Trade

As an export-driven economy, B.C.'s prosperity hinges on its ability to trade openly in the global and Canadian markets.

The Issue: 

For a small, open-trading economy like B.C., prosperity will depend on our ability to export our goods and services across the country and to countries around the globe.

Governments at both the provincial and federal level have placed significant emphasis on developing new markets and removing barriers to trade within Canada.  Despite these efforts, progress remains slow and continues to face protectionist opposition that threatens economic growth.

Our Goal: 

The BC Chamber's goal is to see B.C. strengthen its ties with current trade partners while aggressively diversifying its export base around the globe.

Further to this, the Chamber's goal is to eliminate the barriers to trade within Canada.

We Recommend: 

Government at both the provincial and federal level must work together to:

  • develop a comprehensive export strategy that will foster stronger ties with the U.S. and leverage the global linkages of B.C.’s diverse population to facilitate trade with emerging economies, and

  • break down the remaining barriers to internal trade and mobility in Canada.

Related News

June 26, 2017
The BC Chamber of Commerce will host its inaugural #TradeTalks Forum at the Vancouver Convention Centre on June 29th from 8:30am to 4:30pm.
June 26, 2017
At the BC Chamber of Commerce’s first #TradeTalks forum, three young entrepreneurs will pitch their export plans. Still in their teens, these go-getters are already veterans of YELL, a crash course in proving business ideas

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