Burnaby Board of Trade Positions On Property Tax, Plastic Waste, Language Training and Others Adopted By BC Chamber of Commerce
The Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) 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 that took place this weekend in Burnaby.
Representatives from chambers of commerce and boards of trade from across BC attended the AGM and voted to adopt the BBOT’s positions on the six important issues outlined below. Click on each for more details about the BBOT’s position and our efforts to address these with government:
- 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
One of the most important ways the BBOT serves the business community is to ensure that their voice is heard on the issues that affect their business. These six policies were all member-driven and developed through various BBOT committees/taskforces, or with direct input from various businesses and stakeholders.
These six policies 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, which will add its influential voice to ours in calling for these important changes.
This year’s BC Chamber AGM was attended by over 200 delegates from across the province and was held in Burnaby, BC form May 23 through May 25. Not only did this conference allow the BBOT to advance its advocacy efforts, it generated significant economic spin-off for local hospitality businesses, and showcased our dynamic and growing city to business representatives from across BC and Western Canada.