Advocacy Process

Policy Process

Advocacy/Influence is one of the primary benefits offered to Chamber members; however, it is also the most difficult to quantify.

As a business owner, what if one day you find yourself ‘victim’ of a municipal, provincial or federal government decision that limits your effectiveness or impacts your bottom line?  Wouldn’t it be great if you had someone with influence to go to bat for you?  Wouldn’t it be great if that influence carried the weight of hundreds of other businesses and had a positive track record of results?  That’s what you get with a Chamber of Commerce membership; hundreds of voices are all primed to come to your business’ aid if ever necessary.  That’s what we call Advocacy.

Advocacy is like car insurance.  You may never need it, but it’s nice to know you have it.  Consider our Advocacy for your business insurance.  Keep it in your back pocket.  In case you ever need it, it’s priceless.

Our Advocacy Committee gathers feedback from you, our members, on issues of importance. Then, the committee carefully researches and develops solution-based recommendations. Then, together with the Board of Directors, an official stance is determined, and the issue is advanced with the appropriate authorities.

If you have an issue that deserves our attention and advocacy strength, please voice your concern here.

Municipal Policy Effects

The Penticton & Wine Country Chamber of Commerce works diligently to maintain accountability and communication with the City of Penticton as often as possible.  Volunteer Board members are present at every City Council meeting, ensuring business interests and Chamber members are represented.  Additionally, this constant presence guarantees that important municipal issues are quickly communicated back to the Board of Directors.

Furthermore, City Councillors have one (1) non-voting seat on the Board of Directors to liaison between the City and local business.  Currently, this role is filled by Councillor Campbell Watt.  Councillors and Mayor John Vassilaki frequently attend Chamber events to develop a collaborative relationship with our Chamber and meet other Penticton business leaders.

These links help to create a sustained dialogue between the Chamber and the City of Penticton.  On issues of importance to Penticton business and development, the City turns to the Chamber for solutions. We are happy to continue our role as the Voice of Business in Penticton.

BC Chamber of Commerce

The BC Chamber of Commerce’s dynamic, grassroots policy-building process is key to our success as B.C.’s premier business advocate.

Our network of local Chambers and their member businesses include sole proprietorships, micro-businesses and BC’s largest corporate players, capturing the views of every region and sector in the province. In addition, our advocacy efforts carry the backing of our 36,000 represented businesses.

The BC Chamber’s rigorous policy-building process, coupled with our strategic advocacy efforts, has driven our outstanding track record of policy results.


MindReader is a free member benefit that will allow you to provide your opinion on emerging issues that affect your business and team. This province-wide digital network will allow all B.C.-based Chambers to unite their voices and share views on doing business in BC so that we can cut more red tape on your behalf.

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National Impact

The BC Chamber works closely with our partner, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, to ensure that made-in-B.C. policies have a national impact. We annually participate in the Canadian Chamber’s policy process and bring B.C.’s needs and innovative solutions before our peers from across the country.

The Power to Shape Policy

Since 1925, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has connected businesses of all sizes, from all sectors and from all regions of the country to advocate for public policies that will foster a strong, competitive economic environment that benefits businesses, communities and families across Canada.

Representing 200,000 businesses, we are the largest business association in Canada and the country’s most influential. Our views are sought after and respected by the government, business leaders and the media thanks to our well-researched reports, analyses, position papers and policy resolutions that reflect a broad business perspective.