BBOT News

Hospitality Sector gets New Boost through Temporary Patio Extension


Restaurants, bars and liquor manufacturers have more time to apply to make temporary service areas permanent as they recover from the pandemic. In June 2021, the Province announced it would extend existing temporary expanded service area (TESA) authorizations until June 1, 2022, to provide time for local authorities to update their patio policies and for licensees […]

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2022 Federal Budget Analysis and Recap


  April 7, 2022 – Today, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland released the 2022 federal budget outlining the Government of Canada’s spending plans for the coming fiscal years, and revealing the current state of the government’s finances. Below, the Burnaby Board of Trade has provided some brief highlights of the 304-page budget document, including some of […]

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Dr. Henry Confirms Repeal of Vaccine Card and COVID Safety Plans – April 8


Announced today, the provincial health officer has confirmed the repeal of Vaccine Card and COVID Safety Plans, adding the removal of post-secondary residencies requiring proof of vaccination. Effective Friday, April 8: Proof of vaccination will no longer be required under public health order to access businesses, events and services Individual businesses and event organizers can choose to continue […]

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BC Government releases Action Plan to fulfill UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


The provincial government  has released the Declaration Act Action Plan, developed in consultation and co-operation with Indigenous Peoples, outlining 89 specific actions every ministry in government will take to create a better province for Indigenous Peoples in B.C. “This plan is a first for any government in the world. It will drive transformative change in the […]

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Helping Ukrainian Migrants Coming to Canada – Guidance for Employers


Are you an employer who wants to support Ukrainian nationals in Canada with a job? Ukrainians escaping the ongoing conflict in their country are coming to Canada, and many will need employment. Migrants can stay for up to three years and are allowed to work for the duration. The federal government has prepared a Jobs […]

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Changes to Sick Leave to Remove Anniversary Tracking


March 28, 2022 — The provincial government has announced that it will be changing how the new 5 days of paid sick leave requirement is calculated to make it easier on employers.    Once the legislation is passed, employers will be required to provide 5 days of paid sick leave in each calendar year.  That means for […]

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Provincial Government Announces Rebates from ICBC to Mitigate Rising Fuel Prices


March 25 – Today, the provincial government announced that ICBC, the public auto insurer, will be issuing rebates to drivers to help mitigate the recent rise in fuel prices caused in large part by the ongoing invasion of Ukraine by Russian forces. Most ICBC customers with a basic auto insurance policy during the month of […]

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Ending Soon – PST Rebate on Machinery and Equipment


Purchases must be made by March 31, 2022 to be eligible for this rebate. The new PST Rebate on Machinery and Equipment is a temporary measure that acts like a PST refund and allows corporations to apply to receive an amount equal to the PST they paid between September 17, 2020 and March 31, 2022 on […]

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Minimum Wage Increasing June 1st, 2022 to $15.65


  On June 1, 2022, the minimum wage in BC will increase to $15.65 for workers across the province.  Employers should be prepared to adjust their payroll accordingly to ensure they are recognizing the higher minimum wage for work done starting June 1. This 2.8% increase is due to the minimum wage being tied to inflation […]

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Repealing Mask Mandate (March 11) and Vaccine Card and COVID Safety Plans (April 8)


March 10, 2022 – Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced planned changes to the mask requirement, the BC Vaccine Card, and workplace COVID Safety Plans, with all being repealed over the coming month. The Burnaby Board of Trade welcomes the news that the state of the pandemic allows us to stop requiring masks and […]

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