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TOMORROW APR.19 @1PM | Virtual Event

THE HUMANITARIAN HIRING SOLUTION: Refugee Resettlement in BC's Accommodation Sector

Presented by FortisBC and sponsored by Dyson Canada

Are you eager to positively impact the lives of displaced persons while also meeting your recruitment needs? Look no further! The BC Hotel Association (BCHA) is proud to host an upcoming virtual event highlighting two critical and innovative workforce initiatives designed to support refugee resettlement in British Columbia's accommodation sector:

  1. The Talent Beyond Boundaries program, which provides permanent residency to skilled refugees through the BC PNP program
  2. The HIRES program that places refugees directly into vacant entry-level jobs in Canada.


  • Gain insights into recent policy changes at the Federal and Provincial level that offer a pathway to Canada for displaced persons
  • Learn about the BCHA's advocacy efforts to influence these policy changes and address the industry's labour shortage
  • Discover details on the delivery of each program and what to expect as an employer
  • Explore the base requirements for employers for each program
  • Learn about the support available to ensure a smooth transition for employers and workers
  • Leave with an understanding of how to get involved and make a positive difference in the lives of displaced persons

InnFocus Feature | 2023 Economic Outlook for Tourism & Beyond

Are you curious about what the future holds for tourism in Canada and beyond? Look no further than the latest issue of Innfocus magazine, which features a comprehensive article on the 2023 economic outlook for tourism and beyond. This article explores the current state of the industry and provides insights into emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities that are shaping the future of travel.

As the industry recovers from recent years, this article provides a much-needed analysis of the economic forces at play in the tourism industry. From the rise of domestic travel to the potential for new technologies and sustainable practices, the article covers a wide range of topics that are sure to be of interest to anyone who cares about the future of travel.


Prizes Announced for the BCHA Summit Marketplace! | Register

Thinking of attending the BCHA Summit? Register today and you could be the lucky winner of one of the FIFTY INCREDIBLE raffle prizes being given away at the event, including NINE grand prizes! Delegates who receive stamps from the fifty marketplace vendors will immediately be entered for a chance to win. And with so many prizes to be had, your odds are great! Don't miss this opportunity to network, forge new connections, and meet your future business partners!


BCHA At Venue Series in Kelowna

BCHA was in attendance supporting the Venue Series last week in Lake Country at the gorgeous 50th Parallel Estate Winery. BCHA members such as Spirit Ridge, Silver Star, Prestige Hotels & Resorts, The Cove, Delta Grand Okanagan Resort by Marriott and the Eldorado Resort met with Okanagan meeting planners to discuss group and event opportunities. 

BCHA on Lack of Affordable Housing & Impact on Workforce

This week, BCHA President and CEO, Ingrid Jarrett, spoke to a number of media outlets surrounding the lack of affordable housing that is causing many accommodation employers to seek housing solutions within their very own properties:

“We have a housing shortage in B.C. in all areas of the province,” Jarrett said. “It doesn’t matter if you are in Fort St. John, if you’re in Kelowna, if you’re in Victoria. It is not just resort communities. There is a severe shortage of affordable rental housing.”



BC Chamber of Commerce Reaction to Minimum Wage IncreaseVancouver organizations receive almost $3 million to enhance local tourism experiences 

On April 17, 2023, the Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada (PacifiCan), announced over $2.9 million in PacifiCan funding through the Tourism Relief Fund for 14 projects in Vancouver. The projects will attract tourists and create jobs, primarily for women, youth, visible minorities and Indigenous people.


BCHA & go2HR Partner to Support Ukranian Refugees with WHMIS Training

Exciting news for Ukrainian employees in the hospitality industry! The British Columbia Hotel Association (BCHA) and go2HR have partnered together to provide a new learning resource for those who speak Ukrainian. The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training course is now available in Ukrainian translation, making it easier for workers to stay safe on the job. This course is essential for anyone working with or exposed to hazardous materials in Canada, and covers important topics such as WHMIS 2015, hazardous materials, roles and responsibilities, WHMIS labels, and Safety Data Sheets (SDSs). The cost of the WHMIS course is only $16, so sign up now and take the first step towards ensuring your safety on the job!



Recruit Students for Marketing, Design and More!

Attention all employers! Do you need a talented and motivated student to assist with your marketing or design projects? Look no further than #TalentMATCH, your go-to source for simplified recruitment. Their comprehensive recruitment guide streamlines the hiring process by connecting you with schools that offer relevant programs and exceptional talent for both short and long-term placements.


BCHA Members Get Exclusive 10% Discount and Unmatched Quality Products from Quad Distribution!

BCHA members, get unbeatable customer service and quality products at competitive prices with Quad Distribution - one of Canada's leading suppliers to the hospitality industry. They offer a wide range of products, including Televisions, Lighting, Printers, Print Supplies, and Ptac units. Plus, enjoy an exclusive offer of 10% off your first print supply order. Contact Mia Peterson at 416-566-0341 or [email protected] to learn more and update your Buyers Guide contact information.


Is Your Team Up to Date on Customer Service Training?

Improve your customer service skills and exceed expectations with Blue Mountain Solutions' online training course! BCHA members get a $141 discount on the full package of four courses with code BCHASPECIAL. Don't miss out on this fantastic opportunity to recieve top-notch industry training for your entire team--anytime on any device.



Some B.C. hotels putting staff up in rooms amid housing shortage

Some hotels and resorts on Vancouver Island and elsewhere in the province are putting temporary foreign workers up in rooms just to make sure they have enough staff to get through the summer season.



Airbnb crackdown? BC looking to regulate short-term rental market

 Change is in the air: Western Canadian food and drink companies refreshing their brands | The Globe & Mail

Retaining Workers in the Housekeeping Department is Integral to a Hotel's Success | Hotelier


Tourism Week 2023 Toolkit and Resources

BCHA Buyer's Guide! Check out Our Preferred Vendors

More Than A Tagline: Propel Is Launching Careers In Tourism | Tourism HR Canada

Do NOT miss the Hotel event of the Year!

Join the rest of BC's accommodation community with world-class speakers, practical workshops, a bustling marketplace, fun-filled welcome reception, and the Summit Spring Fling Awards Night!

May 1-2, 2023 | Kelowna

Risk and Resilience in the Built Environment 

May 18, 2023 

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Introduction to EDGE for Hotels 

April 27, 2023 

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Empower Her Whistler
May 4 2023 | Whistler
BCHF Okanagan Golf Tournament
May 18, 2023 | Kelowna
BCHF Vancouver Golf Tournament
July 17, 2023 | Vancouver
BCHF Victoria Golf Tournament
August 23, 2023 | Victoria

Finalists Announced! 2023 BC Hotel Association Awards of Excellence | May 1-2!

The BCHA is delighted to announce the finalists of the BCHA Awards of Excellence! Finalists were identified in SEVEN categories ranging from excellence in leadership, culinary, recruitment, supplier relations and more!

Winners of these esteemed awards will be celebrated during the Summit Spring Fling on May 2, 2023- part of the BCHA Summit taking place on May 1-2, 2023, at Delta Hotels by Marriott Grand Okanagan Resort. The two-day event will feature keynote speeches, workshops, panel discussions, a welcome reception, the Summit Spring Fling, and a vendor marketplace. Register for the event by visiting www.bchasummit.com.



New Member: Sparkling Hill Resort

Exciting news! Sparkling Hill Resort has joined the BCHA as a new member. Enjoy a luxurious European spa experience with breathtaking views and rejuvenating services at this 4 Diamond Resort in the Okanagan Valley.

We are delighted to have yet another incredible accommodation join our growing hotel community at the BCHA!


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