BBOT News

Minimum Wage Increasing June 1st, 2022 to $15.65


  On June 1, 2022, the minimum wage in BC will increase to $15.65 for workers across the province.  Employers should be prepared to adjust their payroll accordingly to ensure they are recognizing the higher minimum wage for work done starting June 1. This 2.8% increase is due to the minimum wage being tied to inflation […]

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Repealing Mask Mandate (March 11) and Vaccine Card and COVID Safety Plans (April 8)


March 10, 2022 – Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry announced planned changes to the mask requirement, the BC Vaccine Card, and workplace COVID Safety Plans, with all being repealed over the coming month. The Burnaby Board of Trade welcomes the news that the state of the pandemic allows us to stop requiring masks and […]

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‘Boost Your Business Technology’ Funding for Businesses


Small and medium businesses that want to further improve their productivity and become more competitive in the digital marketplace can turn to Boost Your Business Technology funding. This program provides funding to develop a digital adoption plan, and connects businesses with financing and wage subsidies to help them implement the plan. Read below for a summary of […]

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Grow Your Business Online Grant


  The Grow Your Business Online Grant is a new program from the federal government designed to help businesses increase their e-commerce capabilities by developing their ability to sell goods and services online, and to market online to new customers. Eligible businesses can apply to receive a micro-grant of up to $2,400 to help with the costs […]

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Communicable Disease Plans – Guidance for Employers


  Starting April 8, businesses and employers should begin transitioning from their existing COVID-19 Safety Plans back to Communicable Disease Plans which will replace the more stringent measures required during the peaks of the COVID-19 pandemic, and which were re-introduced in January.  These are not required to be new plans as businesses can return to the measures […]

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Burnaby Crime Reduction Update – February 2022


Crime happens in all communities, but the Burnaby Board of Trade works with community partners to ensure the impact on local businesses is limited as much as possible.  Every month, the Burnaby Board of Trade will be issuing a Burnaby Crime Reduction Update, featuring the latest crime stats, information on preventing crime, and other resources […]

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BC Budget 2022 & Burnaby Board of Trade Analysis


February 22, 2022 – Today, BC’s Minister of Finance Selina Robinson released the 2022/2023 provincial budget, outlining the provincial government’s spending priorities over the coming years and providing a reporting of the state of the government’s finances. Below, read the Burnaby Board of Trade’s highlights of some of key announcements in the budget, plus access […]

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Public Health Officer Supports Return to Offices with Amendment to Health Order


The provincial health officer (PHO) has updated the Provincial Health Officer Order on Workplace Safety, to support the transition of employees back into the workplace. The previous version of the order contained a section that has been removed. That section required employers to allow workers to work from their private residence, if possible, given the […]

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BC Government Releases New Economic Plan; Burnaby Board of Trade Applauds Focus on Training, Clean Innovation and ESG


Today, the provincial government released its new economic plan entitled “StrongerBC” which outlines a strategic vision and priorities for economic development in Burnaby and across BC. The plan, which can be viewed below or by clicking here, focuses on two primary areas — inclusive growth and clean growth – and includes a number of initiatives, […]

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COVID Restrictions Easing for Events, Restaurants, Fitness


As of February 16 at 11:59pm, a number of restrictions will be lifted that had been impacting both business and personal activities.   The Burnaby Board of Trade has been engaging with the provincial government as part of our role on the COVID Industry Table on the impacts of restrictions on our business community and applauds […]

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