When policy statements have been successfully implemented by government, or a significant portion of the recommendation has been successfully implemented, the policy is deemed to have been achieved.
Natural Gas Rates for Vancouver Island
In February 2014, the BC Utility Commission (BCUC) decided to approve the proposal for common natural gas rates for the province. The Chamber was one of six interveners in the application to BCUC for reconsideration on common rates. The reversal on common rates for natural gas saw rates on Vancouver Island reduced to match the rest of the province — projected to be over a 25 percent reduction. This is a significant policy win for both residents and businesses on Vancouver Island.
Tax Credit for Filming in Greater Victoria
In February 2014, the Film and Television Production Regulation was amended to include film production in Greater Victoria as eligible for the six percent Distant Location Regional Tax Credit. The Chamber and the Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission
were just some of those who advocated for Greater Victoria’s inclusion in the Regulation. Since the change, film production in the region has dramatically increased, with Vancouver Island South Film & Media Commission calculating 20 million in direct spending between Feb. 2014 and Apr. 2015.
Destination Marketing Organizations
In November 2012, the province launched Destination BC, a new industry-led, legislature-funded crown corporation. Destination BC was created to work directly with the tourism sector to market B.C. as a tourism destination, taking on a similar role to the former Tourism BC.
Foreign Convention and Tour Incentive Program
The federal government announced administrative improvements to the Foreign Convention and Tour Incentive Program (FCTIP) in May 2012. Improvements included: GST/HST rulings service to inform tour operators in advance about whether their tour packages will be eligible for a rebate; streamlining processing of FCTIP rebate claims; creating and distributing a multilingual information pamphlet on the program; and making information on the FCTIP easier to find on the CRA website.
Local Government Auditor General
In response to member concerns about the absolute level — and continuing rise — in Municipal Government spending, a proposal was drafted to create an auditor for municipalities. This auditor would conduct performance audits with the objective of achieving efficiencies in local government. This office was created in 2012 and the Act can be found here