BBOT News

BBOT President & CEO Paul Holden’s op-ed in the Burnaby NOW on the impact of taxes


Read BBOT President & CEO Paul Holden’s op-ed in the Burnaby NOW on the impact of taxes and costs being layered on the backs of local businesses.  It is the last straw the breaks the camels back, and whether it is property taxes, employer health taxes, or minimum wage increases, businesses are facing unrelenting increases […]

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5 Minutes for Business: Back to the Future: Alcohol and Interprovincial Trade Barriers


  In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, we hop in our time machine and take you back through all the interprovincial trade inefficiencies and hopelessly outdated promises made by Canada’s Premiers that are obstructing the liberation of alcohol trade. With Council of the Federations meeting once again in a few weeks, the Premiers […]

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BBOT Meets with Irish Consul General


  Burnaby Board of Trade President & CEO Paul Holden met with the Consul General of Ireland, Frank Flood on June 11 to discuss the relationship between Burnaby, BC, and Ireland. The Government of Ireland is opening 8 new missions and offices all along the west coast of North America, with the Consulate in Vancouver […]

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Burnaby Board of Trade’s 2019 Sustainable Purchasing Report


Over the past year, the Burnaby Board of Trade’s Environmental Sustainability Committee has undertaken research to understand the impact of sustainable procurement and the barriers and opportunities for businesses in implementing and embedding it within their organizations both large and small. Based on this research, the BBOT is pleased to issue the 2019 “Sustainable Purchasing Report” to our members to help […]

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BBOT Wins Extension for BC PNP Tech Pilot


The Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) is applauding yesterday’s announcement that the BC Provincial Nominee Program’s Tech Pilot is being extended until June 2020. The BC PNP Tech Pilot helps employers to address their talent needs by providing a fast-tracked, permanent immigration pathway for in-demand foreign workers and international students, and was set to expire […]

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BC’s Minimum Wage Increases Today to $13.85


  As of June 1st, 2019, the minimum wage in BC is increasing by $1.20 to $13.85 per hour. This is part of a multi-step schedule of increases which will culminate in 2021 with the minimum wage reaching $15.20 per hour. Businesses and employers should note that, effective June 1: general minimum wage will increase […]

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Burnaby Board of Trade Positions On Property Tax, Plastic Waste, Language Training and Others Adopted By BC Chamber of Commerce


The Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) successfully lobbied for six public policy proposals tackling issues from property tax to plastic waste to language training to be adopted as official BC Chamber of Commerce provincial policy by the delegates at the 67th BC Chamber Annual General Meeting that took place this weekend in Burnaby. Representatives from […]

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BBOT’s Student Led Future Skills Workshop a Great Success


  As the BBOT’s Access Student Career Development Program winds down for this year, student led committees have delivered on their promise to provide content driven workshops that help students transition from school to professional life. Co-chaired by Access program veterans, Zoey Mah and Marisol Balza-Martinez, the committee comprised of this year’s Access participants, held […]

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Employer Health Tax Registration Reminder – Deadline May 15


The Employer Health Tax is an annual tax on an employer’s B.C. payroll paid to employees and former employees in a calendar year beginning on January 1, 2019.   All taxable employers must register for the tax, with most registrations due by May 15, 2019.  (The BBOT strongly opposes the Employer Health Tax.  Read about our […]

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Nominations Now Open! 20th annual Burnaby Business Excellence Awards


The Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) is now accepting nominations for the 20th annual Burnaby Business Excellence Awards which can be made through the BBOT’s online nomination form. These awards are a joint initiative of the City of Burnaby and the BBOT and provides a high-profile platform for showcasing excellence amongst our local businesses, professionals, and non-profit […]

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