Finding solutions to the workforce crisis is among our most significant priorities at the BCHA and we are excited to share that we have partnered with Alltourage to help support the recruitment efforts for our association members.
* Shared on behalf of ABLE BC
The British Columbia General Employee’s Union (BCGEU) and the BC Government reached a tentative deal earlier this week and that, as a show of good faith, the BCGEU is standing down strike action at the Liquor Distribution Branch’s (LDB) warehouses and ending its ban on overtime.
A Message from Executive Director Jeff Guignard About the BCGEU Strike
This Monday, British Columbia’s entire $15 billion liquor and cannabis industries were thrown into disarray when the British Columbia BC General Employees' Union (BCGEU) commenced strike action outside of four critical Liquor Distribution Branch warehouses.
Communication taken from ABLE BC.
As you are already aware, due to BCGEU strike action the LDB has temporarily shut down its distribution centres and Wholesale Customer Centre. This means that BC's liquor and cannabis businesses will not receive any products from the LDB until the strike action is over. As a reminder, the job action at distribution centres and the WCC will not impact ordering from BDL or local producers offering direct delivery. Both BDL and our BC-based producers stand ready to accept your orders.
Select Standing Committee On Finance and government services releases report on budget 2023 consultations
The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia released the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services report on Budget 2023 consultations. The budgetary consultation process was created in the early 2000s and provides insight into the themes that emerge from the over 1000 submissions that the Committee receives and finds compelling.
The BCHA is pleased to share our submission for the Federal Growth Strategy, which mirrors key asks from our national hotel and tourism sector. In addition to outlining the key asks and pillars in our collective strategy -- Labour, Borders and Transportation, Investment and Building a Regenerative and Inclusive Tourism Sector-- the BCHA always drew attention to key infrastructure projects across BC to address our hotel shortage; provincial workforce projects, training programs, and upskilling opportunities; immigration policy changes to support ; along with investments in provincial sustainability programs.
The old adage that "Canadians are born all over the world, it just takes some time for them to get here" continues to ring true, particularly, as accommodators look outside of Canada to welcome new employees. Temporary Foreign Workers contribute immensely to our industry in British Columbia, but we share a friendly reminder that additional documentation is required to ensure these workers meet employment and immigration protocols.
Bringing the Olympic Games to BC in 2030 could have an enormous impact on our provincial accommodation and tourism industries. This week marks an important milestone to bring the games back to BC, with the organizing committee meeting with various councils, including the City of Vancouver.
Support the BC 2030 Olympic bid by taking the following steps as shared by the Olympic Organizing Committee:
As announced in British Columbia’s Budget 2022 on February 22, 2022, effective July 1, 2022, certain marketplace facilitators must charge and collect provincial sales tax (PST) and the municipal and regional district tax (MRDT) on taxable sales and leases that they facilitate through an online marketplace. This includes taxable sales of accommodation facilitated through an online marketplace by an online marketplace facilitator.