Natural Resources

With B.C.'s global competitive advantage strongly linked to resources, the province's economic future hinges on British Columbians' support for B.C.'s resource industries and projects.

The Issue: 

B.C. is, and will remain for the foreseeable future, a resource economy.

The ability to extract and export B.C.’s abundant natural resources will be a defining characteristic of communities’ economic prosperity.

B.C.’s ability to realize the economic rewards from our resource sector is challenged on a number of fronts, including regulatory and approval delays and opposition from First Nations and environmental groups.

Our Goal: 

The BC Chamber's goal is to build a culture where the public is informed about the importance of B.C.'s resource sector to the entire province's economic and community wellbeing.

Further to this, the Chamber's goal is to ensure that approval and regulatory processes are streamlined and expedited where possible.

We Recommend: 

We recommend that the provincial government:

  • support a sustainable framework for resource development;

  • support and recognise the one project, one review process;

  • work with First Nations to provide certainty and stability for private sector investment; and

  • take a more proactive role in educating the public about the importance of responsible resource development for all British Columbians.

Related News

February 08, 2018
Val Litwin, president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, Andrew Weaver, leader of the B.C Green Party, Kathryn Harrison, professor of political science at the University of British Columbia, Karen Collins, owner of Asti Trattoria Italiana, and Chris Fodor, who invested $150,000 to create B.C.
February 07, 2018
Two of the largest business groups in both provinces say it’s time for the federal government to step into the rumble. “This sits squarely on the shoulders of our prime minister,” said Val Litwin, president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce.