BBOT News

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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Access Student Career Program’s Case Competition “Vancity: Engaging Millennials” a Great Success


The Burnaby Board of Trade’s Access Student Career Development Program  hosted it’s annual student-led Case Competition on April 30th at Burnaby Neighbourhood House. The committee, led by Michael Louie and Dave Masi, organized the largest case to-date with 5 teams competing. Thanks to all the participating student teams, the organizing committee and to Vancity for […]

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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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