We asked our members to complete a short survey, so that we could find out the issues that are affecting their businesses. We heard loud and clear that our member businesses were having a great competitive disadvantage with our neighbouring businesses in Alberta. WE LISTENED!
The Fort St John & District Chamber of Commerce drafted a policy and was successful in having the ‘Levelling the Playing Field’ policy adopted into the BC Chamber policy manual. "The Chamber is a body of people that represents your needs and wishes, when we are aware and understand your direction, we do what we can to ensure that it is not only heard by our board, but is also taken to higher levels to get the attention it deserves. We are happy that the BC Chambers also share the same concerns as our members do and want them to become government concern. Thank you for your input and allowing us to work on your behalf" says Chamber President Russ Beerling.
We are asking the Provincial Government to:
Implement a regulation system to ensure British Columbia regulations are followed by out of province firms conducting work in British Columbia by:
1. Establishing a very active presence of Commercial Vehicle/Law enforcement on highways between the Alberta and British Columbia border; and,
2. Encouraging the Canada Revenue Agency to develop systems to ensure all work performed in British Columbia is invoiced with the full 12% HST regardless of the province or state where the company’s offices are located.
We are also asking the Federal Government to:
1. Develop effective systems which ensure all work performed in British Columbia by out of province firms is invoiced with the full 12% HST, regardless of the province or state where the company’s offices are located. Our policy when submitted was reviewed vigorously by the British Columbia Chamber policy committee that consists of senior staff, and other policy writers with several years experience. The British Columbia Chamber Policy Review Committee supports this resolution.
This year policies were voted on by the 164 attending delegates along with 149 proxy votes equalling 313 votes in total. The policies will be reviewed by the Provincial and Federal Government.
This is your Chamber in action, working hard on your behalf to lobby your issues to all levels of government. We are proud to be able to announce that your Chamber of Commerce has now been successful having a policy adopted into the BC Chamber policy manual two years in a row. Our success does not stop here! Your Chamber has invited local MLA Pat Pimm and Minister Blair Lekstrom to meet with us to discuss strategies to fulfill these recommendations.
We recognize that we cannot reach these milestones alone, so Thank you for the support received from the two other District 12 Chambers in attendance at the conference: Dawson Creek and Chetwynd.
Russ Beerling, President
9325 100 Street
Fort St John, BC V1J 4N4