Policies

The BC Chamber's grassroots policy-development process is second-to-none in British Columbia. Every year, our membership of businesses, Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade develops policies that reflect the on-the-ground needs of B.C. businesses. Through this process, our membership endorses approximately 40 new policies every year at our Annual General Meeting.

2017 marked a banner year for the BC Chamber with 64 policies submitted and supported by 47 individual chambers, including the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce and Tumbler Ridge Chamber of Commerce who submit policies for the first time. This is an increase of 31% in chamber participation and an increase of over 12% in overall policy resolutions submitted, which truly exemplifies the growth of engagement in BC’s largest and most broadly-based business network.

The breadth and diversity of our policies reflects our broad-based membership; during any given year, we have policy recommendations for the majority, if not all, of B.C.’s provincial government ministries.

BC Chamber's 2017-2018 Policy and Positions Manual

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2017
Transportation & Infrastructure
Background The Ministry of Finance is currently investigating the “share capitalization” of Canada’s ports and major airports, as suggested in recommendations 9.3b and 10.3a of the 2016 Canada Transportation Act Review. This would change the current governance structure so they are owned by a private group of shareholders and no longer operate as not-for-profit commercial entities.
2017
Regulation
While Canada’s Anti-Spam Legislation (CASL) came into effect on July 1, 2014, the final transition periods for the law end this year on July 1, 2017.     
2017
Productivity, Regulation
An antiquated and cumbersome land “ownership” system for Indigenous lands has limited the ability of First Nations to leverage the value of their property, hindering them from achieving their full economic potential and highest and best use of their lands.
2017
Transportation & Infrastructure, Productivity
Canada and First Nations both have an urgent need to develop a joint strategy to increase First Nation productivity with infrastructure development representing one of the most critical elements in achieving this.  Unfortunately, First Nations face many challenges in this process and have been unable to fully achieve value for investments made.
2017
Trade
Canada’s trade deficit with China is widening amid a slowing of raw materials exports to China, while Canadians continue to import $50 billion a year of Chinese products. According to Industry Canada, the 2012 trade deficit with China was $31.7 billion, four times what the deficit was a decade ago.
2017
Public Finance & Taxation
Filing with CRA for Businesses can be a complicated process; many businesses are required to make over 30 payments a year with GST, Payroll Tax and Income Tax... Not surprisingly, a significant portion of Canada’s 5 million SMEs make mistakes every year when dealing with the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA).
2017
Public Finance & Taxation
Access to the small business rate has been effectively removed for small businesses working solely for large private corporations.  In B.C. this would mean a doubling of the tax rate from 13% to 26%.  This greatly reduces the tax incentive for small businesses to operate in Canada.
2017
Transportation & Infrastructure
The Fraser Valley is one of the fastest growing areas in B.C., with Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Langley and Surrey seeing huge population growth over the next few years.  Transportation is a major barrier to this growth, and it must be addressed on a regional basis.  While each municipality has specific challenges with the movement of people, goods and services transportation and traffic concerns go far beyond individual municipal boundaries and must be considered on all fronts. 
2017
Transportation & Infrastructure
B.C.’s transportation market is dominated by petroleum fuels, with the long distance heavy-duty transportation sector accounting for much of the diesel use. However, compared to natural gas, diesel is expensive, and produces more greenhouse gases (GHG) and other pollution than natural gas in the same use. 
2017
Transportation & Infrastructure, Trade
In 2007 the Government of Canada, in cooperation with the Government of British Columbia and the three Prairie Provinces, developed and embarked on an ambitious program of capital and legislative infrastructure investments to create the Asia Pacific Gateway Canada Initiative (APGCI).

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