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 2016 - 2017 Policy and Positions Manual

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2016
Transportation & Infrastructure
With increased volume of goods and materials moved by commercial trucking each year, and a growing shortage of professional drivers, there is now, more than ever, reason for companies to increasingly push their drivers to get the loads delivered as fast as possible, with the least amount of downtime. This problem can be reduced with the mandatory use of Electronic Onboard Recorders and driver electronic logging devices (ELDs) in all commercial vehicles.
2016
Transportation & Infrastructure, Skilled Workforce
There has never been a better opportunity to help the trucking industry obtain the skilled professional truck drivers it needs, and improve public safety at the same time. By 2020, the Conference Board of Canada expects the industry will need between 25,000-33,000 new truck drivers. Some of that demand will come from an expanding industry, while some will be needed to replace a retiring workforce. 
2016
Transportation & Infrastructure
Despite its efforts to reduce operating costs and even with 2015 increases in ridership, BC Ferries has increased its fares, which can affect employment opportunities and property values, especially in coastal communities, as well as B.C.’s overall GDP and tax revenues.
2016
Transportation & Infrastructure
To make the most of public investments, and eliminate the municipal infrastructure deficit, municipal governments need predictable, long-term revenue.  The permanent and indexed federal Gas Tax Fund was a step toward that goal, laying the groundwork for a national plan to eliminate the municipal infrastructure deficit.
2016
Public Finance & Taxation
The importance of succession planning and the creation of a business exit strategy remains critical.  The top reason for exiting a business is retirement.  The economic impact of the retiring baby boomer generation of SME business owners should not be underestimated. 
2016
Healthy Communities
​The economic development of any community relies upon its reputation as a safe, viable region in which to locate and do business with supporting infrastructure, community assets, and most importantly, customers willing to walk in the door. However, if customers feel unsafe, they won’t come. If the reputation of a region is suspect, businesses won’t come. If the media targets a community as one in which prolific offenders reside, its economy suffers.
2016
Healthy Communities
The primary goal of Daylight Saving Time is to conserve energy, but whether DST actually saves energy is unclear and there are many contradictory studies. There are, however, even more studies that tell us that the change itself can cause accidents, injuries and even deaths.  Many of these issues are related to sleep pattern change that the biennial shift mandates.
2016
Public Finance & Taxation, Transportation & Infrastructure
Domestic air travel within Canada is significantly more expensive than domestic air travel across the United States. The high cost of Canadian domestic air travel makes it inaccessible to some Canadians and limits Canada’s ability to grow the tourism industry and to operate multi-city Canadian businesses.
2016
Transportation & Infrastructure
In a large country, with low population density, and regional economic diversity, air travel serves as a vital link within a broader national transportation network that includes highways, rail, and sea ways. Canada’s economy is very dependent on trade, thus making the facilitation of trade an important issue.
2016
Public Finance & Taxation, Transportation & Infrastructure
​In 1994, the Canadian government created the Airport Capital Assistance Program (ACAP), as part of the National Airports Policy (NAP), to provide essential funding to Canada’s 200 regional/local airports for safety improvements. The program is a valuable tool to the nation’s eligible airports, however, ACAP’s program and funding structures have not been kept up to date to meet the demands of the industry as well as inflation rates over the past 20 years.

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