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Monday
Sep292014

Surrey Board of Trade Receives National Business Support To Have Child Care On Nation's Business Agenda  

At the Canadian Chamber of Commerce’s annual general meeting (AGM), held Sept. 28-29, 2014 in Charlottetown, P.E.I, the Surrey Board of Trade submitted a resolution, Reforming Canada's Child Care Plan. The Surrey Board of Trade received the unanimous support from the nation's business leaders to have the Canadian Government:

1. Work with the provinces and territories to fully examine the potential impact on productivity and the Canadian GDP of a countrywide system of child care with possible implications for child care rates and spaces. 
2. Ensure that the findings and policy recommendations associated with the aforementioned study should be delimited by, and respect, provincial jurisdictional limitations, as well as fiscal considerations, associated with the implementation of child care policy. 

"The Surrey Board of Trade is pleased to see that child care is on the business and economic agenda, especially as in BC, and across the nation, we face skill and labour shortages. Parents need more support. It was wonderful to see the unanimous support from the delegates from the provinces of Alberta and Ontario. The Surrey Board of Trade referenced that Canadian productivity and economic competition would increase with a focus on child care. The study by the federal government will substantiate our perspective", said Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade. 

Even though Prime Minister Stephen Harper introduced a taxable Universal Child Care Benefit through his government seven years ago, the benefit for any working parent, searching for child care in this country, ca'/t find child care anywhere close to $100 a month.

The current reality in Canada is that women race to get their names on waiting lists for daycare even before the child is born. Young families, especially in cities such as Surrey and Vancouver, where the cost of care is highest in the country, are being priced out of parenthood. Businesses are losing employees who don’t return after parental leave because the stress of finding good child-care is not worth it. "That is why child-care is an issue for a business association."

At the AGM, the Surrey Board of Trade's resolution was approved by the Canadian Chamber’s member chambers of commerce and boards of trade, representing 200,000 Canadian businesses. The Surrey Board of Trade resolution is now a policy position of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and its members and will be pursued with the federal government over the coming months by the Surrey Board of Trade as well as the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. 

For more information, go HERE.

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Contact:

Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade
604-340-3899 

Thursday
Sep252014

PRESS CONFERENCE Releasing the Results of Surrey’s perception to reality study. 

The surprising results of a landmark study on Surrey will be released on October 7th. It examines broad-reaching research on quality of life and compares it with the results of a public opinion survey.

What are Surrey’s top 11 issues? How did residents ‘grade’ their community? Please join us and our partners, the Surrey Board of Trade and Simon Fraser University, as we reveal the results of Surrey’s first Vital Signs report.

What:      Unveiling of Surrey’s first Vital Signs study

Who:       Jeff Hector, President, SurreyCares
                Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade

When:     October 7, 2014 – 9:00am-10:30am
                  - Summary of results followed by detailed briefing

Where:   Surrey Arts Centre, 13750 - 88 Avenue, Studio Theatre

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Contact:     
John Kageorge  -  604-617-4745, jkageorge@surreycares.org
Anita Huberman – 604-340-3899, anita@businessinsurrey.com

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Monday
Sep082014

Waste Management Solutions Panel & Environment Award Winners

On Thursday, September 11th, the Surrey Board of Trade hosted the 8th Annual Surrey Environment and Business Awards Lunch, featuring a Waste Management Solutions Panel. The panelists spoke to topics such as Multi Material BC (MMBC), Organics Waste, and Bylaw 280 – Regulation of Solid Waste and Recyclable Materials. The five panelists were:

  • Mayor Derek Corrigan, Vice Chair of the Zero Waste Committee, Metro Vancouver
  • Neil Hastie, Global Product Stewardship Council
  • Candace Le Roy, Director, SFU Sustainability Office
  • Genevieve Blondin, Growing City
  • Nicole Stefenelli, Urban Impact 

The event also featured a presentation by Surrey Councillor Bruce Hayne on the Green Surrey Program, as well as the presentation of the Environment and Business Awards. The awards were presented to Surrey Board of Trade members or Surrey-based businesses that have demonstrated exceptional dedication to environmental leadership and/or issues. The award recipients are guided by a sense of respect for the environment and demonstrate this initiative consistently. 

This year’s winners are:
Small Business – TBF Environmental Technology Inc.

Medium Business – Novex Delivery Solutions

Large Business – Guildford Town Centre

For further information, please contact Anita Huberman, CEO, Surrey Board of Trade, at anita@businessinsurrey.com or at 604.634.0342.

Saturday
Sep062014

Surrey Board of Trade met with Canada’s Minister of Citizenship and Immigration

On Friday, September 5, at the Surrey Public Library, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander spoke with an invitation-only roundtable. Given Surrey’s large multicultural community and its direct line to Surrey’s economy, the Surrey Board of Trade focused on Canada’s immigration system as it evolves starting January 2015. The federal government will introduce a new application management system for selecting and processing economic immigrants: The Expression of Interest (EOI) system. 
The Surrey Board of Trade’s CEO, Anita Huberman, said that “this system represents a huge opportunity for B.C. and its employers but only if designed properly. In order to be successful the system must meet two key criteria: it must reflect the needs of employers, large and small, an accommodate BC’s complex labour market realities.”
The following points were highlighted to Minister Alexander:
1. Benchmark processing times (from selection to arrival) against comparable systems; be the fastest immigration system in the world. 
2. Accelerate Labour Market Opinions for ‘trusted employers’ and specific occupations where skill shortages exist.
3. Let employers access the pool of candidates directly.
4. Enable immigration consultants to help employers navigate and use the EOI system.
5. Treat employers and prospective immigrants as customers.
6. Strike a balance between integrity and usability.
7. Provide a clear pathway for newcomers seeking the recognition of their foreign credentials; newcomers should be connected to professional regulatory bodies prior to arriving in Canada.
8. Enable employers to use the tools they normally employ when selecting and screening candidates.
9. Allow employers to provide pre-selected candidates a pathway to permanent residence, with the ability to track them through the system and prevent ‘poaching’.
10. Allow immigrants to self-select where they want to live and for whom they want to work; to the extent that they exist, assign provincial immigrant quotas based on labour market needs.
11. Market the EOI system internationally to prospective immigrants and domestically to employers – a ‘if you build it, they will come’ strategy will not work. 
12. Publish the aggregate data from employers’ searches and the skills profiles of newcomers entering Canada through the EOI system. 
13. Enable the EOI system to accommodate employers with lower and semi-skilled labour needs. 
The Surrey Board of Trade’s workplace development strategy and the respective advocacy teams that support this will coordinate activity to complement and monitor the implementation of the new EOI system.