Coalition for a Better Future marks one year of rallying Canadians around call for inclusive, sustainable growth
Now more than ever, the Coalition’s work is crucial to build broad consensus on the way forward
AUGUST 5, 2022
With Canadians facing mounting economic uncertainty, the Coalition for a Better Future is marking one year of rallying the country around the need for a long-term plan for inclusive, sustainable economic growth.
Since its inaugural Summit last October, the Coalition’s vision for Canada has started a national conversation and won broad support across the country, with a membership of 131organizations and counting. The Coalition has sustained steady momentum through the hard work of Co-chairs Hon. Anne McLellan and Hon. Lisa Raitt, the advisory council and staff.
“We need a long-term plan to address the effects of an aging population, inequality in the workplace, and climate change. Our work is more important than ever as Canadians face an increasingly uncertain economic future,” said McLellan.
Historically high levels of inflation, higher interest rates, affordability issues, labour shortages, housing shortages, supply chain disruptions, the war in Ukraine, a health care crisis, and climate change are among the many challenges confronting Canadians.
The Coalition’s Scorecard provides a comprehensive blueprint for Canada to reach its full economic potential, with 21 metrics based on figures from the OECD andStatistics Canada. There are three distinct areas for action — growing sustainably, living better and winning globally.
If the public, private and non-profit sectors make progress in these areas, it will lead to economic growth for the country.
“This isn’t about casting blame for a lack of progress. Nor is it about placing the responsibility on any one level of government. All Canadians — governments, businesses, civil society, and individual citizens — can and must roll up their sleeves and work together to achieve results,” said Raitt.
The Coalition is working to build consensus among business leaders, environmental organizations, Indigenous groups, and community and youth leaders who all believe now is the time to take decisive action on economic growth. This work will continue in earnest in the year ahead.
Work is already underway to measure Canada’s progress on the Scorecard metrics, with a reporting event planned for early 2023.
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Statement on Budget 2022
APRIL 7, 2022
The Coalition for a Better Future applauds the federal government for recognizing that economic growth is critical to the long-term prosperity of Canadians. Budget 2022 is a good first step, but what we need urgently is a comprehensive long-term plan for economic growth that is inclusive and sustainable.
The Coalition has developed a scorecard of 21 OECD metrics that if followed would ensure Canada has one of the most competitive economies in the world. The Coalition for a Better Future represents 131 organizations in the private and not-for-profit sectors ready to work with all governments to chart a course for a greater quality of life for Canadians.
Our members are ready to build a better country together.
Coalition co-chairs Lisa Raitt and Anne McLellan available for comment on budget day
APRIL 4, 2022
OTTAWA — The Honourable Lisa Raitt and The Honourable Anne McLellan, co-chairs of the Coalition for a Better Future, will be available for comment following the tabling of Budget 2022 in the House of Commons on Thursday, April 7.
The Coalition is a diverse and growing community of like-minded people and organizations in the private and not-for-profit sectors, speaking with a unified voice for a long-term plan for economic growth that is inclusive and sustainable.
Budget 2022 is an opportunity for the government to take important steps toward building a more prosperous, inclusive and sustainable future for all Canadians by embracing a much higher level of economic ambition for our country. The decisions made now will determine our country’s path for years to come.
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Director of Operations
Coalition for a Better Future