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.

2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
Municipal governments provide essential services in their community. These are primarily funded through property taxes. Even the most basic analysis shows that businesses pay much higher tax rates than residential taxpayers, while in many cases requiring fewer services.
2014
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
The transportation of export commodities by rail to and from B.C.’s communities is crucial to the economy of B.C. and western Canada. From potash in Saskatchewan to pulse crops in Alberta or mining & natural gas products in B.C., the movement of Canada’s many resources is dependent of reliable, adequate rail service. The Chamber supports the enactment and enforcement of provisions which will improve such rail service.
2014
Transportation & Infrastructure, Natural Resources
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.
2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Transportation & Infrastructure
The government of WAC Bennett realized it was important to build an integrated highway system to connect all British Columbians, to expand resource wealth and industrial/commercial growth. BC Ferries was established as a stand-alone, government-sanctioned monopoly to provide affordable regular transportation to ferry-dependent communities.
2014
Transportation & Infrastructure
On November 22, 2013 the government of British Columbia announced the cancellation of direct ferry services between Port Hardy and Bella Coola, the "Discovery Coast" Route 40 service, citing low ridership, annual operating deficits, and forthcoming vessel replacement costs as the rationale for service discontinuation. 
2014
Healthy Communities
In Canada, 4.4 million Canadians have a disability, of which many are children or under the age of 44.  Of this, 68,833 Canadians have successfully applied for, and received benefits of, the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP). 
2014
Healthy Communities
Rent control has been – and continues to be – a widely debated topic.  Economists and business groups generally take a position against rent controls, while socially-minded advocacy groups generally stand in support of controlling residential rents.  The former groups argue that rental housing stock decreases in both quantity and quality under rent controls; the latter groups argue that lower income individuals require protection from market effects.
2014
Healthy Communities
The ability to access the justice system to resolve issues in a timely and cost-effective manner is a foundation upon which our society is based. An effective justice system supports the ability for business to thrive by enabling an expeditious resolution of legal matters that interrupt the lives of business owners and their employees.
2014
Healthy Communities
There has been much debate relating to the amalgamation and/or regionalization of police services in B.C.  At the present time, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and 11 independent municipal police organizations provide service across the province. Those include independent police departments in: Abbotsford, Central Saanich, Delta, Nelson, New Westminster, Oak Bay, Port Moody, Saanich, Vancouver, Victoria, and West Vancouver.
2014
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government, Healthy Communities
Overview of Policing in B.C.  Residents of B.C. receive police services from an RCMP provincial force, 62 RCMP municipal forces, 11 independent municipal police departments, one First Nations Administered Police Service (FNAPS), and the RCMP federal force. Municipal, provincial, and federal Integrated Teams, the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU, formerly known as the Organized Crime Agency of British Columbia), and the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific railway police forces also provide specialized law enforcement within the province.

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