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.

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 2015-2016 Policy and Positions Manual

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2014
Public Finance & Taxation
Last spring the federal government announced it would eliminate the extended small-business tax benefit for credit unions over the next five years. British Columbia provided a similar tax rate for credit unions because they were eligible for the federal reduction. Phasing out the federal reduction meant that the lower B.C. tax rate would also be removed unless legislative changes were made to protect it.
2015
Public Finance & Taxation
The contract between government and the people has been that a mix of these revenue mechanisms will be utilized in a manner that allows them to provide the range of services that are required by the public. Too low on the service side, or too high on the revenue side and the public express their displeasure through the ballot box. This contract appears to be under increasing pressure in B.C. 
2015
Local & Regional Government
The rapid spread of invasive zebra and quagga mussels through fresh waters east of Saskatchewan has had devastating impacts on hydroelectric power, marine shipping, fishing and tourism industries. These species have recently spread through waterways in the southwest United States, and now pose an imminent threat to fresh waters in British Columbia. The provincial government must take decisive action now to avoid irreversible damage to our marine and tourism industries.
2015
Local & Regional Government, Regulation, Healthy Communities
The Chamber asserts that there is a growing disconnection between the goals of reducing waste, increasing diversion rates and the cost that independent businesses are being asked to bear. In an effort to increase environmentally sustainable communities, governments at all levels have begun to develop policies aimed at reducing single stream processing centres for garbage and transferring the costs of an integrated waste management programs onto producers of that garbage.
2015
Natural Resources
The B.C. Securities Commission (BCSC) has proposed changes to the existing rights offering regime whereby exchange listed companies needing to raise funds or restructure would be able to offer rights to existing shareholders to purchase more shares from companies, without the need to prepare a (lengthy and costly) prospectus or circular.
2015
Skilled Workforce, Natural Resources
MapPlace is an award winning website designed to facilitate easy access to the maps and databases of the Ministry of Energy and Mines. It has been heavily used by industry, and by government and academia, for the past twenty years and makes government’s geological databases easily available to those involved in exploring, managing and developing our mineral resource endowment.
2015
Natural Resources
B.C. is very well endowed with mineralization and BCGS has provided critical support for the exploration and development of revenue producing mines in B.C.  Government has set objectives to increase the number of operating mines in the province. To have a robust mining sector well into the future B.C. must once again recognize B.C.GS’s importance, and fund it appropriately to allow it to fulfill its fundamental role as B.C.’s permanent repository of geoscientific data for the province.
2015
Natural Resources
While the B.C. economy is made up of multiple sectors from high tech to tourism, B.C. is still a resource-driven economy, whether it’s oil and gas, mining and minerals, forestry or agriculture and aquaculture.  The prosperity we all enjoy is supported by our ability to extract and trade our resources with the world.
2015
Natural Resources
The benefits of mining are clear. But if we wish to continue to reap the benefits of mining in the future we must work now to ensure prospecting and early stage exploration continue to discover new deposits. 
2015
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
B.C.’s geology and mineral resources can provide a strong economic foundation for the province and make B.C. a leading global supplier of minerals.  But this can only be achieved if B.C. creates and maintains the geological infrastructure and database to attract investment in this sector.

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