BBOT News

BBOT Strikes Partnership with Immigrant Employment Council of BC


The Burnaby Board of Trade is pleased to sign a memorandum of understanding with the Immigrant Employment Council of BC (IEC-BC) to help promote tools and resources available to our members to help with attraction, retention, integration and inclusion of immigrant and refugee talent and labour. Labour shortages continue to be a major issue for […]

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Transit Fare Review — Have Your Say


Yesterday, TransLink announced the start of public and stakeholder engagement for the final phase of the Transit Fare Review, which is looking at reworking how fares are charged to use the transit system. In this final consultation, Translink has proposed to move to a distance-based pricing structure for SkyTrain, SeaBus and future rapid rail projects […]

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BBOT Welcomes New Chair to Board of Directors at 108th Annual General Meeting


At its 108th Annual General Meeting last week, the Burnaby Board of Trade welcomed its new Chair of the Board of Directors, Andrew Scott, who begins a two year term as leader of the board, replacing Frank Bassett of Electronic Arts who now moves to the Past Chair position. Andrew Scott has served two years as […]

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5 Minutes for Business – The State of the Economy


In this edition of 5 Minutes for Business, brought to you by the Burnaby Board of Trade and Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Economist, Trevin Stratton, Ph.D., examines Canada’s economic performance up to the mid-point of 2018 and considers what the latter half of the year might have in store for us, including on topics such […]

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Steel and Aluminum Tariff Countermeasures — Feedback Sought


On May 31, 2018, the United States (U.S.) announced the imposition of tariffs on imports of certain steel and aluminum products from Canada (at the rates of 25% and 10%, respectively). In response to these measures, Canada intends to impose surtaxes or similar trade-restrictive countermeasures against up to C$16.6 billion in imports of steel, aluminum, […]

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Province Launches Small Business Task Force – Consultations Ongoing


In May, the provincial government struck a three-member Small Business Task Force to gather input from small-business owners throughout the province to inform policy recommendations to the provincial government. Throughout the month of June, the Small Business Task Force will gather feedback on small-business priorities and will issue a final report of its findings with recommendations to […]

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Open House for Norland Street Supportive Housing Project


BC Housing is working in collaboration with the City of Burnaby on a proposal to build approximately 52 units of supportive housing at 3986 Norland Avenue. BC Housing would develop the housing and Progressive Housing Society would operate it and provide on-site supports to tenants. There will be three community open houses held this week […]

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BC Minimum Wage Increases June 1st


  The first of the planned increases of the minimum wage to $15 per hour took effect June 1st, 2018. Effective June 1, 2018: General minimum wage increases 11.5% to $12.65 per hour, an increase of $1.30 per hour. Liquor server minimum wage increases 12.9% to $11.40 per hour, an increase of $1.30 per hour. […]

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BBOT’s Position to Stop Employer Health Tax Endorsed by BC Chamber of Commerce


At the 66th annual general meeting of the BC Chamber of Commerce this weekend,  the Burnaby Board of Trade’s (BBOT) policy position on the Employer Health Tax was endorsed by delegates and will be adopted as official policy of the provincial chamber. Representatives from chambers of commerce and boards of trade from across BC attended […]

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Translink Releases Report from Mobility Pricing Independent Commission on Possible Road Pricing System


Today, the Mobility Pricing Independent Commission released its final report on road pricing and the possible implementation of such a system in Metro Vancouver.  The Translink report suggests road pricing as a solution to addressing congestion and recommends further consideration of this issue.  The Commission’s report can be found here.  Yesterday, the Burnaby Board of […]

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