BC CHAMBER "PULSE CHECK" | RESULTS OF THE 2017-18 COLLECTIVE PERSPECTIVE SURVEY
The Collective Perspective 2017-18 survey now has those answers. Conducted between October 25th to November 24th, 2017 by Abacus Data, the survey identifies top of mind issues and provides clarity on the choke points facing businesses in BC.
Our conclusions show individual business optimism is high, and the outlook over the next five years is still of growth, but housing affordability, trade with China, and the Kinder Morgan Pipeline are top of mind for many people.
Some interesting insights:
- Taxes (both provincial and federal) are a top pain point for businesses in BC. The tax changes floated by the federal government in 2017 likely increased the number of respondents believing federal taxes are actively hurting them.
- Access to – and cost of – labour is one of the top five issues hurting business growth in the province, particularly in the food, hospitality, and tourism industries.
- The Kinder Morgan Pipeline has pan-provincial support.
- More businesses believe free trade with China is good for their own business.
Read the complete survey results in the .pdf below.