Burnaby, May 25, 2018 – More than 230 business and Chamber leaders debated, discussed, and passed 33 new business and economic policies today at the BC Chamber’s 67th Annual General Meeting in Burnaby.
Passed policy resolutions of note include:
- Streamlining the Regulatory Transition of the BC Cannabis Industry: submitted by the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce
- Reducing Use of Single-Use Plastics: submitted by the Surrey Board of Trade
- WorksafeBC – Refund Overfunded Surplus to Employers: submitted by the Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, Chemainus Chamber of Commerce, Ladysmith Chamber of Commerce and Lake Cowichan Chamber of Commerce and the Surrey Board of Trade
- Species-At-Risk Legislation: Consider the Impact to Business: submitted by the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce
- Amending the Property Assessment Process to Protect Businesses from Unsustainable Taxation: submitted by the Burnaby Board of Trade
- Three ‘Emergency Management’ Resolutions:
- Enhancing Preparedness and Prevention: submitted by Prince George Chamber of Commerce
- Wildfire interface and Prevention: submitted by the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce
- Floods, an emerging economic threat requiring action: submitted by the Surrey Board of Trade
- Three rental housing policies*:
- Enable a Sustainable Rental Housing Market: submitted by the Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce
- Get More Rental Housing onto the Market – Now: submitted by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce
- Create Purpose-Built Rental Housing: submitted by the Surrey Board of Trade.
*These three policies are to be amalgamated by the BC Chamber Policy Staff into a single chamber policy on rental housing
In total, 70 policies were submitted and supported by 55 Chambers from across BC. The remaining 35 policies will be debated in today’s final policy session. The final Policy Resolution Manual available in late June.
The passed policies will become part of the BC Chamber’s advocacy agenda.
Director of Communications, BC Chamber of Commerce