The Kamloops Chamber of Commerce brought seven policies forward during a meeting this week with provincial government representatives.
On Tuesday, July 23, 11 chambers of commerce from the Thompson-Okanagan region met with 18 provincial government representatives — including deputy ministers and assistant deputy ministers across 12 ministries —to discuss issues affecting businesses in the region.
The Kamloops chamber was represented by executive director Acacia Pangilinan and board director Colin O’Leary at the Kelowna meeting.
The chamber group spoke on the following:
• Taxation (competitiveness);
• Species-At-Risk Act legislation and impacts on business;
• Transportation and infrastructure;
• Emergency preparedness.
Thompson-Okanagan regional concerns included:
• Developing sufficient stock of accessible market and rental housing;
• Accelerating the development of transportation infrastructure;
• Supporting a prosperous tree fruit sector;
• Improving health care with physician extenders;
• Growing an aerospace innovation cluster.
“Bringing forward policies to government that are powered by our membership is an important part of the work of the Kamloops Chamber,” local chamber president Joshua Knaak said. “We brought forward key issues our members face and had the opportunity to engage in good dialogue with the government representatives.”
The B.C. Chamber and its member chapters will be meeting with government in regions across the province over the next three months.