2020 Policy Updates

 2020 Policy Updates

Each year the Fort St. John and District Chamber of Commerce participates in a provincial submission and approval process of resolutions submitted by Chamber on behalf of issues that affect businesses either locally, regionally or provincially. The resolution / policy process is our opportunity to highlight issues that affect the north’s ability to do business or operate fairly with other parts of the province. It is one of the most effective ways to be ‘heard’ in the north, as once a policy is passed it goes into a Provincial Policy Manual that is directly given to and addressed by the Ministers of the Province and even the Premiere.  This is our opportunity as an organization to advocate on behalf of our members, our community and our region. Talk to us about what you see as a need to be addressed with the province.

This year 2020 the FSJ Chamber participated in two resolutions put forth to the BC Chamber caucus to be approved at the 2020 BC Chamber AGM held in May. Our two submissions included:

  1. The FSJ Chamber submission to support increased Airport Capital Assistance Program (ACAP) Funding for smaller regional airports such as Fort St. John’s.  Smaller airports have not seen an increase in funding as part of the Airport Capital Assistance Program for over 20 years.  This resolution went forth to BC Chamber caucus and was unanamously approved into policy. To read the resolution –
    1.  CANADA’S REGIONAL AIRPORTS AND ACAP FUNDING AVAILABILITY (2020)
  2. The FSJ Chamber along with all other Northern Chambers submitted a resolution to address the need of fair and accessible Broadband Connectivity in the north. The onset of Covid-19 highlighted the inequality and ineffectiveness of Broadband connectivity in rural areas that were unable to connect effectively into the virtual world of their urban counterparts. The policy came to the agenda as a late submission and will be forwarded to the Policy Review Committee for approval post AGM. Read the policy –
    1. (2020) 2019-BC-Connectivity-Report_FINAL_WEB.

Together we can make a difference. In 2019 our Resolution / approved Policy regarding the Taylor Bridge was heard and acknowledged by Scott Maxwell, Ministry of Transportation. The Chamber met with Mr. Maxwell during the Ministry Regional Consultation Roundtables in Sept and in November he attended the FSJ Chamber Luncheon. Read about it here.  Resolutions and Policy does get action.