Voice of Business

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The Squamish Chamber of Commerce is the ‘voice of business’ in Squamish, championing important issues for the business community.

Through our annual member survey and the work of our Policy Committee, key issues for 2018 have been identified. Click on the sections below for more details on recent activities, policies and reports. 

As the voice of business in Squamish, the Chamber believes in partnership and collaboration. Together we are stronger – both in terms of the size and strength of our network, and in having our community and provincial partners recognize us as a trusted partner; one who makes evidence-based decisions with the shared goal of a stronger Squamish. 

What’s on your mind? Read the BC Chamber Collective Perspective 2018


The Squamish Chamber is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the community by actively supporting business, economic growth and economic diversification. Preserving employment lands, attracting well-paid jobs, supporting business growth, and developing the workforce are key priorities.

We continue to work closely with the Squamish Economic Development office and other levels of government to support opportunities, identify areas of concern, and provide feedback and data to inform budgets, strategies, plans and initiatives that impact the Squamish community.


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Housing affordability is a priority for businesses. In 2018, three in four (76%) of businesses surveyed experienced challenges recruiting and/or retaining staff, with lack of affordable housing to rent cited as the main issue. The scarcity of housing is not limited to social housing, and impacts a cross section of businesses. The Squamish Chamber supports initiatives that improve access to affordable housing for employees (e.g. purpose built rental), stimulate housing inventory and reduce barriers to development and ownership.


  • Attract and Retain a Skilled Workforce

Attraction and retention of a skilled workforce is necessary across all business sectors to ensure we can continue to build a community where people can live, work and play.

  • Improve Access to Affordable Housing

To further facilitate business growth, the Squamish Chamber supports improved access to affordable housing through an increase  in a variety of housing options, including, but not limited to purpose-built rentals, secondary suites, and workforce housing. 

  • Reduce Barriers to Development and Ownership

The Squamish Chamber supports stimulating housing inventory by by supporting policies at the local, provincial and federal levels of government that reduce barriers to development and ownership of housing. 



For developers seeking to connect with the Squamish Chamber, please download and complete the PDF version of the Residential Development Form. Access to affordable employee housing, among other factors, is a consideration for the Chamber’s support.

As the Squamish community grows, the Chamber supports developments that are based on global best practices, rational, well planned and thought-out decisions. Growth management seeks to accommodate growth rationally, not prevent or limit it. Support for initiatives will consider the impact of future developments on the  need to sustain employment lands, protect the environment and contribute towards a strong and resilient community where residents have access to services, well-paying jobs and affordable homes.


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The Squamish Chamber supports initiatives that ensure access by all residents and visitors to a full range of transportation choices within the District of Squamish and through the Sea to Sky Corridor e.g. bus, vehicle, rail, sea, air, and their complimentary infrastructure, through the lenses of people, the economy and the environment; convenience, connectivity and environment being the initial priorities.

Initiatives require a comprehensive engagement process, market demand analysis and strong governance / operational models. The Chamber supports the undertaking of an updated corridor rail study and encourages the provincial government to prioritize regional business and economic benefits in transportation infrastructure investments.


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Access to elected officials

The Squamish Chamber provides members with opportunities to engage with our elected officials at lunches with the Mayor of Squamish, MLA West-Vancouver-Sea to Sky and MP West Vancouver-Sea to Sky.

From left to right:

Pamela Goldsmith-Jones
MP West Vancouver – Sea to Sky

Jordan Sturdy
MLA, West Vancouver – Sea to Sky

Patricia Heintzman
Squamish Mayor

2018 BC Chamber policy resolutions

The Squamish Chamber recently created a policy resolution to support the forestry sector, which was passed at the BC Chamber of Commerce AGM in May 2018. The policy identifies a need for balanced policies to address underharvest of coastal allowable annual cut. Read the resolution below.

The Squamish Chamber supported many other resolutions around our key areas of concern, including housing affordability, transit and economic development. 

Squamish Excellence

In the 2017 member survey, nearly two in three respondents (61%) stated they had faced challenges with recruiting or retaining staff in the last 12 months. Housing affordability (to rent and own) and lack of skilled candidates applying were cited as the key challenges.

Working in partnership with the District of Squamish and Tourism Squamish, the Squamish Chamber is developing a training and educational program – Squamish Excellence – to improve the skills of the Squamish workforce and help businesses grow.

Squamish Excellence aims to:

• Demonstrate investment in staff, resulting in improved staff engagement, increased employee satisfaction and higher retention levels.

• Grow knowledge and skills, thereby improving customer satisfaction, productivity and fiscal strength.

• Improve the skills of the workforce and talent pool in Squamish.

The Squamish Chamber is very grateful for funding from the Province of BC which has allowed us to develop many tools and resources to help businesses grow and to create the talent development program

consultation and collaboration

By working together, we can achieve so much more. 

Destination Development Squamish Chamber

The Squamish Chamber working together with the Economic Development Officer, Tourism Squamish and local businesses.


The Squamish Chamber makes your voice heard in a number of forums:

Participation in various community engagement initiatives, including the Official Community Plan, Downtown planning, Squamish Marine Strategy and engagement with various sector associations.

Submission to public consultations, including the Sunshine Coast Fixed Link and the Official Community Plan

Destination Development – a collaboration of local, regional and provincial agencies, First Nations, destination marketing organizations, tourism operators and business associations working together to strategically vision and plan for the future of tourism in the region.

Collaboration with the BC Chamber of Commerce, Whistler Chamber, Pemberton Chamber, Gibsons Chamber and North Vancouver Chamber to identify collective issues and ways of working together to achieve our goals.

Please let us know if there are any opportunities or issues we should be aware of by emailing admin@squamishchamber.com 



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