Hotel Industry Update
Hotel Association of Canada
Update to Hotelier Guide - Economic Relief Options
The Hotel Association of Canada is pleased to share their updated Hotelier Guide for Government of Canada Economic Relief Measures, which now contains updated information after their recent Q&A session for members with employment lawyers last week.
Additional Relief Sought for BC Hydro Commercial Ratepayers
In collaboration with the Commercial Energy Consumers Association of British Columbia (CEC) the BCHA and several commercial industry associations have joined forces regarding the difficulties experienced by members during COVID-19 related to energy related costs.

A letter drafted to the British Columbia Utilities Commission from the CEC highlighted the lack of relief available to Medium General Service (MGS) and Large General Service (LGS) customers. The BCHA along with TIABC, ABLE BC, BC Restaurant and Food Service Association and Landlord BC, have explicitly requested through the CEC, that the BCUC act to facilitate the potential for additional relief from BC Hydro electricity charges.
Rent relief on the way for B.C. small businesses
Launching in mid-May 2020, the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program (CECRA) will see B.C. small businesses receive a total of over $300 million in federal-provincial relief, with B.C. contributing an estimated $80 million.

  • The program will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50% of three-monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship during April, May, and June 2020. 
  • The loans will be forgiven if the mortgaged property owner agrees to reduce eligible small business tenants’ rent by at least 75% for the three corresponding months under a rent forgiveness agreement, which will include a term not to evict the tenant while the agreement is in place. The small business tenant would cover the remainder, up to 25% of the rent.
  • Impacted small business tenants are businesses paying less than $50,000 per month in rent and who have temporarily ceased operations or have experienced at least a 70% drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues. This support will also be available to non-profit and charitable organizations.