BC Chamber in the News

As the Voice of Business in B.C., the BC Chamber regularly takes public stances on issues of importance to our membership and, more broadly, to B.C.'s business community. View our participation in recent media stories below. Please note that, due to paywalls at various publications, you may not be able to access some articles directly via the links.

December 05, 2017
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
In B.C., we maintain a nimble balancing act. Our province is home to breathtaking natural wonders that make this one of the most beautiful places in the world.
October 20, 2017
B.C. Chamber says the federal government has listened to the concerns of B.C. businesses. Read more.
October 16, 2017
Public Finance & Taxation
The federal government has announced a cut to small business tax rates, lowering the small business tax rate to 10 per cent in January and to nine per cent in 2019.
October 11, 2017
Public Finance & Taxation
The federal government insists that employee discounts will not be taxed despite an updated Canada Revenue Agency document that suggested they will be.
October 02, 2017
Public Finance & Taxation
Val Litwin, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce talks about how proposed federal tax reforms will do nothing but harm the people of B.C. and Canada.
July 27, 2017
Public Finance & Taxation
Our hope is that the new government will show leadership by permanently granting the small business tax benefit to credit unions, as well as work with the business community to reverse the change made by the federal government in 2013.
July 25, 2017
Natural Resources
“The decision to not proceed with the Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal is a loss for B.C., but there is still a window of opportunity to build a world-leading LNG industry,” said Val Litwin, President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce.
July 19, 2017
Local & Regional Government
With a new government taking power in Victoria, Dan Baxter from the B.C. Chamber of Commerce outlines this year’s most pressing concerns for West Coast businesses. 
June 26, 2017
Trade
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
June 26, 2017
Trade
Trade has been a cornerstone of our provincial economy for more than a century, thanks to abundant natural resources, an entrepreneurial population and prime location.
June 06, 2017
Local & Regional Government
“I think the prevailing feeling within our network now is certainly one of uncertainty,” said BC Chamber of Commerce president Val Litwin.
May 31, 2017
Local & Regional Government, Natural Resources
Dan Baxter from the BC Chamber of Commerce discusses the policy results of the chamber’s recent AGM. 
May 30, 2017
Local & Regional Government, Natural Resources
BC Chamber of Commerce president Val Litwin said part of his job going forward will be reminding the NDP-Green alliance of the Interior's perspective.
May 30, 2017
Scroll to 01:16:44 for an interview with BC Chamber CEO Val Litwin for a provincial business perspective on the NDP/Green alliance announcement.
May 30, 2017
Val Litwin, president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, welcomes the spotlight on technology. “The puck is moving in the direction of technology as we continue to diversify our economy,” he said. “Our caution would be whether this presents more red tape for business.”
May 30, 2017
Local & Regional Government
President and CEO Val Litwin speaks with host Mark Brennae of The Drive.
May 18, 2017
Electricity
B.C. is home to a growing clean-technology industry — something we are being recognized for on a global scale.
May 18, 2017
Natural Resources
For decades, natural gas has been a widely available solution for manufacturing, commercial, transportation and retail businesses.
May 02, 2017
Public Finance & Taxation
CEO Val Litwin joins Bill Vander Zalm, Former B.C. Premier, on the Jon McComb Show to discuss encouraging a dialogue towards a made-in-BC value added tax.
May 01, 2017
After the election process took place, everyone welcomed guest speaker, Val Litwin, BC Chamber President and CEO.
April 18, 2017
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Natural Resources, Productivity
BC Chamber CEO Val Litwin gives the Chamber's perspective on B.C.'s economy.
April 11, 2017
Local & Regional Government
CEO Val Litwin joins a panel on CBC's On the Coast with Stephen Quinn to discuss what each party's election platform means for middle-class voters. (Scroll to 01:40:00 for interview start)
April 11, 2017
Local & Regional Government
Our CEO Val Litwin breaks down our BC Election outlook on The Drive with Mark Brennae.
April 11, 2017
Natural Resources
The BC Chamber takes a balanced approach to the issue of old-growth protection which recognizes that forestry is a foundation of the economy.
April 06, 2017
Healthy Communities
The Fernie Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting is April 20, and this year’s special guest is Val Litwin, President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce.
April 03, 2017
Public Finance & Taxation
“Many of the investments highlighted in this budget were a reallocation, repurposing or consolidation of funds,” said BC Chamber of Commerce president Val Litwin, “and there is very little in new spending, which is a consequence of the federal government running a $28 billion deficit.”
March 22, 2017
Trade
Dan Baxter, director of policy development, government and stakeholder relations for the BC Chamber discusses international trade to Asia.
March 20, 2017
Electricity
“The BC Chamber of Commerce worked alongside local chambers in the northeast region to facilitate workshops that connected BC Hydro with local businesses and expertise, and today we see how this effort has materialized into well-paying jobs for British Columbians,” said BC Chamber CEO Val Litwin.
March 17, 2017
Skilled Workforce
"The way we can best serve the community is not to offer just great service but epic world-class service training," says Val Litwin, the former chief executive officer of the Whistler chamber who now leads the British Columbia Chamber of Commerce. 
March 15, 2017
Skilled Workforce
BC Chamber of Commerce CEO Val Litwin and CCPA economist Iglika Ivanova discuss B.C.'s minimum wage rate on CBC's BC Almanac.
March 08, 2017
Transportation & Infrastructure
The Vancouver Taxi Association may not like but the provincial government’s decision to allow ride-hailing by the holidays is a move being applauded by the BC Chamber of Commerce.
March 07, 2017
Electricity, Healthy Communities
A couple of weeks ago, BC Hydro announced a new idea that caught our attention at the BC Chamber of Commerce. It’s an idea that will create jobs and power businesses in downtown Vancouver.
March 07, 2017
Transportation & Infrastructure
Our Director of Policy Development Dan Baxter gives the BC Chamber perspective on today's announcement to modernize and prepare taxi industry for ride sharing
March 02, 2017
Healthy Communities
Access to labour and transportation emerged as issues impacting local business at a meeting in Castlegar of regional chambers of commerce.
February 26, 2017
Productivity
Fernie Chamber of Commerce executive director Patty Vadnais said this is good news for Fernie. “[BC Chamber of Commerce] does a great job of marketing the province to the world,” she said. “And that makes our job easier.”
February 21, 2017
Public Finance & Taxation
Val Litwin, president of the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, said the targeted tax relief puts money back into the pockets of all businesses, which may result in increased hiring and investment in the province.
February 21, 2017
Local & Regional Government
Chambers of Commerce across the province are congratulating Christy Clark and the Liberal government for tabling a fifth consecutive balanced budget. 
February 19, 2017
Productivity
Nearly 90 per cent of the respondents to a recent B.C. Chamber of Commerce member survey say the province’s visitor economy will become even more important over the next decade.
February 14, 2017
Transportation & Infrastructure
BC Chamber CEO Val Litwin weighs in on high-speed rail connectting Vancouver to Portland.
February 06, 2017
Transportation & Infrastructure, Healthy Communities
Plain and simple, it’s time for ride-sharing in B.C.
January 11, 2017
Natural Resources
Our Policy Director Dan Baxter applauds B.C. on its support and approval for the Trans Mountain Expansion.
December 23, 2016
Natural Resources
The federal government has made a difficult decision that we know to be in the best interest of Canadians. The approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Pipeline expansion is a win for everyone who believes that balanced, evidence-based decision making is crucial to our country’s success.
December 16, 2016
Natural Resources
The approval of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline is a win for everyone who believes that balanced, evidence-based decision making is crucial to our country's success.
December 02, 2016
Natural Resources
CTV reporter Bhinder Sajan takes a closer look at the economic gain B.C. will see from the Trans Mountain Expansion Project. Story starts at 5:10.
December 02, 2016
Natural Resources
Policy Director Dan Baxter gives reaction to Northern Gateway and Trans Mountain Expansion decisions and answers listener calls.
November 26, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation
“It’s validating to have this independent panel acknowledge our calls to reject the complicated and archaic PST,” said BC Chamber CEO Val Litwin. “If the government were to implement only one change to our system of taxation, it would be to ditch the PST in favour of a made-in-B.C.
November 23, 2016
Trade
Donald Trump says he'll pull the U.S. out of the Trans Pacific Partnership in his first day in office. Dan Baxter with the B.C. Chamber of Commerce and Irene Lanzinger with the B.C. Federation of Labour discuss what that will mean for B.C.
November 23, 2016
Productivity
The B.C. Chamber of Commerce survey showed 92 per cent of respondents believe their businesses are in good or acceptable shape. And four out of five expect to grow their businesses over the next five years.
November 23, 2016
Trade
Dan Baxter, the policy director for the B.C. Chamber of Commerce, said the loss of the TPP would be an economic blow for the province.
November 15, 2016
Trade
Our Policy Director Dan Baxter breaks down how a Trump presidency could impact B.C.
November 05, 2016
Healthy Communities
The B.C. Chamber of Commerce is on board — as long as other Pacific states stop the time shift.
November 04, 2016
Natural Resources
Woodfibre LNG says it is proceeding with its proposed liquefied natural gas development near Squamish in what would be the province’s first LNG project.
November 02, 2016
Healthy Communities
Our Policy Director Dan Baxter chats with CBC's Gloria Macarenko about Daylight Savings Time.
November 01, 2016
Skilled Workforce
B.C. Chamber of Commerce President Val Litwin said a strong immigration policy is “vital” for the economy as retirements start outpacing the number of Canadian youth entering the job market.
October 27, 2016
Productivity
BC Chamber CEO Val Litwin celebrates the importance of the small business sector for the 10th anniversary of Small Business Month.
October 27, 2016
Healthy Communities
Shaw TV tags along with BC Chamber President & CEO Val Litwin as he gets introduced to representatives of the Nanaimo business community during Small Business Month.
October 26, 2016
Healthy Communities
“Tapping into millennials is a real opportunity to change. Millennials, and most business people, for that matter, want an experience, which is why we need to focus more on the experience of membership rather than the transaction.”
October 17, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation
The B.C. Liberals face growing pressure from the business community to reform the provincial sales tax to stimulate investment and improve productivity, particularly in the manufacturing sector.
October 15, 2016
Healthy Communities
“From the B.C. Chamber of Commerce’s point of view, housing affordability is very much an issue. Our members are saying that to us … and asking us to talk to government on this issue.” Dan Baxter, B.C. Chamber of Commerce
October 12, 2016
Natural Resources
New B.C. Chamber of Commerce CEO Val Litwin is eyeing ways to bolster membership and revenues while helping regional chambers and members respond to the province’s emerging “low carbon” economy.
October 11, 2016
Transportation & Infrastructure
Air travel inspires endless opportunities for businesses to connect with new prospects and seek out untapped markets. Air travel is essential to the growth of the tourism industry and bolsters our ability to trade Canadian products.
October 11, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation
More pressure is being applied by the B.C. Chamber of Commerce to change the province's sales tax model.
October 11, 2016
Local & Regional Government
It's encouraging, as the BC Chamber of Commerce noted, that the UBCM proposed a resolution to recognize the existence of and to co-operate with the province’s Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG).
October 07, 2016
Natural Resources
The new president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce is on a provincial tour and he paid Prince George a visit Thursday.
October 03, 2016
Natural Resources
Our president and CEO Val Litwin was profiled in the Trans Mountain Today's Supporter Spotlight series. In the profile, Val addresses responsible resource development in Canada and ultimately why his members support the Trans Mountain Expansion Project.
October 03, 2016
Natural Resources
The BC Chamber of Commerce supports the federal cabinet’s decision to approve the Pacific NorthWest LNG project in Port Edward, which is part of a potential $36-billion total investment.
September 28, 2016
Local & Regional Government
BC Chamber president and CEO Val Litwin and Director of Policy Dan Baxter address a proposed UBCM resolution to oppose provincial intervention in cases of local government amalgamation - listen to our live on-air interview about why we see benefits for the province to step in when making the best
September 09, 2016
Local & Regional Government
The BC Chamber’s province-wide membership supports minimum wage increases to be linked to the Consumer Price Index, so as to bring stability and predictability for businesses. 
September 07, 2016
Former business owner and BC Chamber CEO Val Litwin says that businesses must have stability and predictability to protect them from the impact of sudden and substantial increases - "We don't oppose increases, we just need to ensure businesses are adequately consulted."
September 06, 2016
Businesses are wary of a substantial increase in the minimum wage, said Dan Baxter, policy director at the B.C. Chamber of Commerce. “It puts a lot of pressure on those businesses,” Baxter said. “They see an impact on their bottom line and they don’t have a way to recoup that cost.”
September 06, 2016
Transportation & Infrastructure
Now is not the time to hit the pause button on building trade-enabling infrastructure in B.C.
August 25, 2016
Natural Resources
Dan Baxter, BC Chamber Policy Development Director, talks live on-air with host Adam Stirling of CFAX-1070 about the business case for the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion Project. Click here to listen to the interview on our Soundcloud page.
August 17, 2016
Backed by 36,000 businesses across the province, the B.C. Chamber fully supports the mayors’ proposal to introduce mobility pricing as one of a number of tools to fund Metro Vancouver’s transportation plan.
August 05, 2016
'On the Air' host Pamela McCall spoke with Dan Baxter, Director of Policy Development, Government & Stakeholder Relations, about the Site C Clean Energy Project and where it stands one-year after its launch
June 08, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation, Natural Resources
June 08, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation, Transportation & Infrastructure, Trade, Regulation, Healthy Communities
June 06, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation
June 06, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation, Natural Resources
June 01, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Transportation & Infrastructure, Trade, Skilled Workforce, Natural Resources, Regulation, Healthy Communities
June 01, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation
May 31, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation, Trade, Natural Resources
May 31, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Trade, Electricity, Regulation, Healthy Communities
May 28, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation, Trade, Natural Resources, Regulation
May 26, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation, Trade, Regulation
May 01, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation
March 23, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation, Transportation & Infrastructure
March 04, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation, Natural Resources
February 19, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation
February 18, 2016
Public Finance & Taxation, Trade, Natural Resources, Productivity
July 29, 2015
The Province has announced a new climate leadership team to provide expert advice and recommendations for a new Climate Action Plan.
February 24, 2015
Transportation & Infrastructure
December 17, 2014
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
November 24, 2014
Electricity
Then-premier W.A.C. Bennett addressed the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in 1962 and made the case that: “We must build on the solid rock of sound economic policies and balanced budgets."
November 04, 2014
Electricity
The decision by the B.C. and Canadian governments to grant environmental approval to B.C. Hydro’s Site C project is very good news.
October 31, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
B. C. municipalities got a well-deserved earful last week about their property tax habits, with renewed calls for less spending and a rebalancing of contributions between homeowners and businesses.
September 30, 2014
Local & Regional Government
September 25, 2014
Local & Regional Government
September 24, 2014
Transportation & Infrastructure
September 15, 2014
Local & Regional Government, Regulation
A clean environment. A competitive economy. The B.C. Chamber of Commerce has long supported the goals of minimizing waste generation and maximizing reuse, recycling and material recovery, which happen to be the first two objectives of Metro Vancouver’s integrated solid waste plan.
August 19, 2014
Natural Resources
Is B.C.’s super, natural tourism industry threatened by the LNG sector? Absolutely not.
July 02, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
June 19, 2014
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
June 18, 2014
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
June 17, 2014
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
June 11, 2014
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
June 10, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Healthy Communities
June 02, 2014
Natural Resources, Healthy Communities
May 30, 2014
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
May 28, 2014
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
May 23, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Healthy Communities
May 12, 2014
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
In beautiful British Columbia, it’s eerily easy to miss the big economic story.
March 02, 2014
Trade
For every day we wait to see a Canada-South Korea trade deal, B.C. businesses are paying a price.
February 18, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation
December 19, 2013
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
December 18, 2013
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
December 10, 2013
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
December 10, 2013
Natural Resources
December 02, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
November 06, 2013
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
October 02, 2013
Natural Resources, Healthy Communities
October 01, 2013
Transportation & Infrastructure
September 30, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation
September 29, 2013
Transportation & Infrastructure, Skilled Workforce
September 26, 2013
Natural Resources, Healthy Communities
September 24, 2013
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
There’s not much good about the continuing prospect of losing $50 million a day. That’s the amount of money our country gives up on a regular basis because of over-tapped or non-existent energy pipelines to two key locations – south to the U.S. and west to the Pacific.
September 19, 2013
Trade, Natural Resources
September 16, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
September 16, 2013
Trade
August 23, 2013
Trade, Natural Resources
We’ve all seen the old posters. A pretty lady and her handsome husband stand at the rail of a caboose, gazing joyfully at soaring mountains around a sylvan lake. In the distance a moose grazes.
August 17, 2013
Natural Resources
For a province awash in talent and natural assets, it’s disturbing to see how much British Columbian ingenuity is being channelled into our province’s alarming – and growing – “culture of no.”
August 13, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation
June 19, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation
June 17, 2013
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
June 13, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation
The following op-ed was published June 13, 2013, in the Vancouver Sun. By John Winter, president and CEO, BC Chamber of Commerce.
May 13, 2013
Transportation & Infrastructure, Skilled Workforce, Natural Resources, Healthy Communities
Tackling tough issues isn’t good politics. That, sadly, has been the theme of yet another B.C. election.