Big Thinking for Small Business – BC Chamber of Commerce Releases Chamber Network’s Recovery Plan Including BBOT Priorities on Tax Reform, Sustainability, and Land Use

The BC Chamber of Commerce has publicly released their three-part plan for economic recovery: Big Thinking for Small Business. The Economic Recovery Submission is made up of 54 policy recommendations that focus on competitiveness, innovation, and inclusivity, which were developed in concert with local chambers of commerce and boards of trade from across BC.

This official recovery plan includes several Burnaby Board of Trade policy positions, including on the fixing the employer health tax, reforming how property tax is calculated, supporting small businesses in the area of sustainability, and protecting our supply of industrial land.  Province-wide in scope, the plan aims to guide the Province on stimulating BC’s economy through measures that support small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The plan is made up of three pillars:

  1. Let’s Compete

A made-in-BC tax system that supports recovery & growth (and generates revenue for government), to investment in transportation, trade-enabling infrastructure, and resource projects, are all pivotal to support our economic foundation and to create a competitive and resilient future for our province.

  1. Let’s Innovate

Economic diversification is essential. Our approach to recovery needs to venture into forward-thinking opportunities – we need to focus on creating good jobs in every sector, explore opportunity in emerging economies, while also addressing issues related to climate change.

  1. Let’s Be Inclusive

Recovery must include systemic changes that advance economic reconciliation and create equitable opportunities for all British Columbians. We need to get back to work, rethink childcare, develop rural and remote economies, and improve accessibility.

Let’s act quickly and with smart policy! Read more about the Economic Recovery Submission here.