BBOT News

Federal Government Easing Travel Restrictions and Testing Requirement


  Starting on February 28, Canadians returning or people travelling to Canada will no longer require a negative PCR test and will be permitted to submit a negative rapid test instead.   The rapid test should be taken the day prior to their scheduled flight or arrival at the land border or marine port of entry, […]

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Release: Persistent Labour Shortage Needs Action Says Burnaby Board of Trade Following Release of New Labour Market Outlook


Burnaby, BC –  One of the province’s largest chambers of commerce, the Burnaby Board of Trade, is calling for more action by the province to solve a persistent labour shortage following a forecast of 83,000 unfillable jobs over next decade in the new Labour Market Outlook released today. The new Labour Market Outlook is forecasting […]

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Over 1,000,000 Job Openings in Next Decade Forecast in new Labour Market Outlook; Shortage of over 80,000 Workers


  February 7, 2022  –  Today, the provincial government released the new Labour Market Outlook, which provides a forecast our provincial employment future. It presents insights into the expected supply and demand for labour, and outlines which industries and jobs will see the most growth and demand for workers.   The new Labour Market Outlook presents […]

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BBOT Meets with Government on Changes to Skilled Immigration


The Burnaby Board of Trade recently met with senior members of the provincial government’s immigration program to discuss recommendations to the skilled immigration process to help businesses retain key workers. In 2021, the BBOT advanced a policy recommendation calling for greater flexibility in the BC Provincial Nominee Program to help businesses keep and retain workers […]

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New CleanBC Funding for Businesses/Non-Profits Working with Governments on Fossil Fuel Reductions


The CleanBC Communities Fund has announced a new round of funding open to businesses and non-profits working with local or Indigenous governments on projects to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.   Get the full information here The fund supports cost-shared infrastructure projects that focus on management of renewable energy, improved access to clean-energy transportation, improved energy efficiency of buildings and […]

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Business Continuity and HR Planning – Watch the Recording


  The staffing challenges from the Omicron variant have been widely reported, with up to 1/3 of the workforce potentially becoming sick and unable to work.  But even after Omicron subsides, business continuity risks – of all types – will continue. Human resource planning is an excellent way to mitigate the risk to your business […]

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


*Listen to our interview on CKNW on this issue* 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 […]

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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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