SURREY NEWS: Surrey Board of Trade Update on BC Government Economic Policies 2020

SURREY BC – The Surrey Board of Trade continued their leadership work in provincial government advocacy at this weekend’s virtual BC Chamber of Commerce AGM & Convention, which concluded today on May 23rd.

“The Surrey Board of Trade presented a variety of innovative policies to instigate economic activity, innovation and industry support,” said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. “The business community needs the Surrey Board of Trade (our industry) now more than ever.”

“Even though the Surrey Board of Trade can advocate on its own to the various levels of government, it is always helpful when we receive the support of our leadership-oriented policies by other chambers of commerce and boards of trade. Even if we didn’t receive the assembly’s support, the Surrey Board of Trade will continue to drive our own policies.”

The details of each policy will be released through the next couple of months.

A summary:

Policies that the Surrey Board of Trade composed for the Provincial Convention are:
1. Can The Future Learn In BC? The Need For More Investments In Post-Secondary Education – AMENDED & SUPPORTED
2. Committing To Vertical Growth – The Next Phase Of Agricultural Production – – AMENDED & SUPPORTED
3. Adult Education Policy Framework Review – SUPPORTED
4. Fixing The Gasoline Crisis In BC – NOT SUPPORTED
5. The Need For Energy Alternatives – Investing In Nuclear Technology – NOT SUPPORTED
6. Time For A New Pension Paradigm – SUPPORTED
7. Revitalizing The Fraser River – Unlocking Its True Potential – SUPPORTED
8. A New Economic Lens For BC Health Care – AMENDED & SUPPORTED
9. Expanding The Regional Film Tax Credit – NOT SUPPORTED
10. Improving Economic And Labour Market Performance For Women And Minorities – SUPPORTED
11. Guidelines For Enforcing Residential Rental Tenure Zoning – SUPPORTED
12. Universal Building Codes To Create Equitable Economic Opportunity – SUPPORTED
13. Creating A Level Playing Field For The Taxi Industry – SUPPORTED
14. Keeping Ports Connected – SUPPORTED
15. Blockchain Technology Strategy – SUPPORTED
16. Creating A Level Playing Field For Canadian Broadcasters In A Digital Age – NOT SUPPORTED
17. The Importance Of Tourism To The Canadian Economy – NOT SUPPORTED
18. Protecting Canada’s Arctic Interests – Canada’s Losing Battle – SUPPORTED
19. The Cure To Congestion – The Need For Reliable Transportation Funding. – SUPPORTED
21. The Business Case For Universal Basic Income – (NOT ENOUGH TIME FOR DEBATE – REFERRED TO BC CHAMBER BOARD)
22. Ridesharing – Eliminating Red Tape For Drivers-updated – SUPPORTED
23. A Focus On Refugees-updated – SUPPORTED
24. A Focus On Youth Entrepreneurship-updated – SUPPORTED
25. Countering Costly Cybercrimes-updated – SUPPORTED
26. Manufacturing – A Skilled Workforce-updated – SUPPORTED
27. Transitioning Workers To Full Employment-updated – SUPPORTED

Other co-sponsored resolutions with other Chambers of Commerce/Boards of Trade
1. Early Childhood Education: Untapped Economic Output – SUPPORTED
2. Helping BC Employers Attract And Retain Employees By Increasing BC PNP Yearly Nomination Allocation – SUPPORTED
3. Expediting The George Massey Crossing Project – SUPPORTED
4. East-West Connector Between Abbotsford Airport & Highway 99 – SUPPORTED
5. Get BC Business Moving Again – SUPPORTED
6. Improving Capital Raising Exemptions For BC Co-Operatives – SUPPORTED