The Burnaby Board of Trade successfully lobbied for six public policy proposals tackling issues from property tax to plastic waste to language training to be adopted as official BC Chamber of Commerce provincial policy by the delegates at the 67th BC Chamber Annual General Meeting.
Representatives from chambers of commerce and boards of trade from across BC attended the AGM and voted to adopt the BBOT's positions on:
- Amending the Property Assessment Process to Protect Businesses From Unsustainable Taxation
- Working With and Supporting Business to Act On Plastics Waste
- Addressing Labour Shortages Through the Integration Of Newcomers Via Better Language Training Supports
- Supporting the Success of the Innovation and Creative Economies By Making The BC PNP Tech Pilot Permanent
- Improve BC Registries Services to Support New Businesses
- Making Government Environmental Programs and Incentives More Open to Small Businesses
Paul Holden, president and CEO of the Burnaby Board of Trade says, “One of the most important ways we can serve our business community is to ensure that their voice is heard on the issues that affect their business including everything from the flawed property assessment process driving sky-high tax bills to ways of addressing the labour shortage. We are thrilled that these policy positions resonated with the business community across the province and were adopted.”
These six policies, and the others passed at the AGM, will now form the core of the government advocacy efforts of the BC Chamber of Commerce, the largest and most diverse business association in the province.