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Smithers well represented on the 2014/15 BC Chamber of Commerce Board

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Rod Cox of Terrace and formerly a director of the Smithers District Chamber of Commerce was installed as the new Chairman of the Board at the BC Chamber of Commerce AGM Saturday, May 28 in Richmond. George Whitehead, immediate Past-President of the Smithers Chamber was also installed as a BC Chamber Director. Congratulations to both as they take on their new roles. As issues vary province-wide the Smithers Chamber is pleased that both men will be able to offer northern perspectives.

As the AGM and Conference hosts the Chamber’s policy development sessions here’s some highlights from the approx. 40  Resolutions that the BC Chamber will present to the Government on its member’s behalf.. The BC Chamber is the largest and most broadly-based business organization in the province.  Representing more than 125 Chambers of Commerce and 36,000 businesses of every size, sector and region of the province, the BC Chamber of Commerce is “The Voice of Business in BC.”


Smithers/Telkwa win bid to host MInerals North 2016

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Smithers and Telkwa will co-host the 2016 Minerals North Conference.

The announcement was made last week at this year's conference in Vanderhoof.  Smithers, which last hosted in 2008, will follow Mackenzie which is hosting the 2015 conference.  Expected attendence is approximately 500-700 delegates.  Mayor Taylor Bachrach was quoted saying "It's going to be good for the economy and the community and a whole lot of fun to host.  Minerals North is really a chance to showcase the role exploration and mining play in the Bulkley Valley and the region as a whole."

"Smithers will be able to make use of the new arena to host events simultaneously.  Events such as Minerals North were a large part of the business plan of the new piece of infrastructure.  Smithers is now able to host larger events and put on a bigger show come time for the conference in 2016."

Telkwa and Smithers are so closely knit that it made sense to co-host the event.


Last Updated on Thursday, 18 September 2014 15:44

Big Fines are being Imposed for non-compliance

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Anti-Bullying/Anti-Harassment Requirement:
What Businesses Need to Know
Q: What is this new B.C. anti-bullying/anti-harassment requirement and where did it come
A: In November 2011, the B.C. government introduced Bill 14 to amend the Workers Compensation Act
to allow workers suffering from cumulative work-related stress to apply for and be granted benefits,
whereas previously the stress had to result from sudden and traumatic events. The government introduced
further amendments to Bill 14 in May 2012 to deal with workplace bullying and harassment. The bill
became law in July 2012. Compliance with the WorkSafeBC policy is now mandatory.
Q: What does this mean for my business?
As of November 1, 2013, all employers will be expected to comply with WorkSafeBC’s Employer
Duties – Workplace Bullying and Harassment (D3-115-2) policy. This policy explains WorkSafeBC’s
expectations of “reasonable steps” for an employer to prevent “where possible, or otherwise minimize,
workplace bullying.” Note, this applies to all employers, supervisors and workers.
Q: How can my business comply?
A: The new regulations require all B.C. businesses, large and small, to do the following:
1. Develop a policy statement that outlines how workplace bullying and harassment is not
acceptable or tolerated;
 Tip: Develop your policy by following how-to’s and a template available from
WorkSafeBC here, under the other resources section:
2. Take steps to prevent where possible, or otherwise minimize, workplace bullying and harassment;
3. Develop and implement procedures for workers to report incidents or complaints of workplace
bullying and harassment including how, when and to whom a worker should report incidents or
complaints. This must include procedures for a worker to report if the employer, supervisor or
person acting on behalf of the employer is the alleged bully or harasser;
 Tip: Develop reporting procedures by following how-to’s and a template available from
WorkSafeBC here, under the other resources section:
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4. Develop and implement procedures for how the employer will deal with incidents or complaints
of workplace bullying and harassment, including investigations and the scope thereof, roles and
responsibilities, follow-up measures, and record keeping;
 Tip: Develop investigation procedures and guides by following how-to’s and templates
available from WorkSafeBC here, under the other resources section:
5. Inform workers of the policy statement in (1) and the measures taken in (2);
6. Train all supervisors and workers to recognize the potential for bullying and harassment, respond
to bullying and harassment, and be aware of procedures for reporting and dealing with incidents
or complaints of bullying and harassment in (3) and (4) respectively;
 Tip: BC Chamber members can access a discounted, compliant course through the
Respect Group. Program details:
o Proactive online solution
o 90 minute self-guided program
o With testing and certification this enables your organization to demonstrate
o Available to BC Chamber members for $32 plus tax (rather than $40). To register
an employer and/or employees for the course, please contact Brad Blaisdell at
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 604.239.5523. You will need your
Chamber code to access the discount.
o Visit for more information about the program
7. Conduct annual reviews;
8. Not engage in bullying and harassment of workers and supervisors; and
9. Apply and comply with the employer’s policies and procedures on bullying and harassment.
Q: Where can I find other resources on this topic?
A: Additional information available from WorkSafeBC:
 A General Overview of tools/resources:
 A Small Business Guide, which includes a checklist for employers:

Chamber continues work on MMBC file

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Since achieving a significant reduction in the impact on business of Multi Material BC's recycling program, the BC Chamber is continuingactive efforts on this file (PDF), including: highlighting the need for municipalities to return savings to taxpayers and looking for mitigation measures for hard-hit industries. We have been active on this file since July 2013.

Chamber welcomes balanced budget

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BC Chamber welcomes balanced B.C. budget with targeted initiatives




Victoria, February 18, 2014 – Chambers of Commerce from across the province congratulated the B.C. government for tabling a second balanced budget that combines spending restraint with several targeted initiatives.


“Business has been clear: Government’s number one priority must be to keep its fiscal house in order. Budget 2014 does that by controlling spending while making modest investments into measures to help grow the economy,” said John Winter, president and CEO of the BC Chamber of Commerce. “British Columbians can take pride that we are one of only two jurisdictions in Canada to balance our budget and this was done with minimal tax increases.”


Budget 2014 forecasts a $175 million surplus for 2013/14, rising to $184 million in 2014-15. Budget 2014 includes several modest initiatives that will support on-going economic development across the province, including: an extension to the Scientific Research & Experimental Development and the Mining Flow-Through Share tax credit measures, an extension of the Distant Location Film Credit to the Capital Regional District, and increased funding for environmental approvals.


“As we look to drive our medium and long-term economic prosperity, it’s important that we remain committed to fiscal prudence – but also to ensuring our competitiveness on the global stage,” Winter said. “As we look at the big picture of the fiscal plan, government’s strong management will provide additional flexibility in future years. This flexibility is needed to help kick start our economy by addressing top-tier challenges facing business – notably skills development and tax competitiveness.”


The BC Chamber is the largest and most broadly-based business organization in the province.  Representing more than 125 Chambers of Commerce and 36,000 businesses of every size, sector and region of the province, the BC Chamber of Commerce is “The Voice of Business in BC.”- 30 -


For further details, please contact:


John Winter

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