Proposals for infrastructure investments across the Capital Region are missing the mark according to the Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce.

“Construction funded through economic stimulus investments should have benefits that reach beyond the construction industry with positive spin-off to our local economy long after the projects are completed,” says Bruce Carter, CEO of the Chamber.

Municipalities across the region are forwarding a number of project proposals ranging from bridges, to storm water system repairs, shoreline restorations. The chamber’s position is that those projects that provide long-term benefits and household sustaining jobs should be given priority over maintaining existing infrastructure.

“Projects such as the Victoria Runway expansion and installation of pylons at Ogden point will significantly enhance our Tourism and Conventions business,” says Carter. “The expansion of the Vancouver Island Tech Park will provide much needed capacity for the region’s high technology firms and the development of the Marine Ocean Tech Park will allow us to create more jobs in the marine industry.

“The maintenance and development of our infrastructure of water, sewers, bridges and roads is very important and deserve support, continues the Chamber’s CEO. “However, special attention should be given to those projects that will create long term household sustaining jobs such as those mentioned above.

The Greater Victoria Chamber of Commerce has approximately 1550 members and is the voice of business for the Greater Victoria region. The Greater Victoria Chamber has received Accreditation with Distinction from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.