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| RCC: year in review
Retail Council ofinCanada: unwavering and unapologetic securing the rights
of Canadian retailers and assisting in improving their operations
presented a number of different challenges and opportunities for all retailers across Canada. To assist merchants in ensuring that the challenges were met head on, and that opportunities were recognized and capitalized on, Retail Council of Canada (RCC) was at the fore lobbying government at all levels on issues that affect retailers, developing innovative products that improve efficiencies, providing valuable resources that enhance retail operations, and working with industry partners to develop cost saving programs.
Shaping the public agenda at the federal level
Perhaps the most significant work that the Association did on behalf of its members was with respect to the impressive and positive influence that it wielded to convince the Federal Government to enact the Payment Card Network Act (PCNA). Amid efforts put forth by a number of different associations and organizations, many with differing points of view and agendas regarding this matter, RCC took the lead, fighting for merchants with an unwavering approach that puts retailers’ rights first. “RCC’s advocacy campaign on skyrocketing fees to process credit and debit cards has given me, as a small business owner, the tools I need to negotiate better terms and conditions from my processor,” says Paul Simmonds, President, Robert Simmonds Clothing Inc. “In addition, the work that the association has been responsible for on behalf of the entire industry has saved members millions of dollars – money that retailers can reinvest into their businesses, making us stronger.” After nearly two years of dedication to the fight, including assembling the ‘Stop Sticking It To Us’ campaign in 2008—a campaign that brought together 30 merchant associations representing more than 200,000 retailers from across the country, and put the regulation of the credit/debit card payments market on the public agenda - the introduction of the PCNA finally brought clarity, transparency, and choice to the Canadian payment card industry, the industry that processes credit and debit card transactions. This legislation came after RCC ensured
Diane J. Brisebois, President and CEO, Retail Council of Canada, alongside The Honourable Jim Flaherty, Minister of Finance, and Josée Verner, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, during the announcement of the debit and credit card Code of Conduct.
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