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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Skilled Workforce, Productivity
B.C. business and industry can become, and remain, competitive only through continued investment and maintenance of the highest standards in the development of human capital. These standards must effectively meet international levels of competitiveness, reflecting the changing needs of world economic activity to keep B.C. business and industry competitive in the future.
Public Finance & Taxation, Local & Regional Government
As civic leaders, and in their role as stewards of our community, municipally elected representatives arguably have the strongest influence over our day-to-day lives.  Municipal politicians play a significant role in ensuring BC has a positive business environment by overseeing operational and capital budgets, setting land use policies and providing the infrastructure needed to ensure a healthy and vibrant economy.  It is important then that provincial legislation and reporting requirements support them in this endeavor.
Local & Regional Government
There are a number of municipalities across the province whose borders are immediately adjacent and where residents conduct their business and personal lives with fluidity across municipalities. Nonetheless, these neighbouring municipalities are individual units and are autonomous entities under the Local Government Act. Though some argue that there is advantage to maintaining separate municipalities, there are instances where it would certainly be more expedient for immediately adjacent municipalities to amalgamate.
Local & Regional Government, Healthy Communities
Derelict properties can be an obstacle to the positive economic, social, and cultural development of a community. Even a single derelict building can bring down the value of surrounding properties and businesses, pushing development elsewhere and encouraging the type of inefficient sprawl that carries with it significant economic and environmental externalities.
Natural Resources
Aquaculture is the fastest growing agri-food industry in the world.  The United Nations Fisheries and Agriculture Organization has estimated that global aquaculture production will outpace commercial fisheries by 2030. In Canada production has flatlined over the past ten years. There are serious challenges facing the aquaculture industry in Canada in general and B.C. in particular.
Skilled Workforce, Natural Resources, Healthy Communities
Technologists and engineers are needed to accommodate the economic growth the province of B.C. is experiencing.  Based on results from the detailed and comprehensive Applied Technical Education & Engineering Consortium survey of labor market supply and needs, the current supply is inadequate to the emerging needs.  Although many of these jobs and the projects associated with them are located in the northern part of B.C., in the end, this is not a northern problem but something that affects all of B.C. and its economy.
Skilled Workforce
As Canada’s Asia Pacific Gateway, the province of B.C. is at the forefront of the pacific century.  While this provides new opportunities for industry development and investment in the province, increasingly, participation in this marketplace will demand a new look at the commitment to attracting skilled employees and talented entrepreneurs to the province and country. 
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Natural Resources, Regulation
Governments and the private sector are increasingly integrating economic, environmental and social sustainability into their operations, economies and communities. The Canadian government can play a central role in Canada and internationally by demonstrating leadership in environmental and social sustainability.

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