Burnaby Board of Trade Wins Push for National Water Policy

This weekend, the Burnaby Board of Trade successfully lobbied for a national water sustainability framework to become official Canadian Chamber of Commerce policy during the national business organization’s Annual General Meeting in Ottawa, Ontario. The Burnaby Board of Trade’s policy was debated and passed by delegates during the two-day AGM. The resolution is now an official policy position of the Canadian Chamber and will be pursued directly with the federal government over the coming months.

“We’re thrilled to have been able to successfully raise the issue of sustainable management of our water resources to this national level,” said Paul Holden, President & CEO of the Burnaby Board of Trade. “The fact is that Canada is not immune to water scarcity, something Burnaby and much of BC saw vividly demonstrated this summer. We felt it was important and timely to call for a national framework so that we better understand water resources we have, how they’re being used, and how best to manage them for sustainable use in the future.”

The policy resolution, entitled Does Our Water Abundance Mask a Potential Challenge?  The Need for a National Water Framework calls on the federal government to work with the provinces and territories to commission research into the sustainability of Canadian water resources and to craft a national water framework with the goal of aligning water policies across the country. View the full policy resolution.