Hume Hotel & Spa, Nelson BC
Dear Accommodation Community,

Today's industry update includes:
  • Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Upcoming webinar: TIABC | BCHA
  • Friday, December 18, 2020 1PM PST
  • Ministry of Labour
  • Temporary Foreign Workers
  • Tourism Task Force Update
  • Business Reinvention Awards
  • IATA Travel Pass
  • New Member Feature
  • Modern Form Furniture
For any questions please reach out to our team.
Canadian Mental Health Association
Recognizing the importance of wellness on both a physical and an emotional level, BCHA holds a deep commitment to fostering an environment and industry culture that supports its employees.

The Canadian Mental Health Association has provided the below programs for Canadians in support of their mental health and wellness
BounceBack is a program designed to help individuals manage low mood, stress, worry, mild to moderate depression, and/or anxiety. It is available to work at your own pace online, or over the phone with a trained coach. To learn more visit: Note: Online workbooks are only available in English, but the tele-coaching option is offered in French, Mandarin, Cantonese and Punjabi.
Workplace Strategies for Mental Health
Free information and resources to learn about building a psychologically safe and healthy workplace culture for employers, managers, and employees. We recommend the Plan for Resilience document.  

Crisis Line: You don't need to be in a stereotypical crisis to call! This number is available for anyone who needs a non-judgemental person to talk to. 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433). Available 24/7 and operated in up to 140 languages.
Upcoming BCHA Webinar with TIABC & BCRTS
BCHA will be hosting a joint webinar next week with the Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) and The BC Regional Tourism Secretariat (BCRT). In this webinar we will discuss the recent work done by the Tourism Task Force and the Tourism Coalition, provide an update for the tourism and hospitality industry, as well as an outlook for 2021.

Tourism Task Force Report Update
Tourism Task Force | Update on progress and final report

Since our appointment in September, the Tourism Task Force has been working diligently to deliver our final report to the B.C. government. And I am pleased to say that yesterday we delivered our final report to the Honourable Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport—well ahead of our December 31 commitment. The immediacy with which we delivered our recommendations reflects the urgency and anxiety felt by workers and businesses across B.C. about the impact of COVID-19.

I hope you will take time to review the final recommendations, which reflect the need to urgently address immediate needs for support with a longer plan of action to ensure our diverse tourism sector is poised for recovery and growth in the future.
Over the past several weeks, task force members travelled (virtually) across the province to meet with small and large operators, Indigenous peoples, community leaders, labour representatives, sector association leaders, and tourism industry experts. On behalf of the Tourism Task Force, I thank everyone who took the time to provide us with honest and thoughtful feedback during these challenging times.

The B.C. government is now taking the time to consider our findings and review our recommendations. I expect we will have further conversations with the Honourable Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport in the weeks ahead. I look forward to sharing more information about how we will be working together to support the industry now and in the future. 


Tamara Vrooman, O.B.C. (she/her/hers)
President and CEO, Vancouver International Airport
Chair, Tourism Task Force
Ministry of Labour Reminder - Employer Registry Temporary Foreign Worker Protection Act
Over the past six months many of you provided thoughtful input and helpful feedback as we developed the new online registration process for employers – thank you for your assistance! As you know, on September 18, 2020, the Employer Registry was launched to better protect foreign workers in BC. Employers were provided with a 90-day coming into force date to ensure plenty of time for employers to participate in an overview of the new registry and to complete registration. To date more than 900 employers have successfully completed the new registration process and the online searchable Employer Registry may be reached here:

This note is to remind you that effective December 15, 2020, some employers will be required to hold a Certificate of Registration before they can recruit a foreign national for employment. The registration requirement applies to employers if they:
  • Require a Labour Market Impact Assessment from the federal government; or,
  • Hire through the federal Home Child-Care Provider or Home Support Worker Pilot Programs.

There is no fee to obtain a Certificate of Registration; this registry is an important step to ensure foreign workers are protected while working in BC, and fully implements the Temporary Foreign Worker Protection Act. 

Greater Vancouver Board of Trade - Business Reinvention Awards
The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Scale-up Centre for SMEs (SCS) is pleased to announce the 2021 Business Reinvention Awards.

The purpose of these new awards is to recognize businesses who have reinvented, adapted, and shown resiliency in the face of all challenges and barriers in 2020.

It’s undeniable that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought about some very difficult times to us all, but it has also shown us how businesses are able to get creative and reinvent themselves in order to adapt to the situation and not only survive, but also thrive in the face of adversity. This is what the Business Reinvention Awards 2021 is all about! We want to recognize businesses who have reinvented, adapted, and shown resiliency in the face of all challenges and barriers in 2020.
So, if you know – or are - an outstanding SME that has reinvented itself during the current crisis, you can submit a nomination using this form!
Award Categories:
  • Reinvention Award
Recognizes a business that quickly and strategically reinvented their business model and implemented new procedures to serve their customers as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Excellence in Collaboration Award
Recognizes two or more businesses that have successfully partnered together to remain afloat and overcome the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Healthy Workplace Award
Recognizes a business that has successfully engaged their employees through the pandemic. They have influenced employee motivation and happiness and created an overall positive workplace culture.
  • Environmental Leader Award
Recognizes a business that has established and implemented sustainable policies to reduce the environmental impacts of their products or service-offerings.
  • Domestic Growth Award
Recognizes a business that achieved significant growth in sales, staff, and impact within Canada.
The virtual event will be held on February 26, 2021, but nominations are due on Friday, January 15, so make sure to submit yours by then.
Good Luck! And hope to see you in the celebratory event!
IATA Travel Pass
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today announced that it’s in the final development stages for a mobile app called ‘IATA Travel Pass’, which will enable flyers to easily display their COVID credentials at airports.
IATA Announces Creation of Digital COVID-19 Travel Pass

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) today announced that it's in the final development stages for a mobile app called 'IATA Travel Pass', which will enable flyers to easily display their COVID credentials at airports.

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New Member Feature - Modern Form Furniture
Modern Form Furniture is a furniture wholesaler + contractor, and headquartered in Vancouver, BC, the Modern Form team is composed of industry experts with over 30 years of combined experience.

Our mission? Deliver top quality furniture at an affordable price, without sacrificing design or function. Our website: