Message from President & CEO Ingrid Jarrett
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on international recruitment and domestic upskilling efforts.
Today's update includes:

  • General Updates
  • BCHA Announces Partnerships with Trusted Immigration Consultants
  • Mandatory Random Testing to Resume for Air Travellers
  • Final Reminder! Okanagan Upskilling Opportunity | Registration Available
  • New: Projections of Tourism Employment Demand
  • The MICHELIN Guide is Coming to Vancouver
  • Extension Announced for Tourism Growth Strategy Feedback
  • Register | go2HR’s FREE Health and Safety Training Course
  • News - See more below!
  • BC | Canada News
  • World News
  • Industry Trends
  • Tipping Our Hat to Industry!
  • British Columbia Dominates Travel + Leisure Top Hotels/Resorts in Canada Lists
  • Mark Your Calendars
  • Comment Card | Thoughts and Comments from Our Industry
  • Last Laugh | A Little Something to Make Our Members Smile
BCHA Announces Partnerships with Trusted Immigration Consultants
Are you actively recruiting for your property with no luck? Are you interested in exploring employment of foreign workers?

Hiring outside of Canada can be an excellent solution to your recruitment needs but it can be a complicated and challenging to navigate. On top of the arduous and time-consuming paperwork, there are some immigration companies that do not follow proper procedures and protocol, making it hard to know who to trust.

To provide BCHA members with trusted resources for their immigration needs, we are delighted to share that we have extensively vetted and solidified partnerships with the following immigration companies. All three offer services to support your needs, while staying in compliance with necessary protocols. Contact them today:

Mandatory Random Testing to
Resume for Air Travellers
Mandatory random testing will resume as of July 19, 2022, for travellers who qualify as fully vaccinated, arriving in Canada by air to the four major Canadian airports, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Toronto. 

All testing for air travellers, for both those who qualify as fully vaccinated and partially or unvaccinated people, will be completed outside of airports, either via an in-person appointment at select testing provider locations and pharmacies, or a virtual appointment for a self-swab test.

Mandatory random testing continues at land border points of entry, with no changes. 

Removing barriers to travel continues to be a key advocacy priority for the BC Hotel Association and our provincial / national counterparts. We will continue to keep you updated on this work.
Final Reminder! Okanagan
Upskilling Opportunity
The BCHA is deeply committed to providing solutions to industry's workforce crisis. Since January 2022, we have been actively working with Western Community College and the Progressive Intercultural Community Services on the Hotel Operations Skills Services Training program.

This is a fully funded upskilling program, designed to meet our industry’s workforce needs by providing unemployed or underemployed individuals with hospitality-specific skills and work experience.

Participants complete a 16-week occupational skills training program, which includes all aspects of hotel operations from housekeeping to front desk. The training is followed by an 80-hour practicum, providing them real-life application of their skills and experience, and offers the participating hotel an opportunity to easily hire candidates to their team.

Registration is currently open for unemployed or underemployed individuals looking to expand their career in the Okanagan region. For more information please contact Claudia Tran at 604.596.7722 ext. 177;
For hotels who may be interested in candidate recruitment during the final phase of the 23 week program, please contact Alison Langford at .
New: Projections of Tourism
Employment Demand
Just released by Tourism HR Canada, a new report projects tourism labour supply and demand through to 2025. The report focuses on job demand from the business perspective, but also discusses labour challenges along the road to recovery.
is Coming to Vancouver
MICHELIN® Guide is coming to Vancouver!

Destination Vancouver celebrated the announcement today at the Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts (PICA) with students from both PICA and Vancouver Community College’s School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. These teams collaborated on designing, preparing and presenting a unique menu for a reception to celebrate the launch. 
The best part of the news? Aspiring young chefs who want train under the guidance of a MICHELIN-starred team now have the opportunity to do that in Vancouver.
Extension Announced for
Tourism Growth Strategy Feedback
The Government of Canada wants to hear from Canadian tourism stakeholders as it charts the path forward for the sector. Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada is conducting a public consultation on the development of a post-pandemic Federal Tourism Growth Strategy--including a focus on labour gaps and instability. The consultation period now ends August 3.
The BCHA will be submitting our own recommendations and feedback - should you wish to include any comments or feedback, please reach out to
Register | go2HR’s FREE Health and Safety Training Course
Take go2HR’s popular online Occupational Health and Safety Program Fundamentals training course -- choose to take part in the entire curriculum or individual elements as needed.
Each of the nine elements range from 30-90 minutes and cover essential health and safety topics, including:
  • Hazard Identification and Control,
  • Investigation of Incidents/Accidents,
  • Training and Instruction of Employees,
  • Joint Health and Safety Committees, and many more!

Occupational Health and Safety Program Fundamentals is FREE for those working in BC’s Tourism & Hospitality industry and anyone enrolled in the COR program!
Industry News & Quick Links
Tipping Our Hat to Industry
British Columbia Dominates Travel + Leisure Top Hotels/Resorts in Canada Lists!

Travel + Leisure has released its annual Reader's Choice Awards list, and many of our very own BC-based hotels have been received this highly prestigious recognition! Congratulations to the following hotels that were honoured and thank you for raising the bar for accommodations across the world!

  • 2. Rosewood Hotel Georgia, Vancouver
  • 3. Fairmont Empress, Victoria, British Columbia
  • 4. Magnolia Hotel & Spa, Victoria, British Columbia
  • 6. Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
  • 9. Fairmont Waterfront, Vancouver
  • 2. Fairmont Chateau Whistler, British Columbia
  • 7. Four Seasons Resort and Residences Whistler, British Columbia
  • 9. The Westin Resort & Spa, Whistler, British Columbia
  • 10. The Wickaninnish Inn, Tofino, British Columbia
Mark Your Calendars
Jul 19, 2022 – Jul 21, 2022 | 1:00 PM
Host: Destinations International 
Jul 31, 2022 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Host: Small Business BC
July 31 – August 2, 2022 I Nashville, TN 
Yes SHEF! Elevating Women in Food & Wine returns this summer in Vancouver!
August 15, 2022
More details to come! Email for sponsor / partnership opportunities
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