Changes to BC Meat Inspection Regulation (MIR) requirements for all provincially licensed abattoirs (slaughter facilities) in BC came into force in 2004, and compliance became mandatory on September 30, 2007. The changes and upgrades required were suited to large scale operations but costly for community scale (small and medium) meat producers and abattoirs causing some […]
Agricultural Land Commission Regulation Reform Creating Principles-Based Farm Land Use Policy (2018)
The BC Agriculture Land Commission (ALC) has a well-developed regulatory framework to serve the purposes of Section 6 of the Agricultural Land Commission Act: to preserve agricultural land; to encourage farming in collaboration with other communities of interest; and to encourage local governments, First Nations, the government and its agents to enable and accommodate […]
As outlined in a report by the BC government, the aquaculture industry accounted for over 65% of the total landed value of BC seafood in 2016 ($776.8 million), and farm-raised salmon is the top seafood commodity. There are serious challenges facing the aquaculture industry in Canada and BC in particular. Salmon farming has grown to […]
However, Chamber calls for a distinct ridesharing model, and faster implementation Nov. 19, 2018, VANCOUVER — The BC Chamber of Commerce is pleased with today’s introduction of the Passenger Transportation Amendment Act, that will allow app-based ‘ride-hailing’ companies in BC. “Ride-hailing services will provide reliable transportation options across the province, especially in more rural communities […]
Vancouver, August 13, 2018 – After meeting with representatives from the Richmond and BC Chambers of Commerce, Honourable Jinny Sims, Minister of Citizens’ Services, acted swiftly to bolster the Chamber brand across British Columbia. Minister Sims has introduced a protocol effective immediately wherein any organization which wishes to register in BC under either the name “Chamber of Commerce” or […]
In a joint submission to the BC Labour Relations Code Review Panel, the BC Chamber of Commerce – along with 12 other significant business associations – has called on the BC Government to protect workers’ rights to a secret ballot in union certification votes. Read the full submission here.
In response to more than a decade of calls from the Union of British Columbia Municipalities in May 2017, Transport Canada announced an Abandoned Boats Program (ABP) to assist in the assessment, removal and disposal of abandoned and/or wrecked small boats that pose a hazard in Canadian waters. The objectives of the ABP are to: […]