Kelowna Chamber needs inexpensive housing

As the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce prevails, housing will become more affordable, more resources will be devoted to helping people with mental health problems and addiction problems, fruit growers will be more productive, and wine can be shipped to Ontario.

The local chamber tabled nine resolutions at the last annual general meeting of the BC Chamber of Commerce, all of which were adopted.

This means that the BC Chamber will lobby the provincial government to achieve the changes and actions described in the resolutions.

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<p>The Kelowna Chamber has tabled the BC Urban Mayors Caucus blueprint as a resolution for the future as it covers a wide range of issues, including housing affordability and the funding of mental health and addiction treatment.</p>
<p>The work of the caucus is important to the Kelowna Chamber as well, as Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran is the group’s co-chair.</p>
<p>“We were pleased to lead efforts to support the many critical issues they (the city mayors) have raised, not least the need for additional funding for mental health and addiction treatment,” said Dan Rogers, Executive Director the Kelowna Chamber.</p>
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With an average price of $ 900,000 for a house in Kelowna, $ 622,000 for a townhouse, and $ 455,000 for a condo, owning the city has become out of reach for many.

For this reason, the Chamber has introduced three further resolutions aimed at making living more accessible.

These include: changing the Energy STEP code for building, which will drive the prices of new homes even higher, hitting the pause button on BC’s property speculation tax, and reforming the land transfer tax to keep the already expensive properties off get even more expensive.

Other resolutions put forward and passed by the local chamber include government funding for training programs to make fruit growers more productive; Assigning a dollar value to forests, green spaces, and wetlands; Reform of the regulations of the agricultural land commission; Digital media support; and dismantling inter-provincial barriers to trade in beer, wine and spirits.

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