It’s a sign companies like AirBnB and Uber may be getting more acceptance in the business community.
Two new policies have been adopted by B.C.’s Chambers of Commerce.
Part of that acceptance appears to involve getting those businesses paying their share of tax — that one focused on ones like AirBnB to see property owners paying the PST and destination taxes that hotels pay.
The other policy wants to see more competition and less red tape in the taxi industry, as well as safety and consumer protection rules for companies just like Uber.
The Chambers’ director of policy development, Dan Baxter, stopped short of saying the B.C. government has been too slow to embrace the share economy model…
“I think they’re obviously doing their due diligence, and so we don’t want to automatically focus too much on what’s been happening in the past.”
Baxter says now that the Chamber members have spoken on the issue, the government will include them in more discussions.