October 16th, 2023
Calgary, AB – On October 14th, delegates at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM and Convention adopted three policy resolutions championed by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce to be included among the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s 2023 Policy Resolutions.
“The policies our Chamber submitted and supported are forward-thinking, just like our members,” said Shaena Furlong, President & CEO of the Richmond Chamber of Commerce. “The effective and sustainable movement of people and goods is not just critical for employers in Metro Vancouver, but for businesses across Canada. All three policies we’ve supported are designed to accelerate innovation and sustainability for industry and Canadians. I am grateful to our fellow Chamber leaders for their agreement and voting to adopt these policies in 2023.”
The three approved policies are:
- Keeping Ports Connected – Submitted by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and Supported by the Surrey Board of Trade
This policy (originally adopted in 2020) calls for the federal government to create a competitive investment climate and regulatory framework that enables port infrastructure projects across the country to receive support and timely public and private investments, work with the supply chain industry, in particular marine terminal operators, drayage companies, railways and port authorities to invest in digital technologies that allow seamless communication with the technology used by large commercial shipping companies and work with Provincial/Territorial Governments to ensure that industrial land is protected so that it may be used to enhance port activity.
- On The Move: A Call for Sustainable Funding in Public Transit to Tackle Congestion – Submitted by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and Supported by the Surrey Board of Trade
The policy calls for the federal government to accelerate the implementation of the Permanent Federal Transit Fund to begin in 2024 which provides reliable, predictable funding over a minimum 10-year term and funding for a study of the best technology implementation to relieve congestion.
- Working Together to Create a Canadian Supply of Sustainable Aviation Fuel - Submitted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and Supported by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce and Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce
The policy calls for the federal government to work with governments across the country to seize the opportunity to work together with industry and to introduce concrete and comprehensive measures and policies that will support the development of local supply chains of Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) and prioritization of sustainable feedstock, which will help preserve Canada’s leadership and competitiveness.
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