For Immediate Release
May 31, 2016
KELOWNA, B.C. — The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s seven policy resolutions were adopted at this week’s BC Chamber of Commerce AGM in Kelowna. The seven resolutions put forward by the Board of Trade address pressing issues identified by the recently released Greater Vancouver Economic Scorecard, including housing, infrastructure, and improved regional coordination.
“The BC Chamber brings together more than 60 of chambers of commerce and boards of trade from across the province to discuss and debate the issues that are most important to our respective memberships,” said Iain Black, President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.
“We were very pleased to receive overwhelming support for the issues that we identified as vital to our Members, and were proud to collaborate and support several other chambers from our region, including the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce.”
Resolutions adopted by the AGM process become a part of the BC Chamber’s advocacy agenda to the Provincial Government.
The Board of Trade’s resolution on housing supply is directly informed by the Greater Vancouver Economic Scorecard. The resolution aims to support increased density and diversity in the housing supply through the elimination of administrative barriers and red tape.
Another resolution that was adopted with near-unanimous support was entitled “Reviewing Regional District Accountability.” This resolution aims to clarify the role of regional districts and increase efficiency and effectiveness through a review of their scope, accountability and governance.
Resolutions sponsored or co-sponsored by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade:
o Reviewing Regional District Accountability
o Addressing the Housing Crunch Through Increasing Supply
o Protecting our Infrastructure (Asset Management) — Co-sponsored with the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
o Protection of Industrial Lands for Future Prosperity — Co-sponsored with the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
o The Need for an Innovative Approach to Transportation for an Increasingly Urban Province — Co-sponsored with the Greater Langley Chamber of and Richmond Chambers of Commerce
o Credit Card Merchant Fees — Co-sponsored with the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce
o Enhancing Canada’s Air Travel Competitiveness — Co-sponsored with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, Whistler Chamber of Commerce, and Prince George Chamber of Commerce
About the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade:
Since its inception in 1887, the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade has been recognized as Pacific Canada’s leading business association, engaging members to positively impact public policy at all levels of government and to succeed and prosper in the global economy. With a Membership whose employees comprise one third of B.C.’s workforce, we are the largest business association between Victoria and Toronto. We leverage this collective strength, facilitating networking opportunities, and providing professional development through four unique Signature Programs. In addition, we operate one of the largest events businesses in the country, providing a platform for national and international business and thought leaders to further enlighten B.C.’s business leaders.