It may soon be easier and cheaper for trades and construction companies to work throughout the region.
Currently, business owners can buy an Inter-Municipal Business Licence (IMBL), which allows them to work in one of four areas: the Fraser Valley, Northwest Vancouver, Metro West Vancouver and the Tri-Cities.
A new system would allow companies to get a single licence to work in the entire Lower Mainland, reducing the costs and paperwork.
The Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce has requested that Abbotsford city council pass a bylaw, which would create this new “non-resident permit,” if other municipalities were to follow.
A strong majority, 80 per cent of current IMBL members, responded in favour of a new region-wide program, according to the chamber.