What’s new @ bcchamber.org
- Proposed Resolution Manual
The Proposed Resolution Manual is now available on the BC Chamber members-only website. The Manual contains Policy Resolutions to be discussed at the BC Chamber AGM May 27 - 29, 2010 in Vancouver.
- Q1 Reports
TD Merchant Services & Esso Q1 2010 BC Reports are available on the members-only website
- Phone Fraud
The BC Chamber has received a number of calls from concerned businesses in regards to fraud. A male caller, stating that he is from the BC Chamber, has been contacting businesses and asking if the business is moving and what the new address is. This individual has no affiliation with the Chamber and we are requesting that you disregard these calls.
AGM 2010 – May 27 - 29
The BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting & Conference is in its 58th year in 2010, and being held in Vancouver for the first time.
The BC Chamber will be welcoming the province’s business community May 27th through 29th for a fantastic members-only event at the extraordinary new Vancouver Convention Centre. The AGM & Conference features fascinating guest speakers, engaging panels, and lively policy debates. This is an AGM you won’t want to miss.
Complete event details including the Agenda, Newsletters, Information on AGM Award Programs, Location Maps for venues, Trade Show information, FAQ's, Speaker Bios and our generous Sponsors are available on the BC Chamber members-only website in the ‘Members Events’, ‘Annual General Meeting’ section.
Please note that on-site registration will not be available for Delegate breakfast, lunch or dinner sessions.
For information on the AGM & Conference, please contact us:
CRA HST Seminars
The Canada Revenue Agency is preparing to administer the HST and is offering free information seminars to businesses, designed to help prepare you for a seamless transition to HST.
The seminars, entitled "The Proposed Transition to Harmonized Sales Tax – Information for Businesses," will provide you with an overview of the HST, covering topics such as:
- How the tax works
- Applying tax to supplies, goods and services
- Self assessing
- Collection and reporting
- Point-of-sale rebates
You can find the seminars servicing most areas across BC on the following websites:
Information seminars on HST for BC
General HST information for BC
The Province has produced a short animated video outlining the "10 facts you should know about the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)"
View the video here
Workplace Training for Innovation Pilot Program
The Ministry of Advanced Education and Labour Market Development has established a new program initiative, Workplace Training for Innovation Program, through the Strategic Training and Transition Fund. The program is designed to provide eligible employers with funding for employee training.
Visit the Government website for more information
PST Refunds and Taxable and Non-Taxable Information
There has been some recent media coverage about businesses that have mistakenly collected tax on exempt items. The Ministry of Finance has provided information to assist businesses who have made inadvertent errors in this regard. Also included is information about what is taxable and what is not.
How to claim refunds - In certain circumstances, businesses can refund the PST directly to their customers. These circumstances are outlined in Bulletin SST 032,Completing the Social Service Tax Return (see section on Internal Tax Account Adjustments). In all other cases, the customers must apply to the ministry for a refund.
What is taxable and non-taxable - The ministry produces tax information that is industry-specific and includes detailed informational bulletins, and lists of taxable and non-taxable items.
You can visit the industry specific web page
You can also view any of the PST publications online
If you have a tax related question, call Taxpayer Services toll-free at 1-877-388-4440
Order of British Columbia – Call for Nominations
The British Columbia Honours and Awards Secretariat is currently accepting nominations for the province’s highest honour, the Order of British Columbia. It represents the highest form of recognition the province can extend to its citizens.
The Order of B.C. is open to any resident of B.C. or former long-term resident, who has demonstrated outstanding achievement, excellence or distinction in any field of endeavour benefiting the people of the Province or elsewhere. Fields include community leadership, business, labour, industry, volunteer service, professions and other occupations, research, culture, arts, sports and others.
Nomination forms are available by going to their website and following the link for the Order of British Columbia. Submission Deadline: June 10, 2010 5 p.m. (PST)
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