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.
Founded as the Business Council on National Issues with the aim of strengthening Canada’s economy, social fabric, and democratic institutions.
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.
Called for a national action plan to address climate change, enhanced cooperation on North American security, and an ambitious global trade agenda.