Short Term Rentals, March 5 2020
The Squamish Chamber has been active in discussions around short term rentals, including participation at workshops, meetings with District of Squamish staff, research, letters to Council and speaking at the September 2020 public hearing.
“As the voice of business in Squamish, the Chamber represents our membership on a number of business and economic development issues. Reflecting the importance of the tourism sector to our membership and the local economy, the Squamish Chamber is concerned that the proposed Option C for short-term rental (STR) regulations will have a negative impact on local jobs. Option C, in its current proposal, will reduce the inventory of STRs in the hope of increasing long term rentals. The data suggests that the negative impact on the economy will be more significant than the potential positive impact on long term rentals. The Squamish Chamber would like to see alternative options explored that would not restrict tourism inventory, along with strategies to attract more commercial accommodation and other incentives to encourage LTR inventory.”