News Releases

As the Voice of Business in B.C., the BC Chamber takes a vocal stance on issues of importance to B.C.'s business community. View our latest news releases below.

October 23, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Healthy Communities
Vancouver, October 23, 2014 – As B.C. celebrates Small Business Week 2014 (Oct. 20 – 24) amidst municipal political campaigns, the BC Chamber of Commerce is calling on candidates to voice their views on bringing back the business vote.
October 22, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Healthy Communities
Vancouver, October 22, 2014 – As B.C. celebrates Small Business Week 2014 (Oct. 20 – 24) amidst municipal political campaigns, the BC Chamber of Commerce is calling on candidates to voice their views on how to improve local government performance and accountability.
October 21, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Healthy Communities
Vancouver, October 21, 2014 – As B.C. celebrates Small Business Week 2014 (Oct. 20 – 24) amidst municipal political campaigns, the BC Chamber of Commerce is calling on candidates to voice their views on business property tax.
October 15, 2014
Transportation & Infrastructure, Electricity
The decision by the British Columbia and Canadian governments to grant an Environmental Assessment Certificate to BC Hydro’s Site C Clean Energy Project is being welcomed...
September 29, 2014
Transportation & Infrastructure, Skilled Workforce
Business leaders from across Canada are calling on Ottawa to address major national and B.C. business issues.
September 24, 2014
Transportation & Infrastructure, Skilled Workforce
At this weekend’s Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM in Charlottetown (September 27-29), the BC Chamber of Commerce will be calling for...
August 21, 2014
Transportation & Infrastructure, Trade, Natural Resources
The BC Chamber of Commerce supports Port Metro Vancouver’s decision to approve the proposed direct coal transfer facility at Fraser Surrey Docks.
July 28, 2014
Local & Regional Government, Skilled Workforce
The BC Chamber of Commerce welcomes critical new trades-training capacity delivered under B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.
July 24, 2014
Local & Regional Government, Transportation & Infrastructure
The BC Chamber of Commerce welcomes a new Power Smart program to reduce electricity costs for pulp and paper producers.
June 17, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Natural Resources
Vancouver, June 17, 2014 – The BC Chamber of Commerce applauds the federal government’s approval of the Northern Gateway project.
June 16, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Skilled Workforce
Vancouver, June 16, 2014 – The BC Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the B.C. government’s Accessibility 2014 plan, which seeks to make B.C. the most progressive province in Canada for people with disabilities by 2024.
June 06, 2014
Local & Regional Government, Skilled Workforce, Productivity
Kelowna, June 6, 2014 – B.C.’s economy faces a serious challenge: our businesses’ global competitiveness has been sliding for some time. Since 2009, Canada has slid to 14th place from 9th in the World Economic Forum’s annual list of the world’s most competitive countries.
May 29, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
Vancouver, May 29, 2014 – B.C.’s Chambers of Commerce have voted in favour of two policies geared at boosting B.C.’s housing affordability.
May 28, 2014
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
Vancouver, May 28, 2014 – B.C.’s Chambers of Commerce have passed a policy calling on the provincial government to continue supporting pipeline projects, where they have met environmental review assessment conditions.
May 27, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Natural Resources, Regulation
Vancouver, May 27, 2014 – Chambers from around B.C. have voted for the rejection of Metro Vancouver’s Bylaw 280, which deals with solid waste flow control.
May 26, 2014
Natural Resources
Vancouver, May 26, 2014 – The Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce has been named B.C.’s 2014 Chamber of the Year by the BC Chamber of Commerce.
May 26, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Natural Resources, Regulation
Vancouver, May 26, 2014 – Business leaders from across B.C. have passed policies calling for local government reform, changes to energy policy, a new take on Property Transfer Tax and better oversight of product stewardship (recycling) organizations such as Multi Material BC.
May 24, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
Vancouver, May 24, 2014 – Business leaders from across B.C. have passed policies calling for energy policy reform, a new take on Property Transfer Tax and better oversight of product stewardship (recycling) organizations such as Multi Material BC.
May 08, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Electricity
Vancouver, May 8, 2014 – The BC Chamber of Commerce backs the Joint Review Panel report on Site C and calls on the provincial and federal governments to move ahead with Site C to help ensure that B.C. can meet its long-term energy needs.
May 07, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Electricity
Vancouver, May 7, 2014 – The BC Chamber of Commerce, together with its member Lower Mainland chambers, is calling on the provincial government to reject Metro Vancouver’s proposed Bylaw 280.
April 29, 2014
Local & Regional Government
Victoria, April 29, 2014 – The BC Chamber of Commerce welcomes B.C.’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint.
April 14, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Trade
Vancouver, April 14, 2014 – The BC Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the federal government’s announcement of $17.7 million for an upgraded Aldergrove border crossing.
March 11, 2014
Trade, Natural Resources
Vancouver, March 11, 2014 – Chambers from across B.C. welcomed the successful conclusion of a Canada-South Korea free trade deal, which gives B.C. businesses enhanced access to South Korea’s $1.1 trillion economy.
February 27, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Natural Resources, Regulation, Healthy Communities
Vancouver, February 27, 2014 – The federal government’s rejection of the New Prosperity project devastates the Cariboo-Chilcotin region’s efforts to regroup and diversify its economy after the mountain pine beetle epidemic gutted the area’s forestry industry.
February 11, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Transportation & Infrastructure, Healthy Communities
Vancouver, February 11, 2014 – The BC Chamber of Commerce welcomes the federal government’s prudent, targeted budget.
February 04, 2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
 Vancouver, February 4, 2014 - The BC Chamber of Commerce applauds the B.C. government for amending a recycling regulation that was causing substantial concern among businesses so that it will impact less that 1% of B.C.’s businesses.
January 14, 2014
Local & Regional Government, Trade, Regulation
Vancouver, January 14, 2014 – B.C. business people crossing the U.S. border to do business have new protection against expedited removal laws, thanks to a recent U.S. district court ruling.
December 13, 2013
Natural Resources, Healthy Communities
Vancouver, December 17, 2013 – The BC Chamber calls on British Columbians to stand up for civilized public processes, following the cowardly attack that occurred yesterday on Port Metro Vancouver employees.
December 10, 2013
Natural Resources, Healthy Communities
Vancouver, December 10, 2013 – Today, provincial business and community leaders came together to encourage the Government of Canada to approve the New Prosperity project and to raise awareness of how mining drives B.C.’s social and economic well-being.
December 09, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation
Vancouver, December 9, 2013 – More and more British Columbians are backing the Northern Gateway pipeline project, according to a new poll (PDF) released today by the BC Chamber
December 09, 2013
Natural Resources
Vancouver, December 9, 2013 – More and more British Columbians are backing the Northern Gateway pipeline project, according to a new poll (PDF) released today by the BC Chamber
November 26, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Transportation & Infrastructure, Electricity
Vancouver, November 26, 2013 – The BC Chamber welcomes the B.C. government efforts to minimize impacts to businesses from BC Hydro rate hikes by creating a 10-year plan of predictable increases.
November 14, 2013
Skilled Workforce
Vancouver, November 14, 2013 – The BC Chamber of Commerce has launched an innovative service to help organizations connect directly with business communities across B.C., while bringing valuable information to B.C.’s businesses.
November 06, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Productivity
Vancouver, November 6, 2013 – The BC Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Chambers across the country, is calling for flexibility and win-win solutions in critical federal-provincial Job Grant talks this Friday.
November 05, 2013
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
Vancouver, November 5, 2013 – The BC Chamber of Commerce congratulates the governments of B.C. and Alberta for their just-announced framework agreement on energy movement and opening new markets, that will support pipeline projects in B.C.
October 23, 2013
Local & Regional Government, Productivity
Vancouver, October 23, 2013 – As B.C. celebrates Small Business Week, the BC Chamber welcomes recent gains for small businesses under B.C.’s new Small Business Accord and urges continued momentum on the Accord’s implementation.
October 21, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
Vancouver, October 21, 2013 – As B.C. celebrates Small Business Week, the BC Chamber is challenging municipalities to support their local small businesses through spending discipline, low business tax multipliers, and business-friendly policies.
October 18, 2013
Local & Regional Government, Trade, Natural Resources
Vancouver, October 18, 2013 – The BC Chamber of Commerce congratulates the government of Canada for achieving a highly-anticipated trade deal with the European Union, and urges the federal government to turn its energies to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
September 30, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Skilled Workforce, Productivity
Vancouver, September 30, 2013 – Business leaders from across Canada are asking Ottawa to fix Canada’s flawed Blue Skies policy and reverse damaging changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program.
September 25, 2013
Skilled Workforce, Healthy Communities
Year long process delivers 60 recommendations on creating a more prosperous province for all British Columbians
September 24, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Skilled Workforce
Vancouver, September 24, 2013 – At this weekend’s Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM in Kelowna (September 28-30), the BC Chamber of Commerce will be calling for a national Open Skies policy and for the federal government to reverse recent changes to its Temporary Foreign Worker (T
September 19, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation, Skilled Workforce, Regulation, Healthy Communities
Vancouver, September 19, 2013 – The BC Chamber of Commerce welcomes the news that B.C., Ontario and Canada have agreed to establish a co-operative capital markets regulatory system, which all Canadian provinces and territories are invited to participate in.
September 16, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Healthy Communities
Vancouver, September 16, 2013 – The BC Chamber of Commerce commends UBCM for its efforts to strengthen local government finances, but urges local governments to commit to new levels of spending discipline.
August 26, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Transportation & Infrastructure, Trade, Skilled Workforce
Vancouver, August 26, 2013 – The BC Chamber of Commerce has joined litigation filed in a U.S. court to push back against border measures that pose a serious risk for B.C. businesses and tourists.
July 31, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Productivity
Vancouver, July 31, 2013 –The BC Chamber of Commerce commends the B.C. government for advancing plans for a Core Review, which targets greater efficiency and accountability in government’s use of taxpayers’ dollars.
June 27, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation
Vancouver, June 27, 2013 – The BC Chamber of Commerce commended the B.C. government for its continued commitment to balanced budgets in the updated Budget 2013.
June 06, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Productivity
Vancouver, June 6, 2013 – The BC Chamber of Commerce is calling on the provincial government to make tax reform a top priority to boost job creation and economic prosperity in British Columbia.
May 30, 2013
Local & Regional Government, Skilled Workforce
Vancouver, May 30, 2013 – Business leaders and Chamber of Commerce executives from communities across B.C.
May 28, 2013
Local & Regional Government, Skilled Workforce
Vancouver, May 28, 2013 – To honour the outstanding contributions of Shirley Henry, former Pemberton Mayor and current executive of the Pemberton & District Chamber of Commerce, the BC Chamber of Commerce has recognized her with its prestigious Fellow Award.
May 27, 2013
Local & Regional Government, Skilled Workforce, Productivity, Regulation, Healthy Communities
Vancouver, May 27, 2013 – Business leaders and Chamber of Commerce executives from communities across BC gathered in Nanaimo May 23 to 25 for the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting & Conference to set the policy agenda for the coming year.
May 24, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Productivity
Nanaimo, May 24, 2013 – The BC Chamber of Commerce is delighted to welcome The Vancouver Board of Trade as its newest member.
May 15, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Productivity
Vancouver, May 15, 2013 – B.C.’s election results show that British Columbians are keenly focused on B.C.’s economic future.
May 08, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Transportation & Infrastructure
Vancouver, May 8, 2013 – As voters prepare to head to the polls, the BC Chamber of Commerce is reminding British Columbians that B.C.’s economic future hinges on how well the next premier manages the province’s resource-based economy.
May 02, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Transportation & Infrastructure
Vancouver, May 2, 2013 – The BC Chamber of Commerce is concerned that B.C.’s political parties are staying silent on crucial election issues for B.C. businesses – and for all British Columbians.
May 01, 2013
Skilled Workforce
The BC Chamber of Commerce is very concerned about just-announced changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) program, including new fees for businesses and measures that will cause hiring delays and make the program unusable for many small businesses.
February 19, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
Victoria, February 19, 2013 – Chambers of Commerce congratulated the government for fulfilling their commitment to return to a balanced budget.
February 19, 2013
Public Finance & Taxation
Key Messages Budget 2013 is a balanced budget To achieve this government has made a series of tough choices Tax increases are measured and manageable
December 19, 2012
Electricity, Natural Resources, Regulation, Healthy Communities
Vancouver, December 19, 2013 – The BC Chamber welcomes the Joint Review Panel’s approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline project.
December 05, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
Vancouver, December 5, 2012 – A recent survey by the BC Chamber of Commerce has revealed that 63% of businesses do not feel prepared for the transition back to the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) on April 1, 2013.
November 20, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Productivity, Regulation
Victoria, November 20, 2012 – The BC Chamber of Commerce is very supportive of the BC Government for its decision today to approve the incorporation of Jumbo Glacier as a mountain resort municipality.
November 07, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
Vancouver, November 7, 2012 – The BC Chamber of Commerce welcomed the announcement today from Premier Clark at its Premier & Cabinet Luncheon that Basia Ruta has been appointed BC’s first Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG).
November 05, 2012
Local & Regional Government, Skilled Workforce
Vancouver, November 5, 2012 – The BC Chamber of Commerce welcomed the announcement today from Premier Christy Clark that a new industry-led, legislature-funded Crown corporation named Destination BC has been created, and will work directly with the tourism sector to market BC as
October 22, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Regulation
Kamloops, October 22, 2012 – The BC Chamber of Commerce and the Hon. Naomi Yamamoto, Minister of State for Small Business, have announced a consultation process to create a Small Business Accord.
October 17, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Transportation & Infrastructure, Trade
Vancouver, October 17, 2012 - The BC Chamber of Commerce and The Vancouver Board of Trade are taking the unprecedented step of issuing a joint statement calling for the Mayors’ Council to approve the time-limited property tax increase on October 18.
October 11, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Natural Resources, Healthy Communities
Vancouver, October 11, 2012 - The Business Council of British Columbia and the BC Chamber of Commerce announced today that a group of 12 respected and civic-minded British Columbians have agreed to sit as members of an Advisory Council to the recently announced 
September 20, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Healthy Communities
Vancouver, September 20, 2012 – The BC Chamber of Commerce and the Business Council of British Columbia have launched an innovative new policy initiative designed to take a fresh look at the economic and social development issues affecting the prosperity of British Columbians cal
September 13, 2012
Local & Regional Government, Transportation & Infrastructure, Trade, Natural Resources
Victoria, September 13, 2012 – The BC Chamber of Commerce announces its support for the responsible approach taken by the provincial government today in the face of disappointing resource revenues figures.
September 05, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Regulation
Victoria, September 5, 2012 – The BC Chamber of Commerce today welcomed the BC Cabinet shuffle and its greater focus on jobs, skill development and small business interests.
June 21, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Electricity, Natural Resources
Vancouver, June 21, 2012 – The BC Chamber of Commerce welcomed Premier Christy Clark’s announcement today that the Clean Energy Act will be amended to classify Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) as a clean fuel when it is used to power LNG extraction plants in Northern BC.
June 05, 2012
Transportation & Infrastructure, Trade
June 5, 2012 – Vancouver, BC - The province’s business community has delivered a strong endorsement for new infrastructure to expand British Columbia’s trade corridors between the Asia Pacific and North American markets.
May 30, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Healthy Communities
Vancouver, May 30, 2012 - Business leaders and Chamber of Commerce executives from communities across BC gathered in Penticton from May 24-26th for the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting & Conference to set the policy agenda for the coming year.
May 30, 2012
Local & Regional Government, Productivity
Vancouver, May 30, 2012 - Business leaders and Chamber of Commerce executives from communities across BC gathered in Penticton from May 24-26th for the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting & Conference to set the policy agenda for the coming year, and to elect the ne
May 26, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
May 26, 2012 - Penticton, BC – The BC Chamber of Commerce will be calling on the Provincial Government to enable forced municipal amalgamation, fundamentally reform the education system to meet the needs of the economy and establish a trans-Canada post secondary strategy.
May 25, 2012
Local & Regional Government, Skilled Workforce, Productivity, Healthy Communities
Penticton, May 25, 2012 – The BC Chamber of Commerce today welcomed the announcement of the Micro Business Training Pilot Program by Premier Christy Clark at our 60th Anniversary AGM & Conference in Penticton.
April 25, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
Victoria, April 25, 2012 – The BC Chamber of Commerce looks forward to strong and independent leadership from the Audit Council of the Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG) announced today.
April 25, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Productivity, Regulation
Ottawa, April 25, 2012 – The BC Chamber of Commerce welcomes the changes to protect the productivity of recreational and commercial fisheries announced yesterday by Minister Ashfield.
April 18, 2012
Transportation & Infrastructure, Trade
April 18, 2012 – Vancouver BC – China Southern Airlines has agreed to join a panel discussion on BC’s air corridors to the Asia Pacific at the upcoming BC Chamber of Commerce Transportation Summit.
April 17, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Natural Resources, Healthy Communities
Victoria, April 17, 2012 – The BC Chamber of Commerce welcomed the comprehensive Responsible Resource Development Plan released today as one that would streamline the approval process for major resource projects with a view to creating a ‘one project, one process’ framework.
March 29, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Skilled Workforce
March 29, 2012 - Vancouver – The BC Chamber welcomed the Federal Budget unveiled today as addressing many issues that have been holding back BC's potential to grow and create new economic activity.
March 20, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Natural Resources, Regulation
Victoria, March 20, 2012 – The BC Chamber of Commerce would like to applaud the BC Government for its foresight in approving the Jumbo Glacier Resort.
February 18, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Natural Resources
Victoria, February 18, 2014 – Chambers of Commerce from across the province congratulated the B.C. government for tabling a second balanced budget that combines spending restraint with several targeted initiatives.
February 16, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
February 16, 2012 - Victoria, BC – Monday, February 20th marks the beginning of Chamber of Commerce Week 2012.  The week will be kicked off in Victoria on Monday at the Harbour Towers Hotel at 11:30 AM, with an event featuring the Honourable Pat Bell, who will be addressing the “
February 02, 2012
Public Finance & Taxation, Trade, Natural Resources, Healthy Communities
Vancouver - February 2, 2012 - The British Columbia Chamber of Commerce welcomed the announcement today of the Natural Gas Strategy and the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Strategy as road maps to success for sectors essential to economic prosperity in all regions of
November 24, 2011
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
Victoria, November 24, 2011 – Chambers of Commerce from across the province today welcomed the announcement that the Auditor General for Local Government will be created in British Columbia.  The BC Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate the Provincial Government for tabl
October 25, 2011
Public Finance & Taxation, Skilled Workforce, Productivity
Victoria, October 25, 2011 – The British Columbia Chamber of Commerce welcomed the announcement today of BC’s new tourism strategy as outlined in Gaining the Edge: A Fi
October 19, 2011
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Transportation & Infrastructure, Healthy Communities
Ottawa, October 19, 2011 – The BC Chamber of Commerce welcomed the announcement today that Seaspan Shipyards was successful in receiving a contract to build non-combat ships under the Federal Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS).
October 06, 2011
Public Finance & Taxation, Transportation & Infrastructure, Productivity, Healthy Communities
Vancouver, October 6, 2011 – The BC Chamber of Commerce, on behalf of local Chambers and 32,000 businesses across BC, calls on the Mayors Council to take a regional approach and pass the Translink Moving Forward Supplemental Plan.
September 26, 2011
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
Vancouver, September 26, 2011 – Elected officials of all political stripes at all levels of government must make economic growth the top priority in the face of continuing global uncertainty.
September 23, 2011
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Healthy Communities
BC Chamber sees promise in BC Jobs Plan Victoria, September 23, 2011 – Chambers of Commerce from across the province find a lot of support for the BC business community in the new Canada Starts Here: BC Jobs Plan.
September 19, 2011
Local & Regional Government, Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources, Regulation
Vancouver, September 19, 2011 – The British Columbia Chamber of Commerce strongly supports Premier Christy Clark’s announcement that the provincial government will take major steps to create a prosperous liquefied natural gas (LNG) industry, including making the Kitimat LNG plant
July 06, 2011
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Transportation & Infrastructure
Vancouver, July 6, 2011 – The BC Chamber of Commerce today welcomed the statement from the Provincial Government and Mayors Council on Regional Transportation announcing their support of the provincial Moving Forward funding plan.
June 29, 2011
Local & Regional Government, Healthy Communities
VICTORIA - B.C. businesses now have access to a comprehensive guide that provides information on how to create a business environment that is safe and comfortable for seniors.
May 31, 2011
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Productivity, Healthy Communities
Prince George, May 31 – Resolutions calling for the creation of the business vote, a level playing field for liquor retail in BC and equality in provincial police funding were passed by Chambers of Commerce from across the province who gathered at the BC Chamber of Commerce Annua
May 31, 2011
Public Finance & Taxation, Transportation & Infrastructure, Trade, Skilled Workforce
Prince George, May 31, 2011 – At the BC Chamber Annual General Meeting in Prince George, BC delegates unanimously supported the resolution calling on the BC Government to actively support Seaspan Shipyards’ West Coast bid under the Federal Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (NSPS)
May 31, 2011
Productivity
Prince George, May 31, 2011 - Business leaders and Chamber of Commerce executives from communities across BC gathered in Prince George May 29-31st for the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting & Conference to set the policy agenda for the coming year, and to elect the
May 31, 2011
Local & Regional Government, Skilled Workforce
Prince George, May 31, 2011 - Business leaders and Chamber of Commerce executives from communities across BC gathered in Prince George May 29-31st for the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting & Conference to set the policy agenda for the coming year.
May 25, 2011
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
VICTORIA, May 25, 2011 – The BC Chamber of Commerce applauded the BC Government’s commitment to maintaining business certainty, and focus on returning to balanced budgets, following announced changes to the HST today.  These changes reflect their dedication to widespread consulta
May 04, 2011
Public Finance & Taxation
Elimination of HST to put jobs and support to low-income families at risk
March 16, 2011
Public Finance & Taxation
Vancouver, March 16, 2011 – The BC Chamber of Commerce greeted the Minimum Wage increase today with one major concern, the speed with which the plan arrives at the maximum $10.25.
March 14, 2011
Local & Regional Government, Skilled Workforce, Productivity
Victoria, March 14, 2011 – The BC Chamber of Commerce today welcomed the announcement of the new cabinet from Premier Christy Clark.
February 15, 2011
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
February 15, 2011 - Victoria, BC – Chambers of Commerce across the province welcomed Budget 2011 as an appropriate budget that continues the government’s prudent approach while protecting the province from future challenges.
February 15, 2011
Public Finance & Taxation, Skilled Workforce
Budget 2011 - the ‘status quo’ Budget.
January 25, 2011
Public Finance & Taxation
Vancouver, January 25, 2011 – Chambers of Commerce from across the province today welcomed the announcement that an independent panel will be formed to report on the options facing BC in the coming HST referendum.
January 18, 2011
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
Vancouver, January 18, 2011 – Chambers of Commerce from across the province today welcomed the announcement from Christy Clark at the BC Chamber of Commerce Future Premier Business Panel that she is proposing a Municipal Auditor General.
December 02, 2010
Public Finance & Taxation, Transportation & Infrastructure, Skilled Workforce
Vancouver, December 2, 2010 – Chambers of Commerce from across the province today welcomed the announcement that the deadline for completing infrastructure stimulus projects under Canada’s Economic Action Plan (EAP) has been extended until October 31, 2011.
November 03, 2010
Local & Regional Government
Vancouver, November 3, 2010 – Hon. Gordon Campbell has announced today that he will be stepping down as the Premier of BC, and has called for a leadership convention at the earliest possible date.
November 02, 2010
Local & Regional Government, Natural Resources, Regulation
Williams Lake, November 2, 2010 – The BC Chamber of Commerce strongly expressed its frustration and disappointment with the decision today from Environment Minister Jim Prentice that the Prosperity Mine would not be granted federal authorization to proceed due to environmental co
September 30, 2010
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Productivity
Ottawa, September 30, 2010 – Chambers of Commerce from across the province today welcomed the announcement that a policy resolution calling on the Federal Government to help bring more visitors to BC, make tourism operators more competitive and create more jobs was passed at the
September 28, 2010
Local & Regional Government, Transportation & Infrastructure, Regulation
Gatineau, September 28, 2010 – Chambers of Commerce from across the country gathered in Canada’s Capital Region this past weekend for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting where they sent a strong message calling on the federal government to immediately move int
August 20, 2010
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
Vancouver, August 20, 2010 – The following statement was issued today by the six  associations who asked for a judicial review of the anti-HST petition:  “We launched our court case because we wanted clarity and certainty around the future of the 
June 29, 2010
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
Vancouver, June 29, 2010 ‐ In a June 4, 2010 article in the Vancouver Sun, former BC Attorney General Geoff Plant questions the constitutional validity of the draft bill
June 02, 2010
Skilled Workforce, Productivity
Vancouver, June 2, 2010 - Business leaders representing Chambers of Commerce from across BC gathered in Vancouver May 27-29th for the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting & Conference to approve the policy agenda for the coming year and elect the new Board of Directo
May 31, 2010
Local & Regional Government
Vancouver, May 31, 2010 - Business leaders representing Chambers of Commerce from across BC gathered in Vancouver May 27-29th for the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting & Conference and endorsed a motion for the BC Chamber to instruct the government that reform of
May 31, 2010
Skilled Workforce, Healthy Communities
Vancouver, May 31, 2010 - Business leaders from communities across BC gathered in Vancouver May 27-29th for the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Conference to set the policy agenda for the coming year and recognize those chambers who have made exceptional contrib
April 28, 2010
Public Finance & Taxation, Electricity, Regulation
Victoria, April 28, 2010 – Chambers of Commerce from across the province today welcomed the Government announcement of the Clean Energy Act. The Act is designed to create jobs, increase electrical self-sufficiency, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and protect both B.C.
April 19, 2010
Local & Regional Government, Electricity
Hudson’s Hope, April 19, 2010 – Chambers of Commerce from across the province today welcomed the B.C. Government announcement that it will be implementing the Site C Clean Energy Project.
March 08, 2010
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
Vancouver, March 8, 2010 – A report released today on Harmonized Sales Tax by public economic expert Jack Mintz states that the HST will have an unequivocal benefit for the province by attracting $11.5 billion in capital investment and creating 113,000 jobs by the end of the deca
March 03, 2010
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Trade, Skilled Workforce, Productivity, Regulation
March 3, 2010 – The Federal Government delivered its Speech from the Throne on Wednesday. The following release was produced by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and is being reproduced.
March 02, 2010
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Skilled Workforce
March 2, 2010 - The British Columbia Chamber of Commerce gave a cautious welcome to the provincial Budget unveiled by the Finance Minister today as being based on sound economic principles that present a responsible approach to difficult economic times by resisting irresponsible
March 02, 2010
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
KEY BC CHAMBER MESSAGES Positive Aspects A stable, prudent budget Controlling public spending Some economic initiatives Areas of concern
February 24, 2010
Trade, Productivity
Vancouver, February 24, 2010 – The British Columbia Chamber of Commerce is pleased to  announce that it has signed an Agreement of Cooperation with the Chamber of Commerce in  Krasnodar, the Russian region holding the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games. 
February 10, 2010
Local & Regional Government, Regulation
February 10, 2010 – The BC Government delivered its Speech from the Throne on Wednesday.
February 05, 2010
Local & Regional Government, Trade, Productivity
Ottawa, February 5, 2010 - The BC Chamber of Commerce commends the governments of  Canada and the United States on reaching a productive and forward-looking agreement on Buy  American provisions. 
January 14, 2010
Regulation
Vancouver, January 14, 2010 – Chambers of Commerce from across the province welcomed the announcement today that Taseko Mines Limited has received an environmental assessment certificate for its proposed Prosperity Gold-Copper Project from the BC government.