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Success with Policy Presentation

Representatives of the Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce recently attended the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM and Policy Conference in Charlottetown, P.E.I. The Parksville & District Chamber delegation went with a purpose – to ensure passage of a policy regarding the certification of forestry practices and the acceptance of those certifications by the Canadian Green Building Council. The policy submitted by the Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce addresses this issue by calling for the federal government to promote competition and continued improvement of green building standards; promote fair competition among responsibly managed forests; advance Canada's forest industry in the global marketplace and protect jobs and enhance resource based jobs.

Green building rating systems help determine a structure’s level of environmental performance. The LEED rating system, developed by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), was adopted by the Canada Green Building Council in 2004. LEED has made positive contributions by promoting green building design and energy efficiency. This system, however, does not recognize all credible forest certification standards equally.

Get Out and Vote! Campaign

Posted in Chamber News

Looking to encourage your chamber members and business community to exercise their right to a voice in the 2014 municipal election? Here are some great strategies you can encourage them to take part in.

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Program Overview
In the last municipal election less 35% of eligible Parksville voters went to the polls. This campaign focuses on encouraging you, the eligible voter, to exercise your right to have a voice and VOTE on November 15th.

HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN DO:

Parksville's Business Walk

It’s a quick way to take the pulse of business in Parksville. It’s called a Business Walk. On February 11 small teams of representatives from The City of Parksville and The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce will walk through the City talking to business owners to find out how their businesses are doing. The teams won’t spend a lot of time in each business but the information they will gather will be critical to build relationships and to address the important issue of business retention.
“We want to find out what businesses needs to increase their success and how we can help them to get there” says Chamber President Robynne Shaw.

PDCC Position on Proposed DCC Increases

Posted in Policy & Positions

Development Cost Charges are prescribed as an allowable imposition by a local government to assist the local government to pay the capital costs of constructing sewage, water, drainage, and highway facilities and providing and improving parkland.

Development Cost Charges are regulated through the Local Government Act; Division 10, Sections 933-937. The Act lays out the parameters by which local government can implement a DCC Bylaw.  The City of Parksville is proposing to introduce a new DCC Bylaw which will see rates increase by 45%.

The Chamber’s response to DCC changes will address:

Click <Here>  for the full document.

Inter-Community Business License Program

Posted in Chamber News

City Approves in Principle

The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce congratulate the City of Parksville for their approval in principle of participation in an inter-community Business License Scheme.

This initiative, proposed and promoted by Island Chambers and received and implemented by Island Local Governments, will allow businesses to work in communities from Duncan to Campbell River by purchasing a business license in their hometown and also purchasing an intercommunity license.

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