An Easter Address from BCHA
Hotels Support BC Self Isolation Requirements
BCHA has been working closely with the provincial government to secure properties at all border crossings (YVR and land border crossings) to help prepare for the influx of persons needing to self-isolate after arriving in Canada should they not be able to adhere to new isolation plan measures.
Effective immediately, international travelers (including from the United States) coming to the province are required to provide a self-isolation plan before or upon arrival to BC, regardless of their point of entry to Canada. Travelers will be met by BC officials, and they will be required to explain in detail what their isolation plan is using forms that have been provided to them during their trip. The plans must also be approved by BC officials. If no-self isolation plan is presented, an isolation site will be prepared and made available to those individuals, until they’re able to emerge from self-isolation or prepare alternative arrangements.
Beginning today, Friday, April 10, provincial officials will be on hand at the Vancouver International Airport and major land border crossings to make sure self-isolation plans are complete and to assist those who need it.
Thank you to the properties who we have been working with and who are supporting this initiative in order to help our province flatten the curve. Read more here .

If you’re interested in participating in this program please email
Changes to Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
This week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced more measures to support businesses who have been challenged financially from the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the proposed new Canada Wage Subsidy rules , to measure their revenue loss, businesses have the flexibility to compare their revenue of March, April and May 2020 to that of the same month of 2019, or to an average of their revenue earned in January and February 2020 - which should help new or scaled-up businesses qualify.
Another proposed adjustment is to make the CEWS more accessible than originally announced by reducing the 30% benchmark to 15%, which is expected to capture the many businesses that were forced to shut down midway through that month.
New BCCDC Guide for Hotel Sector
The BC Centre for Disease Control has developed a new guide documenting “Guidance for the Hotel Sector.” The guide captures best practices and protocol for environmental cleaning, food and beverage services, spa and pool areas, staff health, and supportive collateral. It can be downloaded here , and is also available on the BCHA website  
Alternative BC Hydro Relief for
Large & Medium General Services
BC Hydro accounts on the Large General Service (LGS), Medium General Service (MGS) and other business rates aren't eligible for the COVID-19 Relief Fund. If you aren't eligible, business customers may be eligible for the  COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program , which allows you to defer payments or arrange a flexible payment plan. We are working to secure debt free alternatives to this plan, and will be meeting with Government to ensure the burden is understood and addressed.
If you are a larger business with a Key Account Manager, please reach out to them to learn about options if you're having difficulty keeping up with your business' bills. BCHA is also continuing to advocate for a program to address the need for greater support.