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, Regulation, Healthy Communities
The beauty of British Colombia is intrinsically tied to tourism, external investment, and the health of our communities. In 2003, Canada and British Columbia signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a National Marine Conservation Area (NMCA) Reserve in the southern Strait of Georgia. Within the NMCA Reserve boundaries, the marine environment would be protected from ocean dumping, undersea mining, and oil and gas exploration and development.
2016
Natural Resources
B.C. and Canada’s resource development projects, and associated infrastructure, are an economic enabler for its economy, allowing value added sectors to develop, create jobs, and compete.
2016
Natural Resources
British Columbia’s coal industry makes a significant contribution to the provincial economy through employment, tax revenue and contribution to the provincial GDP.  Coal exports accounted for 8.5% of B.C.’s total exports in 2015. 
2016
Environment & Climate Change, Regulation
Renewable, sustainable and carbon neutral power is a key to our province’s future. Other jurisdictions around the world, most notably the southwestern U.S., have passed policy and legislation that has fueled impressive renewable energy industries that include solar photovoltaics (PV), wind, and other renewable energy sources, in addition to hydro power.
2016
Local & Regional Government, Regulation
As these regional bodies have changed over time, there have been periodic reviews to assess whether the system should be changed. Recommendations from those reviews since the late 1960s have been selectively implemented. However, it has been nearly 20 years since the last comprehensive review of regional governments, during which time the role of these organizations has evolved considerably.
2016
Finance & Taxation, Healthy Communities
Metro Vancouver does not pay a hospital tax whereas the rest of British Columbia does. Initially Metro Vancouver was forgiven the Hospital Tax so that there could be an increase in the taxation to support the regional transit system.   As the taxation for transit has not been fully implemented, the Hospital Tax should be reinstated, once again ensuring that there is equal taxation throughout the province.
2016
Natural Resources, Healthy Communities
B.C. is blessed with an abundance of natural resources. Timber, coal, natural gas, water and precious metals are available for extraction and development. The development of our natural resources will provide a stable economy and quality of life to British Columbians for generations to come.
2016
Healthy Communities
Dr. Paul Kershaw, from Generation Squeeze and UBC’s Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), found that work-life conflicts of parents raising young children is actually costly for employers resulting in higher absenteeism rates, greater turnover, and increased use of employer-funded extended health benefits. 
2016
Transportation & Infrastructure
​Urban productivity, livability, and local community investment is highly dependent on the efficient and smooth movement of people, goods and services.  As urban areas continue to grow, new infrastructure, demand management tools and innovative solutions will be required to maintain an efficient flow of people, goods and services.
2016
Transportation & Infrastructure, Regulation
The taxi industry is overregulated and new business models of transportation are expanding globally. B.C. needs to introduce ridesharing legislation and remove red tape on our taxi industry to improve transportation affordability and flexibility.

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