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
Healthy Communities
A number of the Syrian refugees have various education backgrounds such as engineering, or other professional credentials. Many have had their education interrupted and would like to continue. However, with lengthy waitlists for English instruction that will expedite employment opportunities, a provincial “top up” of the income assistance (IA) funding will assist Syrian and other refugee families transition until their English becomes relatively proficient.
2017
Natural Resources
With approximately fifty percent of Canada’s softwood lumber exports originating from British Columbia, negotiating a renewed softwood lumber agreement with the United States is an imperative and vital necessity to British Columbia’s forest industry and overall economy.
2017
Natural Resources
The Province of British Columbia does not currently have adequately enforceable legislation specifically protecting the paleontological heritage resources and fossil heritage record of this province. This lack of legislation has led to large-scale removal of fossil heritage resources and their associated information from the province.
2017
Public Finance & Taxation
Through the Community Gaming Grants program the province government distributes nearly $135 million of gaming revenue every year to about 5,000 non-profit organizations in BC to run programs to benefit their communities. Changing the current application criteria to permit funding agreements for up to 3-years would produce efficiencies in the program approval process.
2017
Public Finance & Taxation, Healthy Communities
Renovations help provide stability in the housing market, create jobs, add to tax revenues, support local businesses, as well as contribute to local and higher governments’ climate change goals. The federal and provincial governments have an opportunity to incentivize renovations that focus on energy efficiency and greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction.
2017
Regulation
While the current resurgence in hop growth is being driven by perceived demand from craft brewers, the reality is that, in order for craft brewers to actually switch from readily available imported hops to BC grown hops in a meaningful way, there needs to be an incentive that helps to offset the costs associated with recipe changes, marketing changes, breaking of existing contracts, or new capacity to brew a BC hopped beer or cider.
2017
Healthy Communities
A justice system that resolves disputes in a timely and cost-effective manner is a foundation upon which our civil society is based. When legal disputes are allowed to interrupt the lives and business longer than necessary, we all bear the cost. To thrive, business in British Columbia needs a justice system that delivers predictably expeditious resolution of legal matters in accordance with law.
2017
Regulation
For more than a decade the Province has been reviewing and engaging a variety of stakeholders in order to modernize liquor regulations.  They have balanced the views and concerns of British Columbians with the needs of the industry and the demands of consumers. In the time since the announcement noted previously, the Province has implemented many of the changes suggested by the BC Chamber and industry stakeholders though the intended privatization of distribution never occurred.
2017
Healthy Communities
Constraints on the justice system cause costly delays that affect not only the business community, but families, citizens, and taxpayers as well. Alternative dispute resolution mechanisms should be endorsed, and expanded. The Civil Resolutions Tribunal (CRT) is a mechanism with strong potential to give the business community greater access to justice and should be supported.
2017
Skilled Workforce
In the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (CME) Industrie 2030 report, 35% respondents to a Management Issues Survey indicated that attracting or retaining skilled labour was one of their three most pressing challenges. This topped the list of all possible responses. Further, CME reports that close to 60% of businesses anticipate skilled labour shortages in 5 years.

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