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COVID- 19

All employers resuming operations are required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission in their business. This plan follows the six steps outlined in the COVID-19 and returning to safe operation template developed by WorkSafeBC. Employers must involve frontline workers, joint health and safety committees, and supervisors in identifying protocols for their workplace. They do not need a formal plan in place to begin operation, but are expected to develop it while protecting the safety of their workers

BC is Currently in Step 3 of its Restart Plan

COVID-19 has created an ever-changing and unpredictable landscape for the tourism & hospitality industry.

BC’s Restart is a careful, four-step plan to bring BC back together.

Getting vaccinated is the most important tool supporting our restart.

With British Columbians achieving nearly 80% adult Dose 1 vaccine coverage and COVID-19 case counts continuing to decline, the Province safely moved to Step 3 of its four-step restart on July 1, 2021. British Columbia continues to take steps in safely bringing people back together, with the goal to transition into Step 4 of BC’s Restart plan, when it is safe to do so!

Tourism Restart Step 3 Toolkit

For a quick guide on communications, health and safety, workforce, and marketing in relation to Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan, BC tourism businesses and partners can also refer to Destination BC’s Tourism Restart Step 3 Toolkit.

Refer to the Messaging Guidance until further notice, related to Step 3 of BC’s four-step Restart Plan. The document includes marketing messaging, responsible travel infographics, and a comprehensive FAQ.

The goal of Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan is to encourage travel to and throughout the province by Canadians.

TIABC Publishes “Know Before You Go”  Video Series

In the Fall of 2021 TIABC, published five videos highlighting the efforts that the tourism industry is taking to keep guests, staff, BC residents and visitors safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Click on the images below to watch the videos about Restaurants & Food Services, Attractions, Bars & Pubs, Accommodations and Camping & RV’ing.

Joint Statement on Resumption of Travel Within BC

June 15, 2021 – Melanie Mark, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport; Brenda Baptiste, Chair, Indigenous Tourism BC; Walt Judas, CEO, Tourism Industry Association of BC; Ingrid Jarrett, President and CEO, BC Hotel Association; Anthony Everett, Chair of the BC Regional Tourism Secretariat; and Richard Porges, President and CEO, Destination BC, released a statement on the resumption of non-essential travel within B.C.

Read the full statement

Tourism Task Force Presents Final Report to Minister

On December 9th, 2020 the Tourism Task Force presented its final report to the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, Hon. Melanie Mark, with a series of recommendations to support businesses and the workforce, and maintain confidence in travelers and communities.

On Sept. 18, 2020, Government appointed 11 business and industry leaders to a Tourism Task Force focused on identifying actions to help B.C.’s tourism industry recover from the impacts of the pandemic and put the industry on a path toward long-term growth. The task force was formed as part of StrongerBC, British Columbia’s economic recovery plan.

Over a period of almost three months, members of the task force gathered information on best practices from other jurisdictions and analyzed the impact of existing provincial and federal relief programs. The task force also held targeted consultations through a series of regional and topic-specific stakeholder roundtables and received presentations from 12 tourism experts.

Read the full statement

BC Government Announces COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan – September 17, 2020

Learn more at: news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2020PREM0052-001780

Find out more and download the full report at: strongerbc.gov.bc.ca

Keep up to date with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport announcements  here

View the TIABC and Industry Partners media release

Tourism & Hospitality Sector Seeks $680 Million Recovery Stimulus Package from B.C. Government 

On July 21, 2020 the BC tourism industry released a proposal for immediate and vital assistance for the sector hardest hit by COVID-19 and travel restrictions.

Download the full proposal here: Recovery Stimulus Package for British Columbia’s Tourism & Hospitality Sector

Read the media release and backgrounder here

On July 20, 2020, letters were sent to each MLA in British Columbia regarding this proposal.

Read the full statement
TIABC webinar series returns on November 24th! 

Equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are important elements in sustainable labor recovery. But what do these really mean in the workplace context? While businesses are aware of the importance of these elements, many are often unsure where to start.

go2HR is committed to building strong and safe workplaces. We have engaged ParriagGroup, a leading EDI firm, to build a webinar that deepens our understanding of EDI and how to start reshaping the workplace.

Date: November 24th | 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm (PT)

Tap link in bio to register. 👆
REMINDER: Registration is open for TIABC 2022 Annual general meeting and industry forum! 🎉 

Registration is open for TIABC's AGM, to be held Friday, November 18th at the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia Street, New Westminster. 

Schedule of Activities:
11:00 AM - Reports of the Society and election of directors
12:00 PM - Complimentary lunch for AGM attendees
12:30-2:00 PM - Presentation and workshop on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with guest speaker, Joanna Jagger, founder & president, WORTH (Women of Recreation, Tourism and Hospitality) Association

Register through the link in bio.👆 

#bctourismcounts #bctourism #tourismsector #bc #tourism #bcstrong #explorebc #hellobc #GreenMeansGo
Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at TIABC! 🍂 

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In Recognition of National Truth & Reconciliation Day, TIABC is dedicating this edition of our weekly newsletter to honour the children who never returned home and the First Nation, Métis, and Inuit survivors of residential schools, as well as their families and communities. TIABC understands that public commemoration of the tragic and painful history and ongoing impacts of residential schools is a vital component of the reconciliation process.

We open with an updated re-post from TIABC Director Brenda Baptiste and her poignant editorial from last year's inaugural National Truth & Reconciliation Day. Also included is a "Member Spotlight" on St. Eugene Golf, Resort and Casino which features content relating to the Indigenous peoples and communities in our province.

Tap the link in our bio to read the full newsletter. 👆

#NDTR2022 #OrangeShirtDay #TRCCanda #WeWearOrange #TruthAndReconciliation #NationalDayForTruthAndReconciliation #DestinationIndigenous #IndigenousBC
In Ottawa this week, TIABC CEO Walt Judas met with @tourismhrcanada CEO Philip Mondor to discuss workforce challenges at THRC’s annual Labour Market Forum.
TIABC Call for Nominations 📢

The Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC) Governance Committee is seeking qualified individuals for the 2022-2024 term that are dedicated to the success of the Association and will support its principles as a member of the Board of Directors. Acceptance of nominations is based on a specific set of skills and experience.

Eligible candidates must demonstrate specific experience in the following areas:

1. Tourism Industry Knowledge

2. Technical & Business Expertise

3. Governance Competencies

4. Education and Training

The Board of Directors is made up of a maximum of 13 directors, consisting of 11 directors elected by the active members. TIABC is seeking a total of six (6) candidates for the 2022-2024 term:

The deadline for application submissions is Friday, September 30th at 5:00 pm

To receive the TIABC Board Nomination Form, or if you have any questions or concerns, please contact Deborah Kulchiski (Manager, Special Projects, TIABC) at deborah@tiabc.ca or p. 604.530.9979

Tap the link in our bio to learn more. ☝️