Todays industry update includes:

  • 2021 Virtual Tourism & Hospitality Conference #MISSIONPOSSIBLE2021
  • ABLE BC Update - BC's pubs, bars, and restaurants gain access to wholesale liquor prices permanently
  • Stream Financial - CEWS & CERS Application Assistance
  • Convenience Industry Council of Canada (CICC): PST on Soda Update
  • WORTH Association Updates
  • International Women's Day
  • A Journey to Overcome Bias & Create Safe Spaces

For any questions please reach out to our team. 
2021 Tourism & Hospitality Conference
Join Us! At The 2021 BC Tourism & Hospitality Conference. March 8-11.
The conference theme is Mission Possible, a reference to the resilience and overall tenacity of our industry as we look to the future of tourism and hospitality.

Enjoy presentations and workshops on a wide-range of topics from industry experts and leaders like:
·    Doug Stephens, of Retail Prophet.
·    Randy Durband, CEO for the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC).
·    Susie Grynol, President & CEO of the Hotel Association of Canada
·    Marsha Walden, CEO of Destination Canada
·    And many many more.
Great value at only $99.00 per person (or $250.00 per company for up to four (4) people) for the week and $20.00 per person to join our Tuesday Craft Beer Tasting. (all prices exclusive of GST and applicable taxes) Over 24 hours of content and complimentary workshops on Friday!
ABLE BC Update: BC's pubs, bars, and restaurants gain access to wholesale liquor prices permanently
Today, British Columbia’s Solicitor General Mike Farnworth announced one of the most significant liquor policy changes in a generation: BC’s hospitality industry will now be able to access wholesale liquor prices permanently. This has been one of most urgent requests from thousands of small hospitality businesses struggling to recover from the devastating financial impacts of COVID-19.
Read the government news release here.
Minister Farnworth really came through for BC's struggling hospitality industry today. This is exactly the kind of support and certainty our businesses need to recover, and to help keep our industry’s 190,000 workers employed.
As you know, hospitality businesses had been granted temporary access to wholesale prices in June 2020, but the permission was set to expire March 31. Accessing wholesale prices will reduce the cost of liquor purchases for pubs and restaurants by as much as 20 per cent, which could translate into about five per cent savings that goes directly to their bottom line.
"This will help thousands of neighbourhood pubs and restaurants walk back from the brink of bankruptcy and give them a legitimate chance at surviving the COVID-19 crisis,” said Al McCreary, President of ABLE BC’s Board of Directors.
“With about 80 per cent of BC’s pubs and restaurants slipping deeper into debt every month, this announcement could not have come at a better time.” “This is huge for our business,” said ABLE Brendan Bonfield, Director of Operations at Darby’s Hospitality Inc. “It will help us weather the pandemic financially and keep people employed, while also giving our customers better options that were unaffordable until now.”
Read ABLE BC's news release here.
Positive change through partnership
Although industry has been seeking this change since wholesale pricing for liquor retailers was introduced in 2015, today’s announcement comes as a direct result of ongoing advocacy efforts by ABLE BC and the Business Technical Advisory Panel (BTAP).
ABLE BC has been proud to work alongside the BCRFA, BC Craft Brewers Guild, and others as part of BTAP, which was been advising government on liquor policy reforms since 2018 and throughout this COVID crisis.
More policy work underway
In addition to changes to the hospitality pricing model, work is underway by government on several other measures identified within BTAP’s report. We will share more information with you as it becomes available.
If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact ABLE BC:
Stream Financial CEWS & CERS Application Assistance
Our preferred financial partner, Stream Financial is offering assistance in helping members prepare new and or amended CEWS or CERS applications. Stream can also review existing applications. 
By offering this service as a flat fee it will make it easy for members to determine whether it is worth their while to have is do the work vs the potential subsidy they will receive.
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy:
Filing New and Amended or Review Existing Filed
Per filing Fee up to 10 employees = $300 + HST
Per each additional 1-10 employees= +$25 + HST
Per each additional Payroll Program account = $50 + HST
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy:
Prepare Filing New and Amended or Review Existing Filed
Per filing fee for the 1st location = $150+HST
Per each additional location= +$50+HST
Member will provide us all information electronically and preferably in a spreadsheet if possible. If they wish us to file on their behalf they will need to be willing to authorize us to access their CRA account. (This take a number of days to be granted access).
Any member wanting more details around these services or with more questions can reach out at: 
Convenience Industry Council of Canada (CICC): PST on Soda Update
The CICC released today that soda beverages will no longer qualify for the PST exemption for food products for human consumption. 
As announced in British Columbia's Budget 2020, effective April 1, 2021, PST applies to soda beverages, that include soft drinks, soda pop, sparkling fruit juices, kombucha and frozen sweetened beverages such as Slurpees. PST applies to all beverages in a vending machine if the vending machine dispenses any soda beverages. All beverages dispensed by a soda fountain or soda gun are also subject to PST.
For details about how PST applies to soda beverages please see Notice 2021-002, Notice to Sellers of Soda Beverages.
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WORTH Association Updates
International Women's Day
On March 8th, 2021 we recognize International Women’s Day across the globe. This year’s theme is “Choose to Challenge”, a call to action to combat injustices in the fight for women’s equality. Since our incorporation, IWD has always been a positive event. A day to celebrate inclusivity and acknowledge the social, political and economic achievements of women. It’s also a chance to gather our community.
A Journey to Overcome Bias & Create Safe Spaces
Part 3 of Colourful Conversations brought us a discussion between Tolu Aladejebi of Black in Hospitality and Co-owner and VP of Career Contacts Natasha Jeshani about all things recruitment and creating safe work environments. Natasha also happens to be an Amazon bestselling author (HR Insider: How to Land your dream job and keep it).