BBOT News

New Sick Day Guidance Means Up to 10 Days Could Be Required


All employers must now provide employees with 5 days of paid sick leave each employment year, starting on January 1, 2022. However, the Employment Standards Act branch has now confirmed that the leave is based on an employee’s anniversary or employment year, not based on the calendar year.  This means that there will be circumstances where […]

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Year Extension Announced to CEBA Forgivable Loan Program


January 12, 2022 — Today, the federal government announced that the repayment deadline for CEBA loans to qualify for partial loan forgiveness is being extended from December 31, 2022, to December 31, 2023. With this extension, if a business repays the non-forgivable portion on or before the new deadline of December 31, 2023, will result in loan […]

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BBOT Joins Fellow Chambers in Calling for More Rapid Testing for Business


In a letter to Health Minister Adrian Dix and Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, the Burnaby Board of Trade joined 12 other chambers of commerce from across BC to call for businesses to have more access to rapid tests, and to leverage the chamber network to help distribute the millions of tests that are […]

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Businesses Required to Return to COVID Safety Plans


While employers were able to transition to Communicable Disease Plans starting July 1, 2021, which saw many of the traditional COVID safety precautions relaxed,  businesses are again directed to reintroduce COVID Safety Plans in their workplaces, as announced by the Provincial Health Officer on January 7, 2022. A COVID-19 Safety Plan outlines the policies, guidelines, […]

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Operating During Omicron: Resources for Business


  COVID-19 infections are soaring due to the more transmissible Omicron variant.  Recently, Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry warned that as much as 1/3 of the workplace may be impacted in early 2022 by the virus and be unable to work. To help local businesses continue to operate during the Omicron surge, the Burnaby […]

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Rapid COVID-19 Testing for Workplaces


In BC, there are limited options for employers to access rapid tests for use in workplace COVID-19 screening procedures.  The Burnaby Board of Trade has been actively engaging and advocating for tools and resources to help businesses access more testing options.  Below is a summary of some of the avenues available for employers who wish […]

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“Local Business Support Grant” Featured Recipient – Neil Squire Society


In response to the challenges of COVID-19, the Burnaby Board of Trade launched a grant program to support our members that was unprecedented amongst chambers of commerce and boards of trade.  Funded and administered directly by the BBOT, the Local Business Support Grant sought to help our local members invest in new equipment, education or […]

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“Local Business Support Grant” Featured Recipient – YVR Prep


In response to the challenges of COVID-19, the Burnaby Board of Trade launched a grant program to support our members that was unprecedented amongst chambers of commerce and boards of trade.  Funded and administered directly by the BBOT, the Local Business Support Grant sought to help our local members invest in new equipment, education or […]

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Primer on COVID-19 Testing and Isolation


In light of the rapidly-spreading Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus, new guidance from public health officials has changed when people should get tests, and how long employees should avoid the workplace when sick.  This has caused some confusion for employers when it comes to handling employees who are sick. This primer will explain some […]

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Access Subsidized Workforce Support This Summer – Canada Summer Jobs program Open for Applications


Applications Open Until January 25, 2022 Get Subsidized Workers to Help Your Business! Canada Summer Jobs (CSJ) is a long-standing Government of Canada program that strives to help youth (15–30 years of age) obtain summer work experience. This year, CSJ 2022 is targeting the creation of up to 100,000 full-time summer job opportunities for young people.  These […]

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