Chamber pleased with recent announcements from both levels of government


Date: May 2, 2012
Fort St. John & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased with the recent announcements from both the Federal and Provincial Governments on foreign workers programs
FORT ST. JOHN – The Fort St John & District Chamber of Commerce is pleased with the recent announcements from the Provincial and Federal Government on foreign worker programs.
It is with much work on behalf of the Chamber of Commerce, their members, and the City of Fort St John that these announcements have been made possible.
The Chamber has been working with several members over months developing recommendations to take to the different levels of government and are ecstatic that our proposed resolutions have been heard on all levels of government and have come to fruition with the provincial government announcing that will be recognizing the Northeast as a unique area and will use the Northeast as a pilot project. This pilot project will help not only the members of the Fort St John & District Chamber of Commerce, but all businesses in the Northeast.
"I would like to thank the hard work of the businesses involved with working with the Chamber to help draft up the policies that we have been working on for the last year. I would like to thank our manager, Annette Oak who has spent much of her time working with local employers, provincial and municipal governments, and with the BC Chamber to draft and fine tune the policies. It is because of her hard work, we were able to send out a policy that ensured the needs of Fort St. John and Northeast B.C. were heard" said Chamber president Brent Hodson.
In addition, MP Bob Zimmer has just announced reducing the time for employers with a good track record. “In my meetings with the Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce, I heard from many members about their concerns with labour shortages and the difficulties they have faced in hiring temporary foreign workers to meet these employment demands,” said Zimmer. “The recently introduced changes to the Temporary Foreign Workers Program will ensure that these employers will have the opportunity to hire the skilled labour they need more quickly.”
“I look forward to continuing to work with the Chamber to ensure the voices and interests of our local job creators are heard in Ottawa.  I would like to take this time to thank the members who volunteered their time to work with the Chamber on these initiatives. It is with the help of our members that we can speak louder and in unison rather than one single voice." Zimmer added.
For more information:
Brent Hodson, President
T: 250.264.7014