Julie Scurr, right, president of the Duncan/Cowichan Chamber of Commerce, with Warren Goulding, publisher of the Cowichan Valley Citizen. (File photo)

Many issues discussed at chamber’s AGM

Passed policies will be part of chamber’s policy agenda

The Duncan Cowichan Chamber of Commerce participated in passionate debate and discussion during the BC Chamber AGM and Conference in Kamloops on May 24-26.

The event was the largest annual business policy forum in the province, attended by 200 business and chamber leaders from across B.C.

The local chamber was represented by its president Julie Scurr, first vice-president Chris Duncan, and executive director Sonja Nagel.

During the two days, 54 resolutions were passed including several policies strongly supported or voted in favour by the local chamber on issues impacting Cowichan businesses.

They include protecting funding for tourism marketing programs and projects.

It was recommended that the province consult with tourism sector stakeholders before implementation of amendments to the provincial sales tax act to allow uses of the MRDT other than tourism marketing, programs and projects.

As well, they should work with sector stakeholders to identify a process for a separate housing funding mechanism that would not displace existing tourism funding.

Another resolution called for minimizing undue negative impacts of the employer health tax.

Chambers from across B.C. are concerned about the impacts of this tax to small businesses.

The recommendation is that the province eliminate the proposed employer health tax and to await the final report from the task force before implementing any changes.

Pressing the pause button on B.C.’s proposed speculation tax is another passed resolution.

It was recommended that the province eliminate the tax altogether until they can clarify how housing will be made more accessible and affordable as a result of this type of taxation policy.

Another resolution was for reform in the Agriculture Land Commission’s regulations.

It was recommended that the province review the current ALC land-use policy framework to investigate existing issues with the current prescriptive land use regulations and to determine methods for increasing flexibility of the ALC Act to enable and support agri-tourism, and other agri-products and services.

A further resolution is to stop the harmful federal tax changes on private corporations.

The recommendation was to set aside the current proposals for income splitting, or “sprinkling”, and passive investment in order to allow for meaningful and fulsome conversation, and to implement a non-partisan tax commission to review the current tax policy, and strategies to arrive at a greater level of fairness and competitiveness.

“The Duncan Cowichan Chamber is proud to see these policies pass and receive support from our peers across the province,” said Scurr.

“We believe that the continued layering of taxes and other fees and regulations are creating a real hardship on our businesses. Our chamber is committed to creating a more business-friendly Cowichan.”

These passed policies will become part of the BC Chamber’s policy agenda and advocated to the appropriate levels of government over 2018-19.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Comments are closed

Just Posted

One piper piping during the pandemic

Tribute to health care workers reaches the 100th performance

Don’t feed the bears, BCCOS warns, after incidents in Cowichan

People have been spotted trying to feed bear near Youbou

Elizabeth May endorses Furstenau in BC Greens race

Former federal party leader backs Cowichan Valley MLA

The pandemic is widening Canada’s workplace gender gap

Gender pay gap is incentivizing fathers to work while mothers watch children, a new B.C. study has found

Almost 99% less land in B.C. burned this year compared to 2018

2018 was the worst year on record for wildfires

B.C. orders Coastal GasLink to stop pipeline construction near protected wetlands

The 670-kilometre pipeline is planned to transport natural gas from northeast B.C. to Kitimat

B.C. tent camps persist as hotels, housing bought for homeless

Current estimate 40 camps, homeless counts stalled by COVID-19

Saanich junior hockey team drops Braves name, First Nations logo

Club moves on after 53-years with First Nations logo

VIDEO: Trio of orphaned Alberta grizzly bear cubs find new home at Vancouver zoo

The Alberta cubs’ mother was killed by hunters and would have otherwise been euthanized, zoo says

VIDEO: Racist ‘cotton’ comment by B.C. student generates outrage online, response by school

Administrator says ‘no doubt that implicit and overt discrimination is present’ in schools

Recent COVID-19 hotspots show ‘cases can reemerge at anytime’ in Canada, feds warn

Njoo said the recent increase in reproductive number brings home the importance of watching for outbreaks

Inside the undefined world of a Rainbow Family gathering in B.C.

Celebrations are underway to mark the annual gathering of the controversial Rainbow Family of Living Light

Most Read