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Kamloops Chamber achieves provincial approval and welcomes familiar face to lead BC Chamber Board
Kamloops Chamber achieves provincial approval and welcomes a familiar face to lead BC Chamber Board.
KAMLOOPS, BC – At the 68th BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Conference held virtually on May 22 and 23, delegates voted to approve the three Kamloops Chamber’s proposed recommendations to government. This was the first year the conference was held virtually in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each year, Chambers of Commerce from around BC meet to debate and vote on current business issues that are provincial and national in scope. This year, seventy-three recommendations to government were presented by the local chambers over two days. The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce presented three papers which were all approved and now become policies of the BC Chamber of Commerce.
Kamloops Chamber members voted to bring forward:
- Residential Tenancy Act Reform
- New and Increased Provincial Taxes Impacting Business and Economic Growth
- Land Trust Initiative
Next, each policy will be published in a manual and presented to provincial and federal governments. The Kamloops Chamber will attend a regional consultation with senior staff and deputy ministers this year to bring forward the policies that are provincial in nature. These meetings will discuss these recommendations for potential adoption by government.
Kamloops Chamber member, Aleece Laird of Amplify Consulting Inc. was also sworn in as the Chair of the BC Chamber of Commerce for 2020 – 2021. Laird was President of the Kamloops Chamber in 2014 and joined the BC Chamber Board in 2016.
1. Residential Tenancy Act Reform
Amending the Residential Tenancy Act in order to strike the right balance between protecting the landlord and protecting the tenant.
2. New and Increased Provincial Taxes Impacting Business and Economic Growth
Establishing a clear and transparent method of communicating the results of tax changes to the public and business.
3. Land Trust Initiative
Amending and adding to the Income Tax Act to encompass donations of land to Community Land Trusts for the purpose of developing affordable housing.
About the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce
The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce is a member-based organization that has advocated on-behalf of the local business community in Kamloops since 1896. Through connection, development and advocacy the 700+ membership organization supports economic growth in the region.
About the BC Chamber of Commerce
The BC Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most broadly-based business organization in British Columbia. Representing more than 125 Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, and 36,000 businesses of every size, sector and region of the province, the BC Chamber of Commerce is The Voice of Business in B.C.
President, Board of Directors
Executive Director, Kamloops Chamber