BBOT News

BC Assessments & Property Taxes – BBOT ISSUE ALERT


Many businesses are facing very high property tax bills because BC Assessment is basing their property’s value on the “highest and best use”– not on what the land is currently used for but on its future redevelopment potential. As a result, some businesses (whether property owners themselves or through triple-net leases) have faced soaring property […]

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BBOT Meets with Federal Leaders of Conservatives, NDP On Key Issues


The Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) met with the leaders of the federal New Democratic Party and Conservative Party to discuss the issues important to local businesses and ensure our concerns are part of the national dialogue. BBOT President & CEO Paul Holden, along with representatives of the Board of Directors and Government Relations Committee […]

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Self_Employment Road Map: Exploring Entrepreneurship for Newcomers


The Burnaby Board of Trade is an active member of the Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table (BIPT). The BIPT  has organized the “Self-Employment Road Map – Exploring Entrepreneurship for Newcomers” conference which will take place February 13th at the  Ismaili Council For B C – Burnaby. This all day conference is supported by community organizations, employer partners and […]

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#IBelongBecause BBOT Member Contest!


    #IBelongBecause Contest The Burnaby Board of Trade is kicking off 2019 with a member contest! Share a picture or video of you or your business and tell us why you belong to our incredible business community and you could win some awesome prizes. The contest kicks off Friday January 25th and runs until […]

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5 Minutes for Business: Developing a Low Carbon Economy Needs a Regulatory System that Works


In this month’s 5 Minutes for Business, presented by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and Burnaby Board of Trade, we take a closer look at Canada’s energy sector and how Canada’s regulatory system is limiting the ability to get energy products to market.   Read this quick business brief by clicking here or viewing below:

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Canada Summer Jobs program is now open


The application period for the Canada Summer Jobs program is now open.  This program helps employers to hire youth and create valuable summer job opportunities that strengthen our local economy and our community. Funding is available for not-for-profit organizations and public and private sector employers with 50 or fewer employees. If you are a non-profit […]

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Employer Health Tax Now In Effect; BBOT Renews Call to Cancel/Fix Tax


The provincial government’s new Employer Health Tax, is now in effect, starting January 1, 2019. The Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) remains deeply concerned with this new tax and continues to oppose it. The BBOT has proposed amendments to help make the tax less damaging to small businesses, including increasing and indexing the exemption thresholds, (read the […]

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Small Business Taskforce Releases Report, Includes Many BBOT Recommendations


The Small Business Taskforce has released its report on how government can better support small businesses, and the Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) is pleased to see so many of its own recommendations adopted by the Taskforce. In mid-2018, the provincial government launched the Small Business Taskforce which conducted engagements around BC and developed a […]

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BC Votes to Keep Current Electoral System as Elections BC Releases Result of Referendum


Today, Elections BC released the results of the electoral reform referendum which was conducted in BC between October 22 and December 7 revealing that 61% of voters chose to remain with the current first-past-the-post voting system. In Burnaby, voters chose first-past-the-post by a margin of 60% to 40% in favour of proportional representation. Throughout the […]

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Read Paul Holden’s Latest Business Column on Supporting Women in Business


BBOT President & CEO Paul Holden’s latest business column in the Burnaby Now was published in the December 12th edition.  Read it below (click image to enlarge or check out the digital edition of the newspaper) to get Paul’s take on why supporting women in business is critical to our overall economy.  

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