West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Newsletter June 6, 2018
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RSVP to MLA Breakfast June 12

Talk Health Tax with your MLAs

Breakfast Meeting
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 
7:00 am to 9:00 am 

PARC Education Centre 
2235 Marine Drive, West Vancouver
(next to the Chamber office) 

Join us for a discussion on the new NDP employer Health Tax
and learn how it will affect your business.

This is a free event but RSVP is required. (click the RSVP button) 
Muffins & coffee will be served. 

Ralph Sultan, MLA, West Vancouver - Capilano  (L)
Jordan Sturdy, MLA,  West Vancouver - Sea to Sky (R)

BC Budget 2018 will eliminate Medical Service Plan (MSP) premiums effective Jan. 1, 2020; the Province is replacing the revenues from MSP premiums with an employer health tax. This new payroll tax is to come into effect Jan. 1, 2019 with the following rate structure:

  • Businesses with a payroll of more than $1.5 million will pay a rate of 1.95% on their total payroll.
  • Businesses with a payroll between $500,000 and $1.5 million will pay a reduced tax rate.
  • Businesses with a payroll under $500,000 will not pay the tax.
RSVP to MLA Breakfast June 12


WV Chamber members can receive 40% Discount on UPS shipping


Did you know that as a West Vancouver Chamber member you can sign up for UPS Courier Discounts? Ship faster, track better, and streamline your processes – all while saving time and money. Chamber members, take advantage of the UPS Members Benefit Program and save on a variety of UPS services! You’ll receive 40% off all small package shipments including imports to Canada, 30% off brokerage entry preparations fees, at least 75% off freight shipments over 150 lb. and more. To get started  Visit: or call the WV Chamber office 604.926.6614 for details.

OCP Public Hearing June 18th at WV District Council Chambers

At the Public Hearing on June 18, starting at 6 pm, West Vancouver residents will have the opportunity to provide feedback to Council on the proposed Official Community Plan. Find out more and read all of the proposed plan at

Congrats WV Chamber members...

Congratulations to Chamber members Shakespeare Home and Renovation, and Upward Construction & Renovation, winners at the 2018 Ovation Awards, Recognizing Excellence in New-Home Construction, Renovation and Design in Metro Vancouver.
Shakespeare Home and Renovations won for Best Small-Scale Home Under 1,000  s.f.; Excellence in Building Science in Residential Construction; and FortisBC Award for Excellence in Energy Efficiency in New Residential Construction. Upward Construction and Renovation Ltd. won Best Custom Home: $1.5 Million–Under $3 Million; and Best Interior Design Custom Residence: New or Renovated
This annual event is put on by the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association. Congratulations!

Proposed list of products for Tariffs 

Last week, the United States administration imposed tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum products from Canada, at the rates of 25% and 10%, respectively.

In response to these measures, Canada intends to impose its own tariffs on imports of steel, aluminum, and other products from the U.S.   The Canadian government is asking for input on its proposed list of target products. Chamber members are encouraged to review the list and provide the federal government with your comments, as appropriate.
From the Department of Finance Canada website:
"Notice of intent to impose countermeasures action against the United States in response to tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum products
On May 31, 2018, the United States (U.S.) announced the imposition of tariffs on imports of certain steel and aluminum products from Canada (at the rates of 25% and 10%, respectively). 

In response to these measures, Canada intends to impose surtaxes or similar trade-restrictive countermeasures against up to C$16.6 billion in imports of steel, aluminum, and other products from the U.S., representing the value of 2017 Canadian exports affected by the U.S. measures.  The Government is also considering whether additional measures may be required." Further information:


 FREE Month of Education (June 2018) at Small Business BC 

Small Business BC to be partnering with WorkSafeBC to offer seminars, webinars and Talk to the Expert Services for FREE for the month of June. 
With over 30 topics available in person and via webinar and over 10 scheduled expert sessions scheduled, this is a great opportunity for small business owners in your community to get the education they need to build and grow their business. Find out More: 


BC Indigenous Business Awards - Nominations Open

For further information:


Another great Members Saving Program - Lenovo Computers

West Vancouver Chamber members: check out the saving on Lenovo Computer with the 1-800 Members Program


West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce
Celebrating 66 years serving our business community 

The West Vancouver Chamber is one of the largest not for profit business organization in West Vancouver. Its members include individuals working in all aspects of the business industry.
Did you know...Consumers are 80% more likely to buy goods and services from a Chamber member. Your Membership means business.
We hope you will JOIN US! ... and network with our local business community, attend events, receive discounts, display your collateral in our office, have a Member Profile included in this newsletter with a link to your website and much more. 

Looking for a health plan for your employees? Check out The Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan, the #1 Plan in Canada! For employee benefits, covering over 25,000 small businesses across Canada. ALL types of businesses are eligible for the program - no industry exclusions!  For further information contact local rep:  Jason Weinstein, CFP Benefits Specialist. P: 604-637-1137.


 Fellow members have generously offered many discounts to our members. Check out the fabulous discounts offered: show your membership card! 
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