Hotel Industry Update
TIABC has released their Recovery Stimulus Package for British Columbia's Tourism & Hospitality Sector. This package includes their recommendations to help mitigate the substantial impact of COVID-19 on the B.C. tourism industry.
Earlier this week, the  Province announced  proposed changes to the Workers Compensation Act to "focus on improving supports for injured workers, while also advancing worker safety."

The key changes include:
  • raising the maximum annual salary amount on which workers’ compensation benefits are based from $87,100 to $100,000
  • authorizing WorkSafeBC to provide preventative medical treatment before a claim is accepted
  • giving powers to the court to issue WorkSafeBC search and seizure warrants that are appropriate for investigating workplace safety infractions
  • giving people a voice in serious workplace prosecutions and trials by using victim impact statements

Note about deferred premiums:
During the COVID-19 pandemic, WorkSafeBC is allowing businesses to defer paying their premiums for six months without penalty or interest. As well, WorkSafeBC is waiving premiums on wages paid to workers of employers receiving the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy for the duration of the program.

For more information on the proposed changes, please read the  BC Government News Release  and backgrounder at:

What do these proposed changes mean for employers?
In an article dated July 14th, Mathews Dinsdale summarizes the potential increased costs to employers. Read the full article at:

WorkSafeBC looking for feedback on proposals
WorkSafeBC will be holding a virtual public hearing on proposed amendments to the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Regulation to be streamed live on September 30th.

The hearing will be streamed in two sessions, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Details on how to view or participate in the virtual public hearing can be found at:
BCHA Board Meeting
Last week, the BCHA held their quarterly board meeting at the Pinnacle Hotel Harbourfront in Vancouver The event was extremely successful in executing an in person meeting exemplifying social distancing protocols, guidelines, and standards for hotel meeting spaces. Sixteen of our board members from across the province were able to meet to discuss the ongoing advocacy efforts and government relations of the association both successful thus far and ongoing.

The board was also able to experience an exciting evening at FlyOver Canada, another great blueprint of safety guidelines being implemented without affecting the amazing experience of soaring over Canada. This two day session reinforced that meetings and travel can be done safely when abiding by recommended protocols.
Tourism Victoria Launches
Reconnect Campaign
Reconnect in Greater Victoria
Reconnect in Greater Victoria with family and loved ones this summer. Reconnect to nature, reconnect to special places you’ve missed, to favourite restaurants and social activities you used to enjoy. And as a special thank you from our DMF hotel partners, during this special summer promotion, visitors who book a two-night stay also get a bonus $75 VISA Reward Card!

Since last month's announcement of our new GoGreen program, in partnership with FortisBC, our Energy Analyst, Dylan Tomlin, has been hard at work assisting property's in making a shift toward more sustainable and efficient operations. Through the GoGreen program , Dylan provides properties an assessment that outlines the following:

  • Analysis of energy costs, consumption, and overall energy performance
  • Technology and equipment inventory for high energy use equipment
  • Room controls survey and optimization for lighting and HVAC
  • Benchmarking against similar properties across Canada
  • Identify alternate revenue sources and available incentives and rebates
  • FortisBC Rebates (Natural gas and Electricity)
  • List of energy saving opportunities
  • Present business case to hotel management
  • Recommended next steps for equipment replacement 
  • Action list for no/low cost ways to reduce energy costs while experiencing low occupancy due to COVID-19
  • EcoFund Program
  • BC Hydro Incentives

We encourage our members to take advantage of this unique and transformative program by signing up here. To date...

  • 5 Virtual Energy Assessments have been booked​
  • 4 Virtual Energy Assessments have been completed​
  • 13 properties have expressed interest​ through our online survey​
  • 34 additional hotels that have expressed interest​ through email or phone conversations
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Throughout COVID-19, there has been an increase in fraudulent certification programs. Members have reported receiving emails encouraging them to participate. Be cautious and research the validity of these organizations when approached. For further guidance, contact our team at BCHA before engaging - . BCHA is currently working with industry partners and our provincial and national counterparts regarding a certification program, and the pro’s and con’s of developing and managing one on behalf of industry. We will keep you apprised.