The Board of Directors of the Salt Spring Chamber have recently written a letter to the Premier, BC Government Ministers and local government officials requesting a meeting to review the impact that rate hikes and service levels are having on ferry dependent Coastal Communities including Salt Spring Island. This is following a Position Statement that was crafted in 2011.
We are working with other Chambers of Commerce to draw attention to the negative economic impact these cuts are having. A quote from the letter reads: “In an effort to save the British Columbia Government $18.9 millionthrough service cuts and reduction of scheduled crossings you are taking steps that in our view will cost much more than $18.9 million in economic benefits to the stakeholder communities along the Coastal Mainland and Vancouver Island.”
This letter was delivered prior to the December 20th deadline for submissions to BC Ferries. We will be following-up with the coalition of Coastal Chambers of Commerce to discuss next steps and to schedule a meeting with government. The Chamber voted at the December Board Meeting to form a BC Ferries Task Force and the Director who is heading this effort is John Cade with assistance from Matt Steffich – let us know if you would like to be involved.
Read the December 18th Letter Here: 2013 12 18 Letter Regarding BC Ferries
Read the 2011 Position Statement Here: 2011 09 14 Position Statement on Ferry Fares