BBOT News

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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BBOT Calls on Province, Federal Government to Extend Skilled Immigration and International Talent Programs


The Burnaby Board of Trade is calling on the provincial and federal governments to keep two current programs aimed at helping businesses bring international talent to Canada and extend them beyond their June 2019 expiration dates. Provincially, the BC Provincial Nominee Program Tech Pilot provides dedicated and expedited service for the technology and creative sectors […]

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Info Session on Gas Line Upgrade and Burnaby Construction Plans


In preparation for the continuation of construction of the FortisBC Gas Line Upgrade through Burnaby, an information session is being held to provide local businesses and residents an opportunity to ask questions and learn more about the project, its timeline, and the construction/road closure plans. This project is an important upgrade to the local natural […]

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BBOT’s 2019 BC Budget Review


Don‘t miss the Burnaby Board of Trade’s special “Breakfast and Discussion with Finance Minister Carole James” on March 1st.  Click here for details!   February 19, 2019 — Today, Minister of Finance Carole James released the 2019/20 provincial budget, announcing a balanced budget which featured funding directed towards affordability for families, but little to support […]

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BBOT Supporting Newcomer Entrepreneurship


The Burnaby Board of Trade (BBOT) works every day to support and develop our local economy. Last week, as part of our membership on the Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table, the BBOT helped present the “Exploring Entrepreneurship for Newcomers” conference held in Burnaby.  This conference provided inspiration, resources, and supports for immigrants and newcomers interested in […]

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