Val Litwin: let's build a smarter employers health tax

May 10, 2019

Finance Minister Carole James and Premier John Horgan have introduced an Employer Health Tax that replaces the current Medical Services Plan.  Small businesses who previously paid MSP premiums for their employees are now also paying the new e...

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Kelowna Chamber and BC Chamber Comment on the Employment Standards Act Legislation April 2019

May 2, 2019

UPDATE (07-05-2019): We had a hand in helping moderate the amendments to BC’s Employment Standards Act and the Labour Relations Code which were tabled last week in the Legislature. Importantly, the government did not extend sick leave provis...

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Pushing the policy buttons in government – making sure our members’ voices are heard

Apr 26, 2019

The BC Chamber's grassroots policy development process is second to none in British Columbia. Every year, this membership of businesses, Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade develops policies that reflect the on the ground needs of BC busines...

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Cultivating Competitiveness: Turning Agri-food Regulatory Reform Promises into Action

Apr 17, 2019

In an increasingly competitive global marketplace, the success of Canadian farmers and food manufacturers is closely linked to the performance of the regulatory systems that govern their activities... Read the full story...

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President Carmen Sparg's Letter to Minister Harry Bains Regarding the BCLI Employment Standards Act Reform Project

Apr 3, 2019

April 3, 2019 Hon. Harry Bains Minister of Labour Room 342 Parliament Buildings Victoria, BC V8V 1X4 Dear Minister: Submitted Via Email: ESAReview@gov.bc.ca RE: BCLI Employment Standards Act Reform Project I am writing on behalf of t...

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Regulate Smarter - The Unsavory Pancaking of Canada's Climate Regulations: A High Cost Climate Strategy Canadian Businesses Find Hard to Swallow

Mar 21, 2019

The latest report in the Canadian Chamber of Commerce's Regulate Smarter series shines a light on the “pancaking” of climate-related costs and regulations. These added costs are almost exclusively put on the shoulders of business owne...

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5 Minutes for Business - A Budget for Business or Bust

Mar 7, 2019

A Budget for Business or Bust With our GDP at a standstill, businesses need to see a focus on protecting and fostering growth in the upcoming federal budget ahead of this year’s federal election. That being said, while we do not have a cryst...

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CANADIAN BUSINESS ASSOCIATIONS UNITE TO PRESS FOR ACTION ON RESOURCES

Feb 20, 2019

The Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, representing 1200 local businesses in the Interior of BC, is joining other Chambers from across the country to sound the alarm. . . ...

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50 Years of Cutting and Pasting: Modernizing Canada’s Tax System February 2019 Canadian Chamber

Feb 14, 2019

Remember the days where important working files were saved on a floppy disc, not the cloud? Or bills were paid via mail, not just instantly with the touch of a button on your smartphone? Lots has changed in the last few decades, but unfortunately, th...

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Business Examiner Thompson Okanagan - January/February 2019

Feb 6, 2019

Featuring the latest business news and information from Kelowna, Kamloops, Salmon Arm, Vernon, Armstrong, Summerland and Penticton, including Kelowna Councillor and Chamber board member Maxine Dehart's new column.  Read the full issu...

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Canadian Chamber: There is no low carbon economy without a regulatory system that works January 10, 2019

Jan 10, 2019

Read this month's "Five Minutes for Business" - more on the low carbon economy...

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Canadian Chamber Clarifies Carbon Pricing Position

Dec 21, 2018

CANADIAN CHAMBER CLARIFIES CARBON PRICING POSITION   Kelowna, December 21, 2018:  News stories over the past week cited the Canadian Chamber’s recent report A Competitive Transition: How smarter climate policy can help Cana...

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The Legislature Sits, the Canadian Chamber Meets, Electoral Reform Referendum Goes Out

Sep 1, 2018

What's new at the Kelowna Chamber - September 1, 2018...

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Speculation tax is hurting the 99% in BC, not just the 1%

Aug 9, 2018

VAL LITWIN  |  BC CHAMBER PRESIDENT & CEO We are in the middle of a housing crisis in British Columbia. There’s no doubt about it. The B.C. government has the arduous task of reversing this predicament and it believes one of th...

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POLICY UPDATE FROM YOUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - June 7, 2018

Jun 7, 2018

A couple of important policies issues to keep you informed about. Of course these are only two of a number of key issues we are following on your behalf. SPECULATION TAX - Your Chamber is keeping up its efforts to get the Province to step back from ...

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Analyzing Two Budgets In February - Family Day - Cross-Provincial Border Trade

Mar 20, 2018

By Dan Rogers, Executive Director of the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce In 1625, Welsh poet George Herbert wrote “Every mile is two in winter.”  February felt a bit like that: here at the Kelowna Chamber, we hosted eight events, assi...

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Comment on the End to the Boycott of BC Wine and the Proposed Speculator's Tax

Feb 23, 2018

From Kelowna Chamber Tom Dyas ON THE END TO THE BOYCOTT OF BC WINE… The Kelowna Chamber is pleased that Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has decided to lift Alberta’s short-lived ban on BC Wine imports and we hope both Premiers shel...

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