BC CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE POLICY PROCESS

B.C. CHAMBERS OF COMMERCE VOTE FOR INNOVATION IN REGIONAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT, TRANSPARENT APPROACH TO TAXATION IN B.C., & FOR SECURE TOURISM FUNDING

(TRI-CITIES) June 1, 2015 – The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce joined business leaders from across B.C. in Prince George to set a new policy agenda for the BC Chamber of Commerce’s advocacy efforts to the Province calling for a more transparent approach to taxation in B.C., innovation in regional solid waste management; and community and local government policies on rebalancing municipalities and regional districts, and for a provincial role in municipal restructuring, amongst others.
These policies were passed at the BC Chamber Annual General Meeting & Conference, the province’s foremost business gathering, held this year in Prince George May 24-26.

This grassroots policy-building forum brought together chambers from all corners of the province vigorously debate and adopt new policies affecting business operations throughout the province. Policies that are adopted become part of the BC Chamber’s advocacy agenda—a document that is read by every MLA. This year, delegates voted on nearly 50 proposed policies.

Of those policies, the Tri-Cities Chamber proposed a policy entitled Promoting Innovation in Regional Solid Waste Management. This policy is designed to allow greater access for private industry to the waste management and recycling sector and hold regional governments accountable for the costs associated with waste without compromising the high level of recycling that occurs in BC today. The policy was passed with a large consensus.

Other policies voted into force include:

  • A More Transparent Approach to Taxation in B.C.
  • Rebalancing Municipalities and Regional Districts
  • Provincial Role in Municipal Restructuring
  • Making Tourism funding more secure

A complete policy manual will be made available by the BC Chamber at a later date.

Quotes from Michael Hind, Executive Director, Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce:

On the BC Chamber policy process:

“We are proud to be actively engaged in this grassroots policy-development process. This year in Prince George, we joined business leaders from across B.C. and voted on this year’s policy agenda that included proposals from local chambers across the province advocating for business in B.C.”

On Promoting Innovation on Solid Waste Management:

“We are concerned about a potential conflict of interest in the system. Chambers across BC have asked regional governments to structure or restructure waste management policies in a manner that reduces expenditures on publicly-owned facilities when in direct competition with private industry – to promote innovation and investment by private enterprise.”

The Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce is a membership based proactive network of business-minded individuals that are committed to acting as an accessible, visible, supportive and reciprocal resource to our members and the Tri-Cities at large, communicating their collective voice to help shape a prosperous business community.

 

For further information, please contact:

Michael Hind, Executive Director
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
T: 604.468.6870

Aaron Robinson, Public Policy Advisor
Tri-Cities Chamber of Commerce
T: 604.468.6873