Local Chamber Pushing for Support for YXS
Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Chamber of Commerce will wrap up the month with three representatives heading to the BC Chamber’s AGM being held in Kelowna, and they will be bringing three resolutions they hope to have passed.
The three resolutions deal with Airport funding, forestry and brownfields.
The Airport funding resolution points out that while the Federal Government has a fund to assist small airports with infrastructure upgrades, Prince George’s Airport , along with 5 others in the country, can’t apply for funding because it is on land leased from the Federal Government.
The resolution notes “These six airports have been deemed essential by the NAP but are experiencing difficulties paying for all of the capital requirements necessary for airports in Canada, for property, buildings and infrastructure that the Crown maintains ownership of.”
The resolution calls for an updating of the funding program to allow YXS and the other five airports to qualify for funding “so that they may fulfill their obligations as NAS airports without financial hardship that may cause the loss of the airports themselves” reads the resolution.
On the matter of forestry, the P.G. Chamber worked with the Williams Lake Chamber in developing a resolution that calls for the Provincial Government to work towards certainty on a number of fronts, including First Nations forest tenure, stumpage, annual allowable cuts and continued marketing of BC products.
The final resolution calls for continued funding to identify and remediate brownfields so they may be commercially viable properties.
“Our Chamber’s Advocacy Committee has focused their work on key impediments to business affecting our city and region,” said Cindi Pohl, President of the Prince George Chamber. “We believe wholeheartedly that, if the appropriate levels of government follow the recommendations outlined in these resolutions, all sorts of doors will open for Prince George and the region.”
The BC Chamber’s AGM will be held May29 – 31 and delegates will examine 55 resolutions from across the Province. If the resolutions pass, they become official BC Chamber policy, and the BC Chamber will present them to the appropriate levels of government.