Local & Regional Government
Through taxation, bylaws, permitting and other forms of red tape, local and regional governments have a significant impact on B.C. businesses' ability to succeed.
Business is increasingly viewing the governance and funding structure of local governments as unsustainable and in need of substantial reform.
Businesses across B.C. are expressing a growing level of concern about the impact local governments have on a company's ability to grow.
While the range of concerns expressed by the business community are varied and often reflect local circumstances, there are a number of common themes. These are: the challenge around funding, the regulatory burden, infrastructure requirements, a lack of accountability, capacity and the increase in the range of issues within local government’s purview.
The BC Chamber's goal is to ensure local governments are constructive partners in developing vibrant and sustainable local economies.
The BC Chamber recommends that the provincial government:
increase the efficiency and accountability of local governments,
re-instate the business vote in B.C.,
study the best practices of urban and rural regional governance,
develop a sustainable funding model for local government, and
be more proactive in encouraging municipal amalgamation.