BBOT News

Employer Reminder: 5 Days Paid Sick Leave Requirement Starts January 1


All employers must now provide employees with 5 days of paid sick leave each employment year, starting on January 1, 2022.   Read below for summary of the new rules for your business or consult one of our BBOT-member HR professionals for help: This announcement comes after two months of consultations, during which the Burnaby Board of […]

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BBOT Holds Annual Christmas Luncheon, Members Donate $1500, Toys for Burnaby Christmas Bureau


On December 3rd, the Burnaby Board of Trade wrapped up its event calendar with the return of the annual BBOT Christmas Luncheon, where we welcomed 175 attendees, including Santa Claus himself, to bring in the holiday season. A highlight of the event is the BBOT Gingerbread House Competition, where tables compete to construct the best […]

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“Hardest Hit Business Recovery Program” for Businesses


  Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program The Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program replaces the federal wage and commercial rent subsidy programs which have run through most of the pandemic The Hardest Hit program will provide commercial rent and wage subsidies for businesses not eligible for the new Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program, and will be for businesses which have […]

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BBOT Applauds Work on Re-Opening Supply Chains as Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) Re-Opens to Commercial Vehicles


The Coquihalla Highway (Highway 5) has reopened between Hope and Merritt to essential commercial vehicles only after extensive repairs to damage caused by the November 14 landslides.   As of Monday, December 20, Highway 5 is available to commercial vehicles with a minimum licensed gross vehicle weight (GVW) of 11,794 kilograms. The Burnaby Board of Trade […]

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New Restrictions and Capacity Limits Announced by BC Government


. The provincial government announced new restrictions on social gatherings, large events, and restaurants in response to a concerning increase in the number of cases of COVID-19.. . Read below for a summary of these changes or visit the BC government’s news release for full details. . . New Restrictions on Events and Social Gatherings […]

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Canada Recovery Hiring Program – Subsidy on Increases to Payroll Between June 6 to May 7, 2022


  Canada Recovery Hiring Program The Canada Recovery Hiring Program is available to support businesses between June 6, 2021 through May 7, 2022 with subsidies of up to 50% of payroll increases in a period, over a base amount. That means as businesses hire new employees or increase hours/wages of their workers, this increase in […]

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BBOT Receives Significant Grant Funding to Support Shop Local Initiatives


The Burnaby Board of Trade is pleased to announce it has received significant grant funding to develop and launch a new initiative designed to promote and encourage shopping local from Burnaby businesses and suppliers. The funding, provided by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada and the BC Chamber of Commerce, will support the development of new campaign […]

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Emergency Fuel Limits Ending December 14 as Trans Mountain Pipeline Restarts


The Province is allowing the order limiting non-essential fuel use to expire at midnight December 14.  This temporary measure had been in place due to the precautionary shutdown of the Trans Mountain pipeline in advance of flooding and landslides in mid-November, and the order limited non-essential vehicles to 30 litres of fuel (gas and diesel) […]

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10th Vibrant Gujarat Global Trade and Investment Summit 2022


The 10th edition of Vibrant Gujrat Global Summit will be held in Gandhinagar, Gujarat from 10 – 12 January, 2022. A trade show will also run concurrently from 9-12 January, 2022 in Gandhinagar. Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit is a biennial event that was started in 2003 by the then Chief Minister of Gujarat Mr. Narendra Modi […]

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Update on BC Flooding and Severe Weather Impacts


Updated – November 30, 2021 Throughout November, flooding and slides triggered by heavy rainfall damaged several key highways and railways connecting the Lower Mainland to the rest of the province, flooded several communities, and resulted in a provincial state of emergency being declared. Beyond devastating several communities, the damage also severed vital supply chain routes […]

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