Today's update includes:

  • General Updates
  • Destination BC Provides $4.2 M for Collaborative Tourism Marketing Initiatives
  • Health Canada | COVID Border Measures to Remain in Place at Least Another Month
  • Minimum Wage Increasing June 1
  • BC Tourism and Hospitality Labour Market Information (LMI) Research Project
  • Last Chance to Register | BCHA Information Session on Bill 10
  • go2HR New Health & Safety Training Courses
  • Share Your Input for the Federal Tourism Growth Strategy
  • WorkSafeBC Streamline Investigation Report Submission Process
  • Happy Tourism Week | May 29 – June 4, 2022
  • News - See more below!
  • BC | Canada News
  • World News
  • Industry Trends
  • Tipping Our Hat to Industry!
  • Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Nominated for Premier's Award!
  • Mark Your Calendars
  • Comment Card | Thoughts and Comments from Our Industry
  • Last Laugh | A Little Something to Make Our Members Smile
Destination BC Provides $4.2 M for Collaborative Tourism Marketing Initiatives
Destination BC is providing $4.2 million to support 84 tourism projects across British Columbia this year through its Co-operative Marketing Partnerships Program, to continue to foster a collaborative “Team BC” approach to tourism marketing and further support the sector as it recovers.
The program helps partners drive consumer demand and increase tourism revenues by investing resources where and when capacity exists, leveraging private and public funds to maximize marketing impact, and creating deep collaboration to enhance our collective global competitiveness as an industry, which has become increasingly crucial as global travel restarts.
Health Canada | COVID Border Measures to Remain in Place at Least Another Month
Health Canada made the announcement on Twitter Wednesday, May 31 stating that:

“The Government of Canada is extending current border measures for travellers entering Canada until at least June 30, 2022. All travellers, regardless of vaccination status, must continue to submit their information in ArriveCAN through the free app or web site.”

Government web sites have been updated accordingly and more information can be found below.
Minimum Wage Increasing June 1
As of June 1st, BC's lowest paid workers will get a pay boost as the minimum wage increases from $15.20 to $15.65 per hour, which is the highest of any province.
The minimum wage increase to $15.65 per hour is tied to British Columbia's average annual inflation rate which, from January 1st to December 31st, 2021, was calculated at 2.8%. This is consistent with the approach taken in other jurisdictions.
BC Tourism and Hospitality Labour Market Information (LMI) Research Project
go2HR is proud to announce the completion of the BC Tourism & Hospitality Labour Market Information (LMI) research project. The project launched in January 2021 with the purpose of developing up-to-date and relevant LMI to provide the industry with the data needed to ensure a thriving workforce during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The LMI project created highly anticipated new analytical resources for labour recovery planning for the industry.
  • The BC Tourism & Hospitality Employment Tracker tracks monthly employment metrics in the industry, by region and by worker demographics.
  • The project also created 11 Workforce Profiles, providing in-depth information on key employment and demographics of the workforce offered from a provincial, sector and regional perspective.
  • The LMI Research Project Final Report details labour demand projections, recovery scenarios, and a summary of worker and employer sentiments about the industry, as well as recommendations to plot the path forward on labour recovery.

The BCHA is grateful and keenly supporting of this work led by go2HR "Accurate, real-time and sector specific data is not only the smart way for us to plot our way back to economic health, it is the only way forward after the staggering devastation on our industry.” - Ingrid Jarrett 
Last Chance to Register | BCHA Information Session on Bill 10
When passed, Bill 10 will remove the democratic protection of a secret ballot vote for union certification, replacing it with a card-based system.

To offer education, resources, and support for members, the BCHA is hosting an information session alongside the experts at Pulver Crawford Munroe LLP, a Vancouver-based law firm that practices exclusively in labour and employment law. During this session, we will provide a toolkit for members, while explore actions that can be taken, both immediately and in the future, answering questions that include:
  • What action can be taking prior to a Union organizing drive?
  • How does a union “get in” to a company?
  • What does certification mean? What is the process?
  • What can management do or say during an organizing drive?
  • What should management NOT do or say during an organizing drive?
go2HR New Health &
Safety Training Courses
Do you want to know more about managing stress at the workplace or how to respond to difficult customers? Are you responsible for hazard identification or implementing a violence prevention policy at your workplace?
For a limited time, go2HR is offering four training courses through the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), FREE for BC’s hospitality and tourism industry!
Courses include:
  • Stress at the workplace
  • Dealing with difficult customers
  • Hazard identification and investigation
  • Violence in the workplace: Establishing a prevention program
Tourism stakeholders, business owners and employees, as well as members of the public, are invited to visit New Federal Tourism Growth Strategy to provide input and help lay the foundation for the future of Canada’s tourism industry. 

To share your views on how Canada can build on its reputation as a world-class destination, please send an email to The deadline for submitting feedback is 11:59 pm (ET) on July 20, 2022.
WorkSafeBC Streamline Investigation Report Submission Process
It is an employer's responsibility to submit Employer Incident Investigation Reports (EIIRs) when reportable incidents occur in the workplace. Effective accident investigations benefit workplaces in several ways: root causes and contributing factors can be determined, appropriate corrective actions are identified, and trends of deficiencies are detected.
WorkSafeBC has put together an online tool where employers can fill in and submit EIIRs through a quicker and easier process than before!
With online submission, employers can:
  • Create both preliminary and full investigation reports
  • Save partially completed EIIRs
  • Pre-populate reports with information such as the employer’s name, representative, and contact information to save for later use
  • View any previously submitted online report
Happy Tourism Week | May
29 – June 4, 2022
Tourism Week is an annual invitation for all tourism partners to come together to champion and promote Canada’s destinations, tourism businesses, and employees – from coast to coast to coast.
Operators and communities around BC are encouraged to share their Tourism Week celebrations on social media using the hashtags #BCTourismCounts and #GreenMeansGo.
The Tourism Industry Association of Canada has created a toolkit with resources to make it easy to share Tourism Week.
Destination BC and TIABC have provided a toolkit with B.C. specific resources.
TIABC created a series of Value of Tourism Videos that you can share through your channels:
Industry News & Quick Links
Tipping Our Hat to Industry
Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation Nominated for Premier's Award!

A congratulations are in order for the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, which has been nominated for a Premier's Award for Organizational Excellence!

The award is in direct recognition of the work the Ministry lead, delivering the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant Program last year, which helped a significant amount of accommodators across the province.

As Ministry Executive Director, Morningstar Pinto explains "The program was an incubation space for growth, humility, and creativity, underpinned by phenomenal humans. We had so much support along the way from many partner ministries and Small Business BC (SBBC)."

Thank you to each individual who worked hard to ensure our industry was supported and received funding from this critical grant.
Mark Your Calendars
Register for BCRTS Tourism Impact Portal Virtual Information Session
  • Session 2: May 18 @ 9 AM PT | Register
Registration closes May 13.
Vancouver International Wine Festival: Trade Days 
May 19 & 20, 2022
Vancouver Convention Centre, 1055 Canada Pl, Vancouver
Register Here
May 19, 2022 | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Host: Greater Vancouver Board of Trade & Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion
Wednesday, June 8 | 8:30 AM  4:30 PM
Partner: Tourism Industry Association of BC Special Offer – Save $100 with promo code TIABC40.
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade DEI Sessions
Sessions Include:
May 19: Indigenous Inclusion
May 26: Including Persons with Disabilities
June 2: Race and Ethnicity in Canada
Click here to learn more and to register.
Comment Card
Go Green | Go Summerhill
Squash Imposter Syndrome
Industry Celebrates Tourism Week!
Last Laugh