VBOT gives Federal Budget 2015 an A- grade

The Vancouver Board of Trade, representing thousands of businesses across Greater Vancouver and B.C., has assigned an overall grade of “A-” to Federal Budget 2015. This grade was awarded as a result of the budget’s focus on incentives to promote small and medium-sized businesses, improve gender diversity in business, and bolster national infrastructure.

Message from the President and CEO Re: Bylaw 280

Earlier today, an important announcement was made by B.C.'s Minister of Environment, Hon. Mary Polak. In an unusual move, Minister Polak announced that the Province will not approve a Metro Vancouver bylaw passed (and sent to the minister for rubber stamping) a year ago. The now-rejected "Bylaw 280" would have changed the way our region deals with waste management - and the way your business would have disposed of its garbage.

Media Release: VBOT applauds Provincial review of solid waste management plan

The Vancouver Board of Trade applauds today’s announcement that the Province will formally review Metro Vancouver’s solid waste management plan.

Media Release: VBOT surveys business community on civic election issues

With only one month remaining before Vancouverites head to the polls, The Vancouver Board of Trade has released results from its 2014 Municipal Election Survey, giving insights into some of the top priorities and concerns of Greater Vancouver's business community.

VBOT shares regional transportation vision with Mayors' Council

The Vancouver Board of Trade has sent a letter to Mayor Richard Walton, Chair of the Mayors’ Council on Regional Transportation, outlining a number of priorities for the movement of goods and people throughout Metro Vancouver. The letter, which was sent by Board of Trade President and CEO Iain Black, aims to “assist the region’s Mayors in the preparation of a regional transportation vision.” Included in the letter is “The Vancouver Board of Trade’s Principles for Regional Transportation,” a list developed by volunteer members of the Board’s Metro Vancouver Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.

VBOT submits more feedback regarding women on boards

Last week, The Vancouver Board of Trade submitted additional feedback to the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) regarding proposed regulatory changes that would increase the involvement of women on corporate boards and in senior management positions.

Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement a boon for B.C.

The Vancouver Board of Trade welcomes today’s news that Canada and South Korea have reached a historic free trade agreement — a move that will strengthen ties with a key trading partner for many businesses across Metro Vancouver and B.C.

VBOT warns port shutdown will hurt B.C.’s economy

The Vancouver Board of Trade is expressing grave concerns about a looming work stoppage planned by Unifor and the United Truckers Association (UTA), which would seriously affect operations at Port Metro Vancouver — the largest and busiest port in Canada.

Board gives federal budget 2014 a B+ grade

The Vancouver Board of Trade, representing thousands of businesses in British Columbia, has assigned an overall grade of “B+” to Economic Action Plan 2014, based on strong progress towards a surplus budget and overall focus on fiscal prudence.

Board of Trade CEO joins roundtable on CETA’s economic benefits

The Vancouver Board of Trade’s President and CEO, Iain Black, participated in a roundtable discussion Oct. 25 with federal Minister of International Trade, Ed Fast, on the recently signed Canada-EU trade deal.