Press Release – Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce represents Northwest at 2019 BC Chamber AGM

From Thursday, May 23rd to Saturday, May 25th, Chambers of Commerce from all over BC gathered in Burnaby to discuss business trends and pass policies that help their local, regional, and provincial economies.

The Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce was represented at the gathering by Manager Anthony Yecyec, Past President Dave McKeever, and 1st Vice-President, Carl Sampson. The three Prince Rupert delegates helped pass important policies supporting business in Northern BC and across the province. Policies that are accepted and passed through the BC Chamber will be submitted directly to the provincial government for official address, commentary, and potential approval.

One policy submitted by the Smithers & District Chamber of Commerce and supported by the Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce was the ‘Foreign Worker Navigator for Rural BC Communities to Address Labour Shortages.’ This policy outlines the need for a program for rural BC communities to help support and assist small businesses in filling skill and labour shortages experienced in retail and restaurant industries.

“A program like the Foreign Worker Navigator can help alleviate issues in staffing for small business in Prince Rupert.” Said Dave McKeever, who spoke in support of the policy. “Not only can it fill positions in retail and restaurant industries, but it can also grow our city culturally and economically as a rise in residents can create foot traffic through the doors of our local businesses.”

Another policy of significance to the Northwest was the Northwest BC Resource Benefits Alliance (RBA) policy submitted by the Kitimat Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Houston & District Chamber of Commerce and the Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce. The policy outlines the importance of sharing the benefits of major Northwest resource development projects with Northwest municipalities via a revenue sharing and distribution agreement.

“The City of Prince Rupert and other Northwest municipalities strongly support the RBA, and it is important for us as Chambers to work alongside our respective cities on their initiatives to create economic growth for our communities.” Said Carl Sampson, who currently leads the Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce policy committee. “Not only will this benefit Prince Rupert, but it will benefit the Northwest as a whole.”

Altogether, The Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce supported the approval of three policies  supporting economic growth in BC’s Northwest.

If you would like to read all of the policies that were submitted and approved by the BC Chamber, please contact Anthony Yecyec at the Prince Rupert & District Chamber of Commerce office, 250-624-2296, or via email at Anthony@princerupertchamber.ca.