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
B.C. is Canada’s Pacific Gateway, the preferred gateway for Asian trade to North America and the world. Transportation is a key support for economic growth and development. That’s why it is singled out for special focus in 2012-2020 Pacific Gateway Transportation Plan. More than any other sector, it serves the dual purpose of generating direct employment and underpinning job creation, development and progress throughout B.C.
2017
Transportation & Infrastructure
B.C.’s interior highway system is an extensive network of major routes that connect, not only the interior, but the coastal region to the rest of Canada. Unfortunately, the most direct routes to some of these areas are not an option for transportation of oversized and overweight loads. The section of highway 97 between Macalister, in the south, and Red Rock/Stoner, in the north, being one of the most notable. 
2017
Transportation & Infrastructure, Regulation
Easy access to multi-modal transportation options and well-maintained infrastructure is critical to strong economies and healthy communities. Being able to freely move between municipalities is not only vital to the commerce, but in accessing health, recreation, and social supports.
2017
Transportation & Infrastructure
To sustainably build and manage future growth in cruise and other essential marine industries, GVHA has developed the Ogden Point Master Plan, which builds capacity on its existing footprint. The Ogden Point Master Plan will enhance the cruise capacity of Port Metro Vancouver and boost the visibility and viability of smaller ports including Nanaimo and Prince Rupert.
2017
Transportation & Infrastructure
The Belleville International Ferry Terminal in Victoria is a key international gateway to Greater Victoria and Canada for millions of visitors. Owned by the Government of B.C., the terminal is of strategic importance to the province, with an economic impact of $180 million per year.
2017
Productivity, Regulation
The 2014 container operations at Port of Vancouver were disrupted by a 28-day withdrawal of services by non-union and unionized container truck drivers. A similar 47-day work stoppage took effect in 2005 that pertained escalating fuel prices, further exacerbated by practices of undercutting driver pay by some drayage carriers and operational delays encountered by truckers at marine container terminals. 
2017
Transportation & Infrastructure
Northern B.C.’s tourism economy is significantly affected by BC Ferries Inside Passage sailings during the summer season. Increasing the window of summer sailings to include the first two weeks in June and the last two weeks of September and including 2 year phase in plans for reductions in service will significantly increase Northern B.C.’s tourism competitiveness.
2017
Public Finance & Taxation
In 2014, this policy was written to communicate the impact the public arts and culture sector* makes in developing innovation and critical thinking skills essential to today’s workforce and how investment in this sector equates to investment in B.C.’s economic future. In 2017 this policy still aligns with the B.C. government’s commitment to make strategic investments to: “strengthen and encourage growth in key economic sectors.”
2017
Regulation
In ‘Accessibility 2024’, the provincial government’s goal for BC is to have the highest labour participation rate for people with disabilities in Canada by 2024 (p.12); a laudable and supportable goal. However, there is a sub-set of individuals who receive disability supports that are not well represented in the government literature. These individuals are recovering from a long-term illness and are preparing to re-enter the labour market.
2017
Regulation
Businesses are very interested in ensuring taxes collected are used efficiently and effectively to support thriving communities – maximizing well-being while minimizing waste or duplication between ministries. By supporting the development of a social policy framework, the business community achieves both goals: addressing social challenges effectively and supporting economic growth in their community.

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