Chamber president David Sawatzky speaks at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting held in Regina last week.

Chamber president David Sawatzky speaks at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting held in Regina last week.

Mission Chamber resolution passes at national conference

Canadian reps give 99 per cent support for Mission’s remediation standard policy for illegal/legal substance affected properties.

The Mission Regional Chamber of Commerce (MRCC) policy resolution on Remediation Standard for Legal and Illegal Substance Affected Properties was adopted at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce annual general meeting held in Regina last week.

Chamber president David Sawatzky presented the policy to the floor and received a 99 per cent vote in favour with no amendments.

“This is an outstanding accomplishment for the Government Affairs Committee with the MRCC as they have worked tirelessly for many years to bring this policy forward to both the provincial and federal level,” said Sawatzky.

After receiving unanimous support for the policy at the BC Chamber of Commerce AGM in Kelowna in May, the MRCC received numerous requests to bring the policy to the federal level.

The resolution put forward by the Mission Chamber addresses pressing issues identified by the business community on the need to ensure a standard level of remediation of homes affected by the manufacture and cultivation of substances.

“We left no doubt that this was an important and long-awaited policy of national scope that needed attention now, especially considering the housing stock deficit in many of our communities and the impending legalization of marijuana,” said Sawatzky.

In total, 62 resolutions were passed and seven were defeated with one being withdrawn.

The Mission Chamber supported several other B.C. chambers’ resolutions. Locally supported resolutions included:

• Barriers to Succession Planning – Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce;

• Credit Card Merchant Fees – Vancouver Board of Trade;

• Integrated Water Management for Canada’s Water Resources – Surrey Board of Trade; and

• Protecting Our Infrastructure Asset Management – Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce.

Details on the resolutions will be available on the chamber’s website: missionchamber.bc.ca.