The Kelowna Chamber went eight for eight in getting support for the policy resolutions it tabled at the 2019 BC Chamber AGM in Burnaby last week. It was among the highest number of policies brought forward by any chamber in the province.
“Being the voice of business is a top priority of the board and something we’ve focused on over the last number of years,” says Nikki Csek, Chamber President. “With ever increasing taxes, regulations and business costs, our mission to create a positive business environment in the city and region has never been more important.”
The issues tabled by the Kelowna Chamber ranged from the need for greater innovation in recycling to integrating the role of physician extenders as an additional solution to the primary care shortage in BC. Other Kelowna policies included:
• Increasing the sustainability of the tree fruit sector by investing in a long-term replant program
• Calling for a complete end to the BC Speculation Tax
• Getting more product onto the rental housing market by incentivizing purpose-built rental stock through a minor adjustment to the Income Tax Act
• Building an aviation innovation cluster in the Okanagan including training
• Working toward the more efficient movement of goods and people across the US border
• Getting the BC Ministry of Transportation to re-engage with business and industry to develop a regional transportation plan focused on efficient movement of business and industrial traffic.
“We believe increased efforts to train and retain aircraft pilots in this region will help to strengthen an already growing aerospace industry in Kelowna and region," Csek said.
On why tabling so many policies at the Provincial conference is important for Kelowna businesses, Csek remarked, “The BC Chamber AGM was focused on creating a better business environment and getting our policies endorsed by our colleagues from around the province was extremely important as we bring these issues to the attention of the government. “
“Kelowna’s policies were all initiated by members at our policy development forum last November.”
All policies passed at the BC Chamber AGM will be posted online at www.kelownachamber.org within the next two weeks.