BC Businesses Call on Labour Minister to Act to Avoid Employee Terminations and Small Business Bankruptcies
Business organizations representing almost all of British Columbia’s 500,000 businesses are frustrated by Labour Minister Harry Bains refusal to appreciate the severity of current business challenges. At issue specifically is the potential for bankruptcy and insolvency for thousands of small and medium-sized businesses and not-for-profits as they are forced to payout severance costs due to […]
Hon. Minister James announced early this week that landlords who are eligible for CERCA but don’t apply will be prevented from evicting tenants for at least the next month. A joint letter to provincial/territorial governments from the BC Chamber of Commerce in late May, and BC Chamber CEO Val Litwin’s recent op-ed in the Vancouver Sun, called for more landlord participation […]
Like you, in the past month we’ve had to pivot quickly. Our full-time job has been to advocate on behalf of the thousands of local businesses like yours that have been impacted (and in many cases devastated by) the current economic downturn.
The BC Chamber of Commerce (and its 120-member chamber network) in partnership with Small Business BC, The BC Economic Development Association, and Community Futures BC, launched a survey on March 13 to understand specific impacts BC businesses are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic – and hear their proposed solutions. As of March 18, almost […]
Today the BC Government announced its COVID-19 Action Plan, which was directly informed by the BC Chamber’s COVID-19 Business Impact Survey.
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 […]
Our 2018 AGM & Conference told a story of strong engagement and collaboration among our network. 52 resolutions were put forward with various levels of collaboration on 27 of those policies — from co-submitting resolutions to many resolutions with supporting chambers. The end result? Deeper, richer and more meaningful policies that have potential for a wider impact. […]
From electoral reform to the speculation tax and a competitive LNG industry — 20 resolutions pass at BC Chamber AGM
From electoral reform to the speculation tax and a competitive LNG industry — 20 resolutions pass at BC Chamber AGM Kamloops, May 25, 2018 – More than 200 business and Chamber leaders debated, discussed, and passed 20 new business and economic policies today at the BC Chamber’s 66th Annual General Meeting in Kamloops. Passed policy resolutions of note on day one include: Minimizing Undue Negative […]
Vancouver, February 8, 2018 – The BC Chamber of Commerce calls on the provincial government to maintain certainty and predictability as minimum wage set to rise to by 2021. “Predictability and certainty are what’s on our members’ minds,” said Val Litwin, President and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “While front-loading the minimum wage […]