BC’s Small Business Report April 26, 2013

Small Business Profile 2012: A Profile of Small Business in British Columbia is an update of previous versions published annually since 1997. The 2012 report reflects data from 2011, the most recent year for which data are available. This report is designed to answer some common questions about the role of small business in British Columbia through an examination of trends in growth. Where possible, it also makes comparisons with other provinces. Key indicators examined in this report include the number of businesses, growth in employment and earnings, contribution to the economy, industry distribution, regional focus, and the role of small business exporters.

2012 Urban Futures Report- A Changing Population April 26, 2013

A Changing Population

Over the past three decades the Lower Mainland (comprising the Greater Vancouver, Fraser Valley, and Squamish-Lillooet Regional Districts) has seen its population on almost double in size, growing from 1.5 million to 2.7 million residents between 1981 and 2011, an 84 percent increase (on an annual basis growth averaged 2.1 percent).

Downtown New Westminster Study April 26, 2013

The City of New Westminster has retained Urbanics Consultants Ltd. To undertake a study of the commercial land use marketability for its Downtown area, with residential land uses to be excluded from this study. This is within the context of the New Westminster Downtown having been identified as one of the eight Regional Town Centres in the Metro Vancouver area’s Livable Region Strategic Plan.

2012 Major Projects Inventory in BC April 26, 2013

The BC Major Projects Inventory contains summary information on major projects in BC,  that are over $15 Million capital cost or $20 Million in the Lower Mainland- Vancouver area. As of June 2010, the information in this published version of the BC Major Projects Inventory is prepared by Rene Corcoran, although it is now owned and published by the Province of British Columbia.


City of New Westminster Economic Development Strategy April 26, 2013

This document sets out a plan to improve the economic base of the City of New Westminster. By making the local economy stronger, the City intends to improve the whole community and make the quality of life better for residents of New Westminster.

City of New Westminster Community Profile April 26, 2013

This community profile serves as both an introduction to New Westminster, as well as a source of detailed information on the city’s economy, the demographics of its residents, its location and transportation connections, its quality of life, and the many other factors that contribute to making it an outstanding business location.

Position Statements of Chambers in BC April 25, 2013


Advocacy in Action


Proposed Position Statements to be presented May 22-26, 2013 BC Chamber Annual General Meeting.


The proposed resolutions were developed by our Member Chambers of Commerce, Chamber Task Forces and by the Policy Review Committee of The Chamber and submitted prior to the deadline of March 11, 2013.  Prior to their acceptance for debate at the Annual General Meeting, the proposals were screened by the Policy Review Committee (PRC) chaired by David Craig and comprised of representatives from a wide range of sectors taken from the Chamber’s membership.  The PRC was mandated to ensure that all matters to be discussed at the Annual General Meeting are timely, important to a significant number of members and provincial in scope.  In retaining the most appropriate proposals, the PRC also attempted to ensure that the contents were substantive and accurate.


During the Policy Sessions at the Annual General Meeting, the Accredited Voting Delegates will be asked to approve, defeat or refer each of the resolutions in this book.  Approval of each resolution as policy of The Chamber requires a two thirds majority support of the votes cast at the Plenary Sessions to adopt a resolution as the official policy of the provincial chamber.  When a policy is adopted by voting delegates, it becomes part of The Chamber’s legislative program.


The timing and nature of the presentation to the provincial government will be determined by the subject matter and circumstances prevailing at the time.  However, an effort will be made to ensure that such presentations are made as soon as possible following the Annual General Meeting.  Member Chambers of Commerce and Corporations will be kept apprised of our actions.


If a thorough and meaningful debate of all policy resolutions is to take place during the Plenary Sessions, Member Chambers of Commerce and Corporations (and especially the Accredited Voting Delegates) are urged to review these resolutions carefully in advance of the Annual General Meeting.








Reform Will Save Canadians $1.2 Million Per Year April 22, 2013

Earlier this morning Andrew Saxton, Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board and for Western Economic Diversification and the Honourable Maxime Bernier, Minister of State (Small Business and Tourism) announced new red tape relief for Canadian companies as part of the Harper Government’s commitment to support jobs, growth and long-term prosperity. 

New Westminster Chamber Welcomes Small Business Accord April 22, 2013

Vancouver, BC –  This morning Chamber members across the province welcomed the unveiling of the Small Business Accord as a huge step forward as a huge step forward for small businesses across the province.