September 27, 2017
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau;
Minister of Small Business Bardish Chagger;
Minister of Finance Bill Morneau;
Member of Parliament Sheila Malcolmson, Nanaimo Ladysmith;
Member of Parliament Gord Johns, Courtenay-Alberni;
Re: Opposition to Proposed Upcoming Federal Tax Legislation Changes
The Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce wishes to register its disappointment in the lack of meaningful consultation prior to committing to major changes outlined in tax legislation currently tabled in the House or awaiting legislative language and activity at the Committee level.
Belief in the philosophy and the very culture of entrepreneurship in Canada is at stake. At issue are the accepted, legitimate, and legal mechanics that have for decades defined the sacrosanct relationship between government and small business. If the federal government continues down this path, what we risk compromising is small business’s ability to “do what we do”: meaningfully fund the local soccer team, hockey team, rotary clubs, hospital, hospice, soup kitchen and food bank. Thus, these changes not only threaten the “golden goose” of Canada’s economy, but are also poised to undermine small business’s role as cornerstones of Canada’s communities.
We echo others with our respectful request that the Minister consider:
1) extending the unreasonably short consultation period beyond 75 days (noting that the last such changes of this magnitude, forty years ago, involved a two-year consultation period); and
2) referring the entire conversation on tax modernization and simplification to a non-partisan Royal Commission and give this issue the attention it deserves;
3) including stakeholder input involving the 70+ organizations like ours that belong to the Canadian Business Taxpayers Fairness Coalition in future recommendations.
We are writing confident in the support of 90% of our membership of 700 who qualify as ‘small businesses’ — the backbone of our community!
KIM SMYTHE, CEO & President per
GREG PHILLIPS, KELLY WHITTON,
Co-Chairs on behalf of the unanimous support of the Board of Directors for this action.
Video Meeting with Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce: https://drive.google.com/open?id=0BzEIrfeI311ocElXZkpyN0RZLU0
Businesses across Canada are speaking out against proposed federal tax changes that seriously threaten the future of small businesses, the medical and dental professions, farmers, and family businesses. The government has set a deadline of October 2, 2017 for feedback.
We’re inviting businesses throughout the region to provide us with case statements of how these changes might affect their businesses and their lives. We’ll be sharing this with Nanaimo-Ladysmith MP Sheila Malcolmson, and the NDP’s Critic for Small Business & Tourism, Gord Johns Member of Parliament for Courtenay-Alberni. We are also working in concert with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce who have an action plan in place targeting the Minister of Finance.
Here are links to white papers outlining the issues (prepared by MNP) for more information, a link to a news segment on Global television, a link to the video of our round table event with Sheila Malcolmson on September 6, a PDF of a Canadian Chamber statement, the Nanaimo Chamber media release issued September 8 and a template letter you can use to submit your concerns to your local MP, or submit to the Chamber to use in our communications with the federal government through our MP and to the Canadian Chamber to bolster their efforts on behalf of thousands of Canadian businesses.
Summary Paper – Department of Finance Proposed Changes for Canadian Entrepreneurs
Income Sprinkling: How the Proposed Legislation Impacts You and Your Business
Tax Rule Changes: Impacts on Passive Investments, You and Your Business
NANAIMO – MAY 5, 2017
2017 BUSINESS AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED
Nineteen excited businesses and non-profit organizations received top honours at Nanaimo’s 17th Annual Business & Achievement Awards in the Port Theatre Thursday night.
“Out of over 125 nominations, 57 finalists were chosen by an independent judging panel and the winners were the top-ranked among those finalists. Businesses did not have to be Chamber members to qualify. This was the largest group of nominees we’ve ever seen and the best-attended awards event we’ve held,” according to Kim Smythe, President & CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. “Thanks to our sponsors and volunteers for making this ‘Oscar-style event’ a night to remember for so many Nanaimo organizations.”
Micro Business of the Year
NYLA Fresh Thread
Small and Medium Enterprise of the Year
Foley Dog Treat Company Inc.
Major Employer of the Year
Restaurant of the Year
Baby Salsa Mexican Restaurant
Arts & Culture Business of the Year
Nanaimo Art Gallery
Professional Services Business of the Year
Planning / Design Firm of the Year
Datum Point Studios
Developer / Builder of the Year
Technology-Based Business of the Year
Sustainability Excellence of the Year
Chatwin Engineering – Cowichan Tribes Partnership
Healthcare / Medical Service Business of the Year
Outstanding Corporate Social Responsibility
Nanaimo Precast Ltd.
Social Enterprise of the Year
Not For Profit Organization of the Year
Central Vancouver Island Multicultural Society
Inclusive Employer of the Year
Automotive Business of the Year
Tim’s Automotive Repair & Used Car Sales
Building Trades Business of the Year
Retailer of the Year
McLean’s Specialty Foods
Catrina Elliot – Elite Image
NANAIMO – March 23, 2017
CHAMBER GIVES FEDERAL BUDGET PASSING GRADE
Chambers of Commerce across Canada gave the federal budget a C+ grading at best, as did the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce, citing efforts of the Liberal government to limit deficit growth this year with less robust spending.
“Highlighted items include benefits to Ports from the National Trade Corridors Fund, a billion dollar commitment to high tech development, and the easing of inter-provincial trade restrictions on beer, wine and spirits. These all have a potential for positive impact on Nanaimo and the mid-Island,” according to Kim Smythe, President & CEO of the Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce.
The 2017 Budget also included extension of additional funding for Destination Canada, promoting Canadian tourist destinations internationally, and a growing investment in clean technology. “Tourism support is vital to continued growth of that sector locally. Any growth in tech development support is considered a benefit to Nanaimo’s economy as the fourth fastest-growing tech economy in BC. Combining business assistance, support and funding programs into a single source under an “Innovation” banner could also bring benefits to local entrepreneurs, start-ups and business developers”.
According to Canadian Chamber CEO Perrin Beatty, “We need concrete steps to make it easier for companies and individuals to transform ideas into commodities and services. In turn, these new businesses will support more high-tech jobs and foster further innovation. Canada needs to become an innovation leader to make sure new technologies and new jobs are created here, not in Silicon Valley.”
Smythe continued, “The Provincial government has been balancing budgets and investing in a more diversified economy – and this means they can now roll out bolder investments and a competitive tax structure that gives businesses the choice to invest and hire more British Columbians. As the federal government begins to rein in spending, some of these benefits may accrue over time on the federal front.”
For more information:
KIM SMYTHE: 250-756-1191
Join Finance Minister Mike deJong on Thursday, February 23 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre for breakfast. Minister deJong will be sharing his presentation at the legislature with Nanaimo businesses just two days after releasing BC’s Provincial Budget for 2017-18. This is the budget that the government will take into the provincial election this May and will be a major milestone for BC. Typically, budget details are kept under wraps until released on budget day. Minister deJong’s visit here will be his first chance to discuss the budget in detail in public. He will give the public presentation, then invite your questions and engage in open discussion on the fine points of interest to Nanaimo businesses and residents. Reserve your seat now!
8:00 Buffet Breakfast
8:15 Introduction of the Finance Minister
8:45 Q & A Session
9:15 Presentation concludes
(All times approximate)
Michael de Jong was re-elected in 2013 as the MLA for Abbotsford West, an area he has represented since first being elected to the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia in a 1994 by-election. Michael was reappointed as Minister of Finance on June 10, 2013. He currently chairs the Treasury Board and the Legislative Review Committee, and is a member of the Cabinet Working Group on Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), the Priorities and Planning Committee, and the Cabinet Working Group on Core Review. The six-term MLA previously served as Minister of Health, Attorney General, Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, Minister of Labour and Citizens’ Services, and Minister of Forests. In addition, he also served as Government House Leader
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