Small Business Accord promises gains for B.C. businesses

BC Chamber at Work, Wins for Business

The BC Chamber has achieved a key win for B.C.’s small businesses in the finalization of the BC Small Business Accord. The BC Chamber has been the driving force behind the accord, which was achieved in partnership with the B.C. government.

On March 19, Naomi Yamamoto, minister of state for small business, and John Winter, BC Chamber president and CEO, announced the finalized accord. Through the accord, the B.C. government commits to keeping the needs of small businesses top of mind when making policy decisions.

Through the BC Small Business Accord, the B.C. government commits to:

• consider the needs and impacts of small businesses in policy and program decisions to enhance business certainty, access to qualified labour, access to capital and technology adoption;

• foster a regulatory environment that small business can access, navigate and influence effectively and efficiently;

• design provincial government programs and resources affecting small business so that they are well developed, accessible, properly funded and effectively communicated;

• foster thoughtful collaboration among all levels of government, including First Nations;

• deploy educational and training programs that are future-focused and aligned to meet the changing needs of small business and the labour talent it develops; and

• create long-term growth opportunities for small business through government procurement.