March 2020
BCHA Update on COVID-19
What you need to know about COVID-19
The BC Hotel Association is continuing to monitor the novel Covid-19 conditions closely, and are advising members to follow precautionary measures as recommended by the Government of Canada, their travel recommendations and the BC Centre for Disease Control . We are working with tourism and provincial partners to provide you with the most up to date information.
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Send a Letter -
Make your voice heard. Tell your Member of Parliament it's time to level the playing field. Canada's Hotel Sector deserves tax fairness.

Visit to easily submit a letter in support of the BCHA's position on fair rules for Air BnB and OTA taxation.
BC Hospitality Summit Early Bird Ends March 08th!
Register Today to Secure Discounted Pricing
Join the BC Hotel Association and Alliance of Beverage Licensees at BC Hospitality Summit 20 20

Monday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 7 at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort in Kelowna.

What to expect at BC Hospitality Summit 2020

Summit is BC's largest annual gathering of hospitality businesses. With a focus on hotels, food and beverage operations, and liquor retail, the goal of Summit 2020 is to help build profitable strategic partnerships among hospitality businesses.

Conference Highlights: 

View the full conference program here
The Serious Injury Prevention Initiative (SIPI)
Do you have a restaurant on your property? If so, the SIPI will be relevant to your property.

In 2020, WorkSafeBC is including employers in the restaurant service industry (CU 761035, “Restaurant or other Dining Establishments”) as part of our 2018–2020 Serious Injury Prevention Initiative (SIPI).

About the Initiative
WorkSafeBC examined claims and assessment data and applied a predictive model to identify industries, workplaces, and work activities with the highest potential for serious injury, outside of the traditional high risk strategy areas.
SIPI is a three-year plan to prevent serious injuries in the Transportation and Warehousing, Trade, Public, and Service sectors. SIPI is focused on inspecting and engaging employers to prevent serious injuries, which is defined by either the severity or potential severity of the injury — such as a fracture of a major bone — or the length of the recovery period. For more information on the SIPI initiative and relevant resource tools, visit these pages at :
New ENERGY STAR® Score for Hotels/Motels in Canada
In keeping with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)’s commitment to providing up-to-date energy performance benchmarking data for buildings , Natural Resources Canada has announced the release of a new ENERGY STAR® Score for Hotels/Motels in Canada. This release will provide a better comparability of the energy performance of your buildings to the current national stock of similar buildings.

For more information on energy benchmarking for Hotels/Motels in Canada, and other ENERGY STAR scores, please visit the ENERGY STAR Scores section of the NRCan website.

NRCan also offers recorded training webinars to help you better understand how to use the free ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager , the energy-benchmarking tool, and get you started on the path toward improved energy performance. To access the recordings of these webinars, or to request a copy of the slides from any of these presentations, email

Should you have any additional questions we invite you to consult our page ENERGY STAR benchmarking - Frequently Asked Questions .
BC Adopts B44-16 Elevator and Escalator Safety Code
Technical Safety BC is reaching out to owners of elevators and escalators to share an update about the new safety code for elevating devices, CSA B44-16, which will come into effect on April 30, 2020.

Please find an educational leaflet attached here for asset/equipment owners of their responsibilities for ensuring maintenance work is performed on their devices by a licensed contractor.

More information is available on the Technical Safety BC website here .
Morocco Hiring Initiative
Culinary Recruitment International will be embarking on their next trip to Morocco in May 2020.

They provide candidate sourcing of trained cooks and chefs that are eligible for 2-4 year employer specific work permits! All applicants have an experience range of 2-10 years, a culinary diploma, and conversational English skills.

Their objective is to be an additional layer to your current recruitment initiatives. They focus on filling your long term pipeline as well as bringing choice back into your hiring.

Commitment deadline March 15th!
Welcome to New BCHA Members
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  • Hyatt Place Kelowna
  • Hampton Inn and Suites by Hilton Kelowna Airport
  • Oyo Hotels Canada
  • Naramata Inn

Associate Members:
  • Quad Distribution Inc
  • Nanaimo Hospitality Association
  • Coho Reservations
  • WorldMark Vancouver - The Canadian
  • LG Electronics Canada - Business Solutions
  • Culinary Recruitment International
  • FlagShip
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