The Chamber is the voice of business for the Kelowna region, responding to many of the current issues that impact on business vitality. That role includes proactively working with and lobbying government to constructively influence public policy on a variety of issues in support of a healthy free-enterprise system. Part of this is an active media. We work closely with local reporters to educate, rally and communicate with the general public on a wide variety of issues that affect our membership and community. 

Healthy and vibrant businesses are part of the fabric of any great community. In regular meetings with MLAs, MPs and Ministers, the Chamber has strived to work with and lobby government to provide a strong and constructive influence on public policy on a variety of issues. These issues support our members and a vibrant, sustainable business environment.

Visit our Key Issues to see what our committees are currently working on, or contact us to submit your issue.

Policy Resolutions Supported by Government

When policy statements have been successfully implemented by government, or a significant portion of the recommendation has been successfully implemented, the policy is deemed to have been achieved. It can take many years for policies to be adopted by government.

These policies, which originated at the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce as provincial or national policy initiatives, are being or have been implemented.

2012 Improving Consumer Choice: Removing Inter-Provincial Trade Barriers to Sales of 100% Canadian Wine (Initiated by the Kelowna Chamber in 2008). Resulted in the passing of Bill C-311 'Free the Grapes'

2012 Organized Crime Task Force Funding (Initiated by the Kelowna Chamber in 2008).

2014 Protection of BC Waters from Invasive Mussel Species. Resulted in;

  • New Canadian regulations to allow all provinces and territories to compel boat owners who are transporting invasive species such as zebra of quagga mussels into Canada to cooperate with authorities in ridding them from their boats before launching the vessels in local waters.
  • As well the Province of B.C. has roving inspection stations to intercept and inspect boats entering B.C

As a member of the BC Chamber of Commerce, the Kelowna Chamber supports BC Chamber policies and are active in creating and debating these with provincial colleagues annually. View the current BC Chamber Policy Manual for policy details.

We are also proud and active members of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and annually participate in the development of national policies Canadian Policy Manual. 

See our media releases for updates on the Kelowna Chambers' latest advocacy efforts.

 

Policy Advisory Committee

As a standing committee of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, this group will provide leadership in identifying and taking action on issues relating to municipal affairs in Kelowna. These issues must be of specific interest to the members of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, and of concern to the business community at large.

Chaired by a member of the Chamber Board of Directors, this group will work with Chamber staff to provide proactive leadership in the role of increasing awareness for members and providing advocacy on municipal affairs issues that impact the long-term health and vitality of the economy of Kelowna.

For more information about the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce’s Policy Advisory Committee please contact us. To see what current issues we are working on, visit our Key Issues. 

 

Kelowna Chamber Wins Support for Five Policies at 2017 BC Chamber Session