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5/31/2016 Press Release
Richmond Chamber policies for air travel competitiveness and innovative transportation pricing pass unanimously at BC Chamber AGM

Richmond Chamber policies for air travel competitiveness and innovative transportation pricing pass unanimously at BC Chamber AGM


Richmond, BC – The Richmond Chamber of Commerce is celebrating two major policy achievements as calls for an innovative approach to transportation in an increasingly urban province and to enhance Canada’s air travel competitiveness were passed Tuesday by delegates at the BC Chamber of Commerce Annual General Meeting and Conference, in Kelowna.

“Regarding air travel competitiveness, we know it’s a crucial economic enabler in Richmond and the rest of the country” said Rob Akimow, Chair of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. “However, the high cost of air travel to, from and within Canada is significantly hampering our global competitiveness and stunting the growth potential of the aviation industry. We believe that the recommendations outlined in this policy will go far to facilitating the movement of passengers and goods in B.C. and the rest of Canada.”

The Richmond Chamber of Commerce co-authored this policy, “Enhancing Canada’s Air Travel Competitiveness” with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, and Whistler Chamber of Commerce. The policy was passed unanimously by BC Chamber delegates on Tuesday afternoon. It will become official BC Chamber policy, and the BC Chamber will advocate it to appropriate tiers of government.

The other policy sponsored by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce was “The Need for an Innovative Approach to Transportation for an Increasingly Urban Province”, which calls for reviewing an urban mobility pricing model, with the objective of considering eventual replacement of the gas tax funding of transportation and repealing the current tolling policy. The Richmond Chamber co-sponsored this policy with the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. It was submitted by the Greater Langley Chamber of Commerce and passed by delegates Tuesday afternoon.

Of this policy, Akimow said “from the perspective of business in BC, it’s time to think of innovative solutions for managing the movement of people and goods in our province. We believe a mobility pricing model is the most equitable model of funding to provide the necessary funding to support the current population and the estimated growth to Metro Vancouver.”

“Our Chamber is committed to creating a more business-friendly Richmond and a more business-friendly B.C. We think these policies will help achieve that and we are pleased they will be adopted at the provincial level.”




The Richmond Chamber of Commerce is a broad-based non-profit membership association, celebrating over 90 years of commitment to make Richmond the most prosperous and favorable place to do business.

Media Contact:

Shaena Furlong
Manager of Communications and Systems
Richmond Chamber of Commerce
604 278-2822