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.

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 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  

BC Chamber's 2016-17 Policy & Positions Manual

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

                               

2018
Healthy Communities
The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a consensus, international human rights instrument elaborating standards for the survival, dignity, security and well-being of Indigenous peoples of the world. MP Romeo Saganash’s private members bill on implementation of the UN Declaration, Bill C-262, had second reading in Parliament.
2018
Finance & Taxation
On July 18, 2017, Finance Canada launched a consultation on proposals to stop “tax-planning strategies involving corporations which are being used to gain unfair tax advantages.” These changes will have a significant impact, raising taxes and increasing the administrative burden on thousands of businesses across Canada. The following policy will lay out several of the primary issues these proposed changes will create and outlines a recommendation for moving forward.
2018
Regulation
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.
2018
Trade & Technology
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) recently put out a Proposal – Maximum Chemical Contaminant Levels in Livestock Feeds. This proposal included several initiatives which are harmful to businesses and will have the effect of reducing trade opportunities by prohibiting the export of certain products to countries despite the fact that the products meet those country’s requirements for import. In addition, regulatory changes were implemented without review and consultation by the industry. Intervention in this process is needed to maintain current trade opportunities and protect the competitiveness of Canadian businesses.
2018
Trade & Technology
The Ministry of Small Business and Revenue was charged with leading the Single Business License Initiative, working closely with UBCM, the Ministry of Community Services, and key stakeholders, to develop a model that streamlined business licensing processes while retaining municipalities’ powers to set local standards for businesses operating within their jurisdictions.

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