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5/27/2017 Media Release
B.C. Business Community Agrees – Greater Victoria First Up for Transportation Authority

Greater Victoria, May 27, 2017 – The B.C. business community agrees that Greater Victoria needs a solution to its transportation woes now, one that paves the way for other B.C. regions who will soon face similar challenges.

The updated resolution, Improving Urban Transportation in B.C.: Transportation Authorities, was endorsed by the BC Chamber and its member chambers and boards of trade on May 27 during its annual general meeting and conference, running May 25 to 27 at the Victoria Conference Centre.

The resolution recommends the Province of B.C. legislate additional regional transportation authorities as needed, starting in Greater Victoria, to enable increased efficiency in the coordination, planning, funding, and operation of a multi-modal transportation network.

The resolution emerged from the joint efforts of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority, Tourism Victoria, the City of Victoria and the Downtown Victoria Business Association to request Provincial support on issues of importance to the city.

“Without a transportation authority, we will not be able to achieve real progress towards a fast, easy and reliable regional transportation system,” said Catherine Holt, CEO of the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce. “Let's collectively learn from Victoria’s 50-year debacle with sewage treatment, and move toward transportation governance that meets the needs of growing communities throughout B.C.”

Being able to freely move between municipalities is not only vital to commerce, but in accessing health, recreation, and social supports. As urban centres grow and municipalities increasingly become inter-dependent, the importance of regional transportation networks increases. As the second largest population centre in B.C., home to the provincial capital, host to key sectors that contribute to B.C.’s economy, Greater Victoria urgently needs a solution now, one that paves the way for other B.C. regions who will soon face similar challenges.

Improving Urban Transportation in B.C.: Transportation Authorities is just one of nine policy resolutions that the Greater Victoria Chamber will present to the provincial business community at the BC Chamber Conference in Victoria.

"Greater Victoria businesses benefit from having B.C.'s network of chambers of commerce and boards of trade unite on the provincial issues that affect us all," adds Catherine. “Over the three-day conference, we will vote on what we need of our next provincial government.”

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce is the largest business association in Greater Victoria, with over 1,400 member organizations. It is funded by businesses to support business, and works to strengthen the region’s business community through advocacy, networking events, professional development and other programming to support its members. More info at www.victoriachamber.ca.

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