Annual Membership Surveys

Advocacy-Update

2019 Membership Survey

The results of the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce 2019 Membership Survey reveal that overall, Yellowknife businesses are performing well, but the high cost of living and doing business, the challenge of attracting and retaining skilled employees, and access to affordable business training are important challenges that impact local businesses and limit growth opportunities.

The annual Membership Survey presented another opportunity for the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce to engage with local businesses about a potential University in Yellowknife. The Yellowknife University Feasibility and Benefits Study was circulated, and survey respondents had an opportunity to provide their thoughts on the potential of a University in Yellowknife. 74.5% of survey respondents agreed that a University would be a positive addition to the City of Yellowknife, while 14.5% disagreed. The remaining 11% were not sure how they felt or did not provide feedback.

Survey respondents also had an opportunity to identify key issues for the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce to focus on during the upcoming territorial and federal elections. The information gathered will be used to inform the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce’s territorial and federal election platforms that will be released in the coming weeks.

View our press release here.

In The Media:

Cabin Radio. (2019). Two-thirds of Yellowknife businesses have 'chronic' vacancies. Retrieved from: https://cabinradio.ca

2018 Membership Survey

The results of the Yellowknife Chamber of Commerce 2018 Membership Survey reveal that Yellowknife businesses are performing well but believe that the high cost of living and doing business, the challenge of attracting and retaining skilled employees, and access to business training are among the most important issues facing their business.

When asked about the most important issues facing their business, survey respondents had the opportunity to select multiple answers as well as an opportunity to provide written comments. 66% of survey respondents agreed that the cost of living and the cost of doing business is an important issue, followed by attracting and retaining skilled employees (55%). When it comes to government regulations and red tape, 34% of survey respondents indicated that regulations and red tape at the territorial level is an important issue for their business, followed by concerns at the municipal level (17%) and federal level (9%).

View our press release here.