BBOT News

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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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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Local Lockdown Program – Support for Businesses Facing Capacity Limits/Closures


  The Local Lockdown Program provides wage and rent subsidies to businesses affected by 50% or more capacity reductions or closures due to public health orders. This program is run out of the Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program (THRP) but is open to any business, not just tourism or hospitality companies. If you are eligible, you […]

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“Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program” for Businesses


  Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program The Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program replaces the federal wage and commercial rent subsidy programs which have run through most of the pandemic and provides targeted support to the tourism sector.  The Tourism and Hospitality Recovery will provide rent and wage subsidies to organizations in selected sectors of the tourism and hospitality industry […]

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December 22 – Further COVID Restrictions Come Into Force


December 21 – Today, the provincial government announced further restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic which further limit several businesses and events. These are in addition to the restrictions on events and gatherings announced on December 17. The provincial government as assured the Burnaby Board of Trade that financial supports will be forthcoming for those […]

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Burnaby Board of Trade Holiday Hours


  In recognition of the holidays, the Burnaby Board of Trade will be closed from noon on December 24 until 9:00am on January 4. During this time, staff will be unavailable and our offices closed for Certificates of Origin or Corporate Registry Services. The BBOT wishes all of our members a safe, happy and warm […]

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