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  • 26/07/2019|Kamloops Chamber and 10 additional Thompson-Okanagan Regional Chambers Meet with BC Govt

    For Immediate Release
    July 26, 2019
    Kamloops Chamber and 10 additional Thompson-Okanagan Regional Chambers Meet with BC Government
    Policies discussion hosted by BC Chamber aims to improve business climate in the region

    KAMLOOPS - On July 23rd, 11 Chambers of Commerce from the Thompson-Okanagan met with 18 government representatives—including Deputy Ministers and Assistant Deputy Ministers across 12 ministries —to discuss both local and Pan-Provincial issues affecting businesses in the region. Acacia Pangilinan, Executive Director of the Kamloops Chamber, along with Colin O’Leary, Board Director represented Kamloops in Kelowna and brought forward 7 policies from Kamloops Chamber members.

    The network presented its policies (adopted at the 2019 BC Chamber AGM), which contained specific recommendations to government.

    Specifically, the consortium addressed the following:
    Pan-Provincial issues including:
    • Taxation (Competitiveness)
    • Species-At-Risk Act legislation and considering the impacts on business
    • Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Emergency Preparedness
    Thompson-Okanagan regional concerns, namely:
    • Developing sufficient stock of accessible market and rental housing
    • Accelerating the development of transportation infrastructure
    • Supporting a prosperous tree fruit sector
    • Improving healthcare with physician extenders
    • Growing an aerospace innovation cluster
    “Bringing forward policies to government that are powered by our membership is an important part of the work of the Kamloops Chamber. We brought forward key issues our members face and had the opportunity to engage in good dialogue with the government representatives.” says Joshua Knaak, President of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

    The BC Chamber and its local Chamber Network will be meeting with government in regions across the province over the next three months. These consultations were created to enable the BC Chamber network to communicate directly with government and propose legislative and policy solutions that will expand opportunities for business, strengthen BC’s economy, and drive deeper consultations with government moving forward.

    Media Contact:
    Joshua Knaak
    Acacia Pangilinan
    Executive Director