Budget 2024

Tax and spend fiscal plan will inhibit growth

Our History

In 1976, a small group of Canadian business leaders laid the foundations for an organization that would make significant contributions to the life of the country.

Our objective is to help strengthen the country’s economy, its social fabric, and its democratic institutions.”

– Founders’ statement

The Council‘s mandate included a broad range of policy issues, not merely economic ones. Members were expected to consider issues from a national perspective, rather than focusing on the interests of individual companies and sectors.

Today, the Council remains committed to these same aims and principles, as a source of insightful, constructive thought leadership in the national interest.

January 1, 2010

Recommended solutions to boost Canada’s economy and global competitiveness, enhance career opportunities for young Canadians, and improve gender equality and diversity in the workplace.

January 1, 2000

Called for a national action plan to address climate change, enhanced cooperation on North American security, and an ambitious global trade agenda.

January 1, 1990

Supported the creation of NAFTA, the introduction of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), and initiatives to recognize Indigenous self-government and Quebec’s unique place in Canada.

January 1, 1980

Advocated for Canada-U.S. free trade, fiscal responsibility and tax reform.

January 1, 1976

Founded as the Business Council on National Issues with the aim of strengthening Canada’s economy, social fabric, and democratic institutions.