barrier 5: Poor literacy, numeracy and digital skills are limiting productivity in segments of Canada’s workforce

Barrier 6: Canada needs a more aggressive and effective innovation strategy

Barrier 7: Canada is not ready for climate change

Barrier 8: Internal barriers to trade cost Canadians billions and restrict investment

Barrier 9: Lack of clarity regarding businesses’ responsibilities to Aboriginal peoples constrains investment

Barrier 10: Canada’s brand does not support business competitiveness

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