Policies

Policy and Positions

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.
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 2019-20 Policy & Positions Manual

BC Chamber's 2018-19 Policy & Positions Manual

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

BC Chamber's 2017-18 Policy & Positions Manual

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

      

Budget Submissions              

Every year the BC Chamber of Commerce and its network the opportunity to share what’s on our members’ minds when it comes to key measures that should be included in the BC Budget.

BC Chamber’s 2020 Budget Submission 

2018
Natural Resources
MapPlace is an award-winning website designed to facilitate easy access to the maps and databases of the Ministry of Energy and Mines. Developed by Ministry staff (with valuable input from the private sector), it has been heavily used by industry, and by government and academia, for the past twenty years and makes government’s geological databases easily available to those involved in exploring, managing and developing our mineral resource endowment. It provides a variety of sophisticated tools for performing spatial searches, mapping, hardcopy reproduction and limited GIS functions.
2018
Natural Resources
The BC Geological Survey (BCGS) is responsible for producing and housing public geological and geoscientific information about BC’s geology, including mineral resources and mineral potential in the province, as well as geologic information relevant to land use planning and hazard assessment. It is BC’s permanent repository for geoscience data and information in the province.
2018
Natural Resources
Our provincial and national economies are currently being held in gridlock due to unanticipated and unprecedented delays in authorization and permitting of key resource development projects. The Federal government has recently adopted a new process for decision making on energy related projects. Without getting into the practicalities of their newly released process, the fact that there are clear steps, and timelines is certainly to be applauded.  A similar process is of high importance for projects that fall within a provincial mandate.
2018
Natural Resources
In 2011, we commented that although mineral exploration expenditures had been rising due to high commodity prices BC should not take continued high prices for granted.  Post 2012 saw exploration expenditures plummet to $205 million in 2016, slightly recovering to $246 million in 2017.
2018
Natural Resources
BC has excellent geology for the discovery and production of metals and mineral products. Mining has long been a mainstay of our economy. Gross revenues for BC’s mining industry in 2016 were $8.7 billion.[1] To sustain the industry requires continued exploration to replace mineral reserves as they are depleted.  The “stockpile” of known mineral reserves are declining and new discoveries are urgently required to ensure a health and vibrant mining industry.
2018
Natural Resources
British Columbia is well endowed with mineral resources and possesses healthy mineral exploration and mining industries. These provide a strong economic foundation for the province, making it a leading global supplier of minerals. Two organizations working to support the exploration and mining industries are the BC Geological Survey (BCGS) and Geoscience BC. Although BCGS is a provincial government geoscience agency and Geoscience BC is a not-for-profit geoscience society, both groups have complementary goals and work collaboratively.
2018
Natural Resources
British Columbia is Canada’s second largest natural gas producer with current reserves sufficient to last 300-plus years at current demand levels. Cheap, reliable and clean energy is a central pillar of the province’s economy, providing essential energy products to global markets, supporting thousands of jobs and contributing billions of dollars in revenue. Extraction of unconventional natural gas, which is accessed through horizontal drilling and the hydraulic fracturing process, has the potential to grow in the coming years.
2018
Natural Resources
Mineral exploration expenditures in BC peaked at a level of $681 million in 2012. Post 2012 exploration spending collapsed to $272 million in 2015, and to $205 million in 2016 (Source: MEMPR), wreaking severe hardship on the sector. Subsequently, in 2017 there was a very modest recovery of $246 million dollars, much of which was on more advanced projects. Of special concern is the lack of spending on grass roots exploration, although there has been a recovery in the number of early-stage projects.
2018
Regulation
In January 2017, BC Hydro received final approval from the BC Utilities Commission (BCUC) for a rate increase on new connections to take effect April 1st, 2017. The short notice period provided was insufficient for the residential construction industry to adapt pricing and project timelines adequately, leaving many small businesses to have to absorb the additional costs. 
2018
Trade & Technology
Opening Statement Every year, governments at all levels spend billions of dollars on goods and services from large construction projects to one-off catering contracts. There is increased momentum to harness that procurement power to help raise individuals out of poverty, increase supplier diversity and create community benefits to grow healthy economies and address social need.  

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