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ADVOCACY IN ACTION

Whistler Chamber progressing province-wide labour shortage solutions

During UBCM Whistler Chamber CEO, Melissa Pace and Board Chair, Theresa Walterhouse met with Minister of Labour, Harry Bains regarding the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the effects the province-wide labour shortage is having on our community.

Melissa and Theresa walked Minister Bains through the village demonstrating first-hand the effects of the shortage on our local economy.  The walk and talk highlighted the volume of help wanted signs in store windows and Melissa explained that many Members have been forced to shorten hours, reduce menus, close sections in restaurants and more.

Bruce Ralston, Minister of Jobs, Trade and Technology, also joined the conversation and arranged a meeting with his Asst Deputy Minister, Rob Mingay the next day.

Progress for our Members:

  • Assistant Deputy Minister Mingay has committed to writing a letter to Minister Ralston outlining the state of labour in the Province – calling it now a ‘labour crisis’ – seeking direction and strategic initiatives to support the business community of BC.
  • While the TFWP and working holiday visas are only one piece of a multifaceted challenge, your chamber continues to advocate on housing, transportation, and solutions to support our business community now and into the future.
  • We will continue to follow up with the Ministers to ensure progress and changes are made.
Moving the Dial on Whistler Child Care Solutions

Moving the Dial on Whistler Child Care Solutions

Your Chamber continually champions child care as a key issue facing Whistler businesses and our wider community. This year we have been at the table having discussions with our leaders in our community, and our resort partners, including the Resort Municipality of Whistler.

Advocacy in Action with MLA Jordan Sturdy

Advocacy in Action with MLA Jordan Sturdy

This week the Whistler Chamber held a virtual roundtable discussion with Jordan Sturdy, MLA for West Vancouver-Sea to Sky and a small group of Members. The goal of this discussion was to provide our MLA with a deeper understanding of Whistler businesses’ main concerns are at this time.

Advocacy in Action with MP Patrick Weiler

Advocacy in Action with MP Patrick Weiler

ADVOCACY IN ACTION Advocacy in Action with MP Patrick Weiler June 12, 2020 This week the Whistler Chamber held a virtual roundtable discussion with a small group of Members, and we were joined by Patrick Weiler, MP for West Vancouver - Sunshine Coast - Sea to Sky...