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Chamber passes new policy asking for minimum notice period for BC utilities rate changes


Kamloops, BC May 26th, 2018 – A policy calling for the minimum notice period for BC utility rate increases has passed at the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Conference in Kamloops.

The Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce authored this policy after receiving concerns from members about the recent BC hydro rate on new connections increase in 2017, which saw a 70 day notice period with little communication to end users about the rate changes.

“Our members are concerned when BC utilities can implement significant rate increases to business with little notice or adjustment period, particularly when the current wait time for the BC utilities to provide services for development is far longer than the notice period of increases given,” said Andrea Walker, President of the Mission Chamber. “Our members are asking for a fair approach to increases that give businesses an opportunity to adjust and absorb these increases into their business costs.”

The Mission Chamber BC Utilities policy received two-thirds of votes to pass and is now official BC Chamber policy and will be advocated by the BC Chamber to appropriate levels of government over 2018-19.
Along with the BC Utilities policy, the Mission Chamber also co-sponsored and supported the following policies:
 Engaging Business and Community on Election Reform
 Anti-Canadian Tariff – Pressing the Pause Button on BC’s Proposed Speculation Tax
 Minimizing Undue Negative Impacts of Employer Health Tax
 Protecting Funding for Tourism Marketing Programs and Projects
 Stabilizing Minimum Wage Hikes
 Stop the Harmful Tax Changes on Private Corporations
 Enhanced Push for Inter-municipal Mobile Business
 Online Municipal Voting
 Promoting Innovation in Regional Solid Waste Management
 Property Transfer Tax Reform – Addressing BC’s Housing Affordability Challenge
 Protecting the National Economy by Managing the Lower Fraser River

“The Mission Chamber is proud to see our policy pass and receive support from our peers across the province,” said Walker. “It was an incredible experience to work with Chambers around the Province on issues affecting all regions, issues that often reached beyond the immediate business issues and touched on housing, health, education, and voting. It’s exciting to collaborate and create relationships and opportunities for our members.”
The BC Chamber AGM and Conference is held in a different BC community each year. The event is the largest annual business policy forum in the province. Every year, member Chambers of the BC Chamber develop and submit policies for the consideration of their peers. This year, 57 policies were up for debate at the BC Chamber of Commerce AGM.