Coronavirus

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March 27, 2020 I want to start by thanking everyone who has provided feedback, offered support, and stayed engaged as we gather information about the impacts of COVID-19 to communities, businesses and people. I continue to brief my Cabinet colleagues frequently and your feedback has helped me paint a fuller picture of the impacts of […]

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The Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) recognizes that during these uncertain times, its shared singular focus for 2020-2021 must be on COVID-19 recovery and preparing for future tourism seasons. Because of this, ITAC has created the COVID-19 Development Stimulus Fund, dedicated to addressing the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous tourism businesses by affecting positive […]

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TIAC continues to advocate for the tourism sector daily. We are committed to providing our members with the most up-to-date information to help businesses navigate this difficult time. March 27, 2020  TIAC’s Work Today’s official announcements “to help small businesses keep more employees on payroll” represent a significant win for the industry, with new measures […]

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Destination Canada will be hosting regular webinars to share our approach amid the COVID-19 situation and will continue to invite industry partners, representatives from government as well as applicable businesses to provide the most up-to-date information and resources. When: Wednesday April 1, 2020 at 11 a.m. ET Speakers: The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official […]

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Make the most of this time of social distancing and take the opportunity to get back to your hobbies, catch up on reading, or even learn a new skill! You can upgrade your skills and knowledge without ever leaving your couch with online and distance learning courses like SuperHost, Foundations of Workplace Safety, and FOODSAFE […]

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YKAStrong Launches Online Resources For Immediate Release March 27, 2020, Kamloops, British Columbia – The newly activated YKAStrong campaign has launched online resources to deliver relevant and timely information and provide important and necessary tools for Kamloops businesses and residents to endure the COVID-19 crisis. The campaign is spearheaded by Kamloops business leaders working collectively to […]

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The Government of Canada is focused on helping Canadians and businesses through this tough economic time. We will continue to protect the health and safety of Canadians, while supporting families and businesses and keeping our economy strong in the face of uncertainty. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced additional new measures to support small […]

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Provincial Government’s COVID-19 Action Plan The Action Plan, announced on March 23, focuses on services to protect the health and safety of British Columbians, provide immediate relief to individuals and businesses, and position our province for economic recovery over the long term. The $5 billion plan explains the financial supports available in response to COVID-19 including several actions that individual […]

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Madrid, Spain, 27 March 2020 – The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has released its updated assessment of the likely impact of the COVID-19 on international tourism. Taking into account the unparalleled introduction of travel restrictions across the world, the United Nations specialized agency for tourism expects that international tourist arrivals will be down by 20% to […]

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We have been informed that WorkSafeBC has decided to allow employers to defer payment of their Q1 2020 premiums by three months. This means employers who report payroll and make payments on a quarterly basis, as well as Personal Optional Protection (POP) coverage holders, can defer payment until June 30, 2020. Employers who report annually will […]

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Extraordinary times call for extraordinary events including extraordinary people like you. That’s why you’re invited to B.C.’s Big At Home Picnic!  How does the Big At Home Picnic work? On Saturday, March 28 at 1:00 PDT, wash your hands, lay down a blanket and set up a picnic area in your home. This could be your living room, balcony, […]

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Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, is using extraordinary powers under a state of provincial emergency to keep British Columbians safe, maintain essential goods and services, and support the Province’s ongoing response to novel coronavirus (COVID-19). “B.C. is in a strong position to effectively respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said […]

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Sometimes fluctuations in your business require temporary reductions in staffing levels. Such reductions may or may not become permanent in nature. Where a layoff involves a number of employees, it may evolve into a group termination. In any event, a keen understanding of the layoff and group termination provisions in the Employment Standards Act is […]

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There’s no question the COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the tourism and hospitality industry hard.  The timing is incredibly inopportune as the crisis comes just as employers were gearing up for their important and busy summer season. The global pandemic leaves employers in our industry considering the unfortunate prospects of laying off staff, reducing business hours […]

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Restaurants Canada, the Hotel Association of Canada, and the Tourism Industry Association of Canada have joined forces in their lobbying effort to secure tax relief and a credit facility for the sector as a whole. Collectively the foodservice, tourism and hospitality sectors represent $139 billion in direct economic activity and support 1.8 million employees in […]

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Due to the COVID-19 crisis, many tourism and hospitality employers have to reduce opening hours, lay off employees, or even shut down the operation completely. While some employers have come up with ways to assist their displaced employees, many are still impacted by the shortage of work. go2HR is pleased to offer a solution to […]

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Thank you to everyone who joined us on March 20th for our Visitor Economy webinar. We saw 1,750 participants that included operators and tourism organizations from all levels. This was an inspiring example of Team Canada coming together to support each other through the times ahead. If you were unable to join us or want to […]

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LDB Updates BC Liquor Stores continue to operate across the province, with the exception of some stores in smaller communities who are experiencing staffing issues. You can find current BC Liquor Store hours here. Temporarily Not Accepting Returns  Effective immediately, BC Liquor Stores will no longer accept customer (hospitality and retail) returns. Distribution Centres will continue to […]

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British Columbians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic will benefit from $5 billion in income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services. “The COVID-19 pandemic challenges our health, our economy and our way of life. People and businesses urgently need support,” said Premier John Horgan. “Our action plan focuses on services to […]

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BCEDA #COVID19 Resources for BC Businesses Guide All of these updates are now located in one document. This shareable, live guide is being continually updated with the most relevant information, tools and resources for the BC business community. Click here to view. Newly Updated: Information from ICBC Guidance to construction sites operating during COVID-19 BC Food & […]

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From the BC Chamber of Commerce: Thank you for your spectacular engagement in the BC chamber network COVID-19 Business Impact Survey that launched last Friday and closed at 5 pm on March 18th. We received an unprecedented 7900+ responses. You can be proud – and know with confidence – that there is no more definitive business community “pulse check” […]

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March 20, 2020 We understand that these are extremely challenging times for you, your business, your staff, and your family. Please know our team is working hard to ensure we are communicating your needs to the Provincial Government, and to support you in any way we can. At this time, we would like to share […]

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Updates on COVID-19 In an effort to keep industry informed on the fast-moving COVID-19 situation, Destination BC will be sending out regular bulletins in place of the monthly Directions emails for the foreseeable future. Please encourage your network to subscribe to our newsletter, and feel free to forward these emails to your colleagues and friends. Destination BC’s COVID-19 Response In collaboration with the […]

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