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 2017-18 Policy & Positions Manual 

BC Chamber's 2017-18 Policy & Positions Manual Tracker 

BC Chamber's 2017-18 Policy & Positions Manual - Government Responses  

BC Chamber's 2016-17 Policy & Positions Manual - Government Responses                                                 

2016
Natural Resources, Healthy Communities
With a growing population, and increasing housing demand in Metro Vancouver and other cities around the province, industrial lands have been significantly decreased through both absorption and rezoning over the last 30 years.  Much of the land base is lost due to market pressure to convert industrial lands to other land uses, such as multi-family residential and commercial developments, in order to accommodate ever more population growth.
2016
Natural Resources
Old-growth forests have significant economic, social, and environmental value as tourism resources, wildlife habitat, carbon sinks, clean water sources for fisheries, and are important parts of many First Nations cultures. Old growth forests today enjoy a relatively high degree of protection; with the Great Bear Rainforest Agreement, approximately 55% of coastal old growth rainforest is now preserved.
2016
Natural Resources
The forest industry continues to be an important contributor to the province’s economy. In 2013, total economic output for the sector was $31.4 billion.  Total Gross Domestic Product (GDP) from the sector was $12.4 billion of which $5.8 billion was direct GDP.
2016
Natural Resources
The B.C. forest industry is a major contributor to the provincial economy and is important to the social fabric and economic well-being of communities throughout the province.
2016
Finance & Taxation
B.C. is the only province in the country to levy a healthcare premium, while other provinces such as Ontario and Quebec use a payroll and/or income tax surcharge. Further, this is a flat tax impacting all equally. The Province recently announced some changes to help alleviate the hardship caused on those with lower incomes. However, this does not address business costs as most provide MSP as part of a benefits package for their employees or the increases that are carried by employers with a union workforce.
2016
Finance & Taxation
Ever since the re-introduction of the Provincial Sales Tax (PST) back in 2013, issues of administering and collecting the sales tax continues to pop up to this day.  The latest issue involving the PST is regarding the collection of the sales tax by real property contractors.
2016
Finance & Taxation, Regulation
Education, and sometimes enforcement, is needed to ensure out of province companies are aware and follow B.C.’s labour laws, Highway & Transportation regulations, WorkSafeBC requirements, and tax laws - by creating educational opportunities, increased auditing, and enforcement of legislation. 
2016
Finance & Taxation
The potential in the agriculture industry within B.C. is well recognized by industry and government alike, yet we need to take measures to continue to enhance the competitiveness of this industry, in both the domestic and international markets.
2016
Local & Regional Government, Healthy Communities
Brownfields are an ongoing problem in communities across Canada. They affect both large cities and small rural municipalities, and can be any size – from small, former gas stations to large chemical processing sites.
2016
Regulation, Healthy Communities
Currently, if a home or commercial property has been identified as being used to cultivate or manufacture drugs, illegal or otherwise, it would not be financeable by a mainstream conventional mortgage due to a lack of a standardized remediation schedule that is universally acceptable to lenders and insurers.

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