Minister of Agriculture

FrontCounter BC office opens in Chilliwack

A FrontCounter BC office opened in Chilliwack Monday to provide businesses with one-stop access to government approval processes.

A FrontCounter BC office opened in Chilliwack Monday to provide businesses with one-stop access to government approval processes.

“This will benefit a lot of people, not only in Chilliwack but in the surrounding communities as well,” Chilliwack MLA John Les said, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony held at the Forest Ministry building on Airport Road where the new office is located.

Until now, the closest FrontCounter office was located in Surrey.

“Business is booming in B.C., especially in the natural resources sector,” Agriculture Minister Don McRae said at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Job creation depends on decision-making in the community, he said, so the B.C. Jobs Plan aimed to increase access to government agencies.

“FrontCounter BC is one way of meeting that goal,” he said.

FrontCounter staff will:

– Guide clients through required authorizations;

– Help clients complete applications;

– Interpret land information, maps, management plans;

– Follow-up and track the status of applications;

– Liaise with ministries, agencies and governments;

– Start referral process with First Nations;

– Help identify and market economic development opportunities.

McRae said FrontCounter offices opened with eight locations in 2005 to make learning what permits and approvals are needed to startup a big or small business “less like a wild goose chase, and more like a trip to the grocery store.”

Over 47,000 authorizations have been made since 2005 and more than 175,000 inquiries made, he said.

The Chilliwack office is one of three new FrontCounter offices, bringing the total to 11 around the province, plus a toll-free call-in centre and online service.

The toll-free number is 1-877-855-3222. The Chilliwack office website address is frontcounterbc.gov.bc.ca/contact/chilliwack.html

Just Posted

WATCH: Today, we remember: community members visit Agassiz cenotaph on Remembrance Day

Royal Canadian Legion members, veterans, first responders, residents gather to pay their respects

Hope’s new brewery christened Mountainview Brewing Co.

Co-owners say the brewery, located at the old Hope Machine Shop, will open fall 2019

BC Ferries passengers wait to leave Vancouver Island after Remembrance Day

Traffic aboard BC Ferries slows after Remembrance Day long weekend

Community efforts raise money for service dog to help Agassiz boy stay calm, happy

Riley, a two-year-old Lhasa Apso-Chihuahua cross has made a huge difference in Chase Frayn’s life

VIDEO: Amazon to split second HQ between New York, Virginia

Official decision expected later Tuesday to end competition between North American cities to win bid and its promise of 50,000 jobs

Canada stands pat on Saudi arms sales, even after hearing Khashoggi tape

Khashoggi’s death at Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul further strained Riyadh’s already difficult relationship with Ottawa

Feds pledge money for young scientists, but funding for in-house research slips

Canada’s spending on science is up almost 10 per cent since the Liberals took office, but spending on in-house research is actually down

Stench at Abbotsford school incurs 15 WorkSafe reports

The smell is coming from an unauthorized composting operation and is causing headaches, nausea

Disabled boy has ‘forgiven’ bullies who walked on him in stream, mom says

A Cape Breton teen who has cerebral palsy was told to lie in a stream as other kids walked over him

Letters shed light on state of mind of B.C. mom accused of daughter’s murder

Trial of South Surrey mother Lisa Batstone begins in BC Supreme Court

Vancouver man must pay $22,000 after breaking strata rules

Peter Gordon took his fight over his rented condo to the civil resolution tribunal, but lost

B.C. cheese linked to 5 E. coli cases

People are asked to throw out or return ‘Qualicum Spice’ cheese

Hockey legends come to B.C.

Greats including Bossy, Dionne, Hawerchuk, Howe, Lafleur and Parent at Langley Events Centre

Most Read