Dear BCHA Members,
With the first week of 2023 already under our belt, I am encouraged by the optimism felt across our industry for the New Year. Our team and Board of Directors are excited over the initiatives and work we have planned for the year ahead and I am confident that through these efforts, 2023 will be a successful year for us all.
The Provincial government now requires all employers to register with them before hiring foreign workers. This certification is called the Temporary Foreign Worker Act Certificate of Registration.
See link below to register your business and to apply for your certificate. There are no fees but processing time are over 4 weeks so members are encourage to register as soon as possible.
Last week, Premier David Eby issued ministerial mandate letters for all members of Executive Council (Cabinet). These provide some insight into priorities for each ministry going forward, but aren’t the only thing that guides ministerial decision-making.
Last week the Minister of Immigration announced two policy changes that will help hoteliers staff up for the summer.
Finance Minister Selina Robinson spoke extensively to the Provincial Sales Tax Amendment Act during last week’s Committee Stage debate of Bill 42. MLA Peter Milobar (Kamloops-North Thompson) serving as the Critic for Finance brought up hotels many times throughout his remarks, as well as his disapproval of the MRDT.
British Columbia ended the second quarter of its fiscal year with $5 billion more in revenues than expected earlier this year. The operating surplus was expected to be $700 million, and is now forecast to be $5.7 billion.
Last Friday, Premier David Eby was sworn in as the 37th Premier of British Columbia at the Musqueam Community Centre in Vancouver.
On November 17, a series of changes were made to the BC Provincial Nominee Program’s (BC PNP) Skills Immigration streams.
The marketing team at Douglas College is looking for your feedback! As part of their marketing practicum project, they have created a survey to collect important information on sustainable practices being utilized in the BC hospitality industry! Please fill out the survey below and help Douglas College students collect valuable information to support our industry!
For the week of October 23 to 29, we are continuing to see promising data indicating industry recovery from our partners at STR.