Prince George, September 29, 2017 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce recently joined Chambers from across the country at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM & Conference held in Fredericton New Brunswick Sept. 23 to 25, 2017.
The annual Conference provides the business community across Canada with the opportunity to discuss key issues affecting Chamber members. The Prince George Chamber joined the Canadian Chamber membership in passing a resolution opposing the proposed Federal tax changes for incorporated businesses. The resolution, entitled “Stop the Harmful Tax Changes on Private Corporations” is a key policy position that the Canadian Chamber will advocate to the Federal Government on behalf of its members.
“The Prince George Chamber knows this proposed tax change will significantly impact some of our members and Prince George’s economy as a whole”, says Prince George Chamber CEO Erika Ewacha. “Small business really is the backbone of our economy, so we’re adding our voice to the broader Chamber movement against these changes”.
The Prince George Chamber added its vote supporting the resolution as well as signed a petition that was circulated at the conference. The Canadian Chamber is also circulating an online petition against the proposed tax changes. A link to the petition can be found at www.chamber.ca.
“Our local Chamber members can help too”, says Corey Naphtali, Prince George Chamber President. “We encourage our members, and all businesses that are affected by these proposed changes, to write to the Federal Government, and describe how this will impact your business and livelihood.”
The Prince George Chamber co-sponsored two policy resolutions written with the support of local members; “B.C. Provincial Nominee Program: Supporting the Labour Needs of Today and Tomorrow” and “Port and Major Airport Share Capitalization”. Both resolutions were approved with amendments, and will be a part of the Canadian Chamber’s advocacy agenda.
The Prince George Chamber was also recognized at the AGM for its status of Accreditation with Distinction. Accreditation is a formal acknowledgement that member Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade have been successfully evaluated by the Chamber Accreditation Council of Canada against rigorous national standards of policy, service and performance.
The Prince George Chamber of Commerce has been the “voice of business” in Prince George for over 100 years, currently representing over 715 members. Businesses, organizations, and individuals can join the Chamber membership online at www.pgchamber.bc.ca to access benefits and escalate concerns and challenges facing the local business community.
Erika Ewacha, CEO