Prince George, June 9, 2017 – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce is pleased to return from the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and delighted to announce three new advocacy wins for Prince George this year. According to Corey Naphtali, President of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce, “Leveraging the strength of the BC Chamber network is critical in ensuring our community’s advocacy needs are getting the attention they deserve”
From May 25-27, the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce hosted the BC Chamber Annual General Meeting & Conference, the province’s foremost business gathering. Tagged, “THE PEOPLE WHO POWER BC”, the event drew an attendance of 192 people representing 60 Chambers Province wide. At the AGM, there were a total of 64 resolutions passed this year. The Prince George Chamber of Commerce sponsored or co-sponsored three resolutions that were passed and adopted by the provincial membership and now become part of the BC Chamber official policy manual used for advocacy to the Provincial and Federal governments. The resolutions put forward by the Prince George Chamber include:
- Access to Justice: Further Development & Expansion of the Civil Resolutions Tribunal – In order to help speed up and simplify the process of settling small legal disputes for businesses, and other civil litigants (avoiding excess costs and uncertainty), we recommend timely implementation of the Civil Resolutions Tribunal Act to the full $35,000 limit; to making sure this dispute resolution mechanism is properly resourced; and supporting options for expansion of the Tribunal.
- C. Provincial Nominee Program: Supporting the Labour Needs of Today and Tomorrow – The Chamber recommends improvements to the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) to meet labour requirements of large scale projects of strategic importance, and to make sure it meets the labour needs of BC. Specifically, the Chamber suggests the transfer of unused allocations of the PNP from other Provinces and or territories to B.C.; developing PNP streams for other in-demand sectors including, technology, engineering and skilled trades; improving data collection on secondary migration patterns to help the Province determine how to support and attract immigrants to smaller communities throughout the Province; and ensuring the availability of adequate resources to maintain effective BC PNP processing times.
- Port and Major Airport Share Capitalization – Privatization of the major ports and airports, the AGM agreed, was ill-advised as it would only serve to provide short term capital inflows, to the detriment of Canadian public and business communities and challenge their long term economic competitiveness. As key gateway infrastructure critical to tap into new markets, the Chamber recommends the continuance of the current governance model for Canada ports and airports, direct engagement with stakeholders and industry experts and exploration of modernization and alterations to governance structures for airports where the local communities feel it is necessary.
Communications Coordinator, Prince George Chamber of Commerce