BBOT News

Burnaby Board of Trade Supports Gondola for Burnaby Mountain; Calls for Building to Greater Capacity


Following a review by its member-driven Government Relations Committee, the Burnaby Board of Trade is voicing its support for the proposed Burnaby Mountain Gondola project to Simon Fraser University (SFU), and is in fact suggesting the project be expanded and “built with significantly greater capacity to allow the gondola to serve Burnaby well into the […]

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Read BBOT President/CEO Paul Holden’s Latest Column on Labour Shortage and Access to International Workers


“While BC already has the lowest unemployment rate in Canada–4.7% for the month of March–the number of job vacancies is actually expected to rise. The provincial government is forecasting nearly 1 million job openings over the next decade, and explicitly acknowledges that these cannot all be filled with local workers.  That’s precisely why businesses need […]

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Have Thoughts on the Overdose Crisis and Impacts on Business? Join BBOT Discussion on April 12


Addictions and Drug Policy has been identified by Burnaby Board of Trade members and the BBOT’s Social Development Committee as an area of concern. On April 12, the BBOT and the Burnaby Overdose Community Action Team wants to hear from members of the Burnaby business community on the impacts of the overdose crisis, and what […]

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BBOT Applauds Federal Government Move to Save International Worker Program; Calls on Province to Follow Suit with BC PNP Tech Pilot


The Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) has applauded the federal government’s commitment, included in Budget 2019, to make the Global Talent Stream pilot program a permanent feature of the temporary foreign worker program. The BBOT is now reiterating its call for the provincial government of BC to similarly save the BC PNP Tech Pilot from […]

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BBOT Meets with Korean Trade Department to Build on International Business Collaboration


Last week, Burnaby Board of Trade President & CEO Paul Holden met with representatives of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) to discuss opportunities for potential business collaborations, and new businesses considering setting up in Burnaby. This builds on a year of collaboration and promotion of trade and investment between Burnaby and Korea, including a […]

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2019 Federal Budget Review


  March 19, 2019 — Today, Minister of Finance Bill Morneau released the 2019-20 federal budget which outlines the spending, taxation and program priorities of the federal government over the coming years. The Burnaby Board of Trade, as part of our mandate to provide our membership with insight on key business issues, has reviewed the […]

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Read Paul Holden’s Latest Business Column on The Importance of Entrepreneurs


BBOT President & CEO Paul Holden’s latest business column in the Burnaby Now was published in the March 14th edition.  Read it below (click image to enlarge or check out the digital edition of the newspaper) to get Paul’s take on why entrepreneurs and small businesses are so critical to our overall economy.  Check out the Guidebook […]

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5 Minutes for Business: A Budget for Business or Bust


With our GDP at a standstill, businesses need to see a focus on protecting and fostering growth in the upcoming federal budget ahead of this year’s federal election. The federal budget is set to be released on March 19, and only time will tell if it will keep in mind the business community’s needs. With […]

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Consultation on Changing the Employment Standards Act


The Employment Standards Act is legislation that sets minimum standards for workplaces in B.C. around topics such as pay, overtime, leaves, and hours of work.  The provincial government is currently undergoing a review of the Employment Standards Act and is receiving submissions on possible changes it looks to make as early as this Spring. The […]

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Update: Lane Closures for Gas Line Upgrade


  Important gas line upgrades by FortisBC are restarting this month.  As part of this upgrade, construction will begin again in north Burnaby and then continue into Coquitlam, resulting in the following lane closures and traffic restrictions: Location Starting Description Lougheed Hwy, Kensington Avenue to Bainbridge Avenue March 2 One eastbound lane and one westbound […]

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