The Surrey Board of Trade was one of three finalists in the 2020 Premier’s Awards in the Partnership category for contributions to TogetherBC initiatives, indicated in a letter sent by the Honourable Nicholas Simons, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction.
“The Surrey Board of Trade, in the chamber of commerce/board of trade industry, has been leaders in instigating change at different levels of government on what are traditionally known as social issues, but are really significant economic issues for businesses,” said Anita Huberman. “Policy and project leadership on issues such as childcare, poverty reduction, housing, and youth programs are ongoing ways in which the Surrey Board of Trade has shown leadership.”
TogetherBC reflects the government’s commitment to reduce poverty and make life more affordable. Built on the principles of affordability, opportunity, reconciliation, and social inclusion, TogetherBC focuses on six priority action areas:
More affordable housing for more people
Supporting families, children and youth
Expanding access to education and training
More opportunities, more jobs
Improving income supports
Investing in social inclusion
The 2020 Premier’s Awards were announced earlier this year. The winner in the Partnership category was the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act.