TIABC Policies, Advocacy, Positions & Correspondence

Highlights of 2021 TIABC Meetings with Government & Stakeholders

In addition to individual meetings and submissions to government, TIABC also regularly participates in the Industry Engagement Table under the auspices of the Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery & Innovation. Tourism, Arts, Culture & Sport Minister Mark, Labour Minister Harry Bains, Dr. Bonnie Henry, Health Minister Adrian Dix and other government officials provide briefings to various sector association representatives on provincial measures related to COVID-19.

  • 12/12/21 – MTACS Assistant Deputy Minister Nick Grant – Topics: Tourism project in Chilliwack; access issue involving forest company in Kootenays.
  • 12/03/21 – MP Patrick Weiler (federal government Pacific Caucus Chair) – Topics: Federal government relief measures; travel restrictions; PCR tests.
  • 11/26/21 – MTACS Deputy Minister Neilane Mayhew – Topic: Roundtable with commercial operators re: camping reservation system.
  • 11/22/21 – Min. of Finance Deputy Minister Heather Wood – Topic: Proposal by District of Tofino to use MRDT for wastewater treatment plan.
  • 11/04/21 – MTACS Deputy Minister Neilane Mayhew – Topics: Recommendations on allocation of $50 million in recovery funds; request for assistance to eliminate federal PCR tests for fully vaccinated travellers.
  • 10/21/21 – MTACS Deputy Minister Neilane Mayhew – Topics: Recommendations on the allocation of $50 million on behalf of members of the Tourism Roundtable Advisory Committee.
  • 10/20/21 – MTACS Interim Assistant Deputy Minister Liz Vickery – Topic: The City of Abbotsford’s plans to lease or sell Tradex (originally a BC Government facility) to private interests instead of continued usage as a community venue.
  • 09/24/21 – MTACS Deputy Minister Neilane Mayhew – Topic: The City of Abbotsford’s plans to lease or sell Tradex (originally a BC Government facility) to private interests instead of continued usage as a community venue.
  • 09/07/21 – MTACS Deputy Minister Neilane Mayhew – Topic: Discussion on Discover BC camping reservations for commercial operators; industry’s view on Tofino’s plan to use MRDT for its wastewater treatment plant; status of $50 million earmarked for tourism sector.
  • 09/07/21 – MTACS Interim Assistant Deputy Minister Liz Vickery – Topic: Fishing impasse in the north.
  • 09/06/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew, MTACS Interim ADM Liz Vickery; MJERI DM Bobbi Plecas – Topic: Briefing on what role tourism can play as part of BC’s new economy strategy.
  • 09/01/21 – MTACS Interim Assistant Deputy Minister Liz Vickery – Topic: Tofino’s plan to use MRDT for its wastewater treatment plant.
  • 08/25/21 – MP Patrick Weiler (federal government Pacific Caucus Chair) – Topics: Federal government relief measures; travel restrictions; PCR tests; cruise.
  • 08/23/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew – Topic: Impacts of the latest announcement on vaccine passports, as well as issues concerning interior health restrictions, labour shortages and impacts of wildfires.
  • 08/20/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew – Topic: Policies being developed by TIABC on open net fish farms and old growth logging; TIABC’s position on paid sick leave and vaccine passports; status of the adventure tourism policy and the need for a champion within government to advocate for changes; status of Step 4 of BC’s restart plan.
  • 08/12/21 – Min. of Transportation DM Kaye Krishna – Topic: Marine border impasse affecting passenger vessels unable to operate between Canada and USA.
  • 08/12/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: Marine border issue and provincial assistance required; status of workforce submission for government support. 
  • 08/05/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: Discussion on the need for further input or ideas regarding $50 million still available to tourism and hospitality sectors this fiscal year to help with relief and recovery efforts.
  • 07/30/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew – Topics: Follow-up on the BC TRIP proposal to help large operators; discussion on status of World Cup Soccer opportunity.
  • 07/27/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: Discussion and information exchange on the Major Iconic Attractions Grant Program and remaining funds available; discussion on options for $50 million available to tourism operators as part of recovery contingency monies from the 2021 budget.
  • 06/29/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: Workforce plan development, large operators brief, other relief measures.
  • 06/24/21 – Min. of Transportation DM Kaye Krisha, ADM Deborah Bowman; Minister Rob Fleming – Topic: Request for province to petition the federal government to announce the lifting of the cruise ship ban and Province to issue statement of support for the BC cruise sector.
  • 06/22/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topic: Policy development by the Adventure Tourism Coalition.
  • 06/19/21 – MP Patrick Weiler (federal government Pacific Caucus Chair) – Topics: Federal government relief measures; travel restrictions; PCR tests; cruise.
  • 06/18/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew – Topic: Workforce shortage; relief funding; cruise issues; re-opening border to USA.
  • 06/18/21 – Premier John Horgan – Topic: Cruise ship ban and impact on BC.
  • 06/16/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topic: Cruise ship ban; USA border.
  • 06/10/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topic: Step 3 of BC’s Restart Plan.
  • 06/05/21 – MP Patrick Weiler (federal government Pacific Caucus Chair) – Topics: Federal government relief measures; travel restrictions; PCR tests; cruise.
  • 06/04/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: Proposal for BC Film Museum; Abbotsford International Airport.
  • 06/03/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew – Topic: BC Trip proposal and relief for large operators; crown fee relief for tourism businesses.
  • 05/26/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: Relief measures to help industry; $50 million budget allocation for tourism and hospitality sector.
  • 05/21/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew, ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: Step 2 & 3 of BC’s Restart Plan.
  • 05/18/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: Campground reservations; insurance premiums; Circuit Breaker program; travel restrictions.
  • 05/17/21 – MTACS Min. Melanie Mark, DM Neilane Mayhew, ADM Salman Azam – Topics: Tourism Restart Plan; travel restrictions.
  • 05/07/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew – Topic: Abbotsford Airshow; travel restrictions; BC TRIP proposal to support large operators; Restart plan.
  • 05/06/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: Consumer refunds; campground reservations; Circuit Breaker program; travel restrictions.
  • 04/28/21 – MTACS ADM Salman Azam – Topics: Meetings & Events sector re-opening; Circuit Breaker program extension; Anchor Attractions program; Squamish Spit.
  • 04/26/21 – Premier John Horgan – Topics: Travel restrictions; provincial relief support for tourism operators..
  • 04/23/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew – Topic: Relief programs for tourism operators.
  • 04/22/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew, ADM Salman Azam – Topic: Mitigating impact of new travel restrictions.
  • 04/17/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew, ADM Salman Azam – Topic: Industry toolkit to mitigate the impact of new travel restrictions.
  • 04/16/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew, ADM Salman Azam, Min. Melanie Mark – Topic: Mitigating impact of new travel restrictions.
  • 04/13/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: Consumer refunds; Fishing Tourism Highway; Non-MRDT collecting communities.
  • 04/09/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew – Topics: Meetings & Events proposal; tenure relief.
  • 04/07/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: Meetings & Events proposal; Tourism Coalition restart plan.
  • 04/06/21 – MLAs Shirley Bond, Mike Morris – Topics: Relief measures; travel restrictions.
  • 03/30/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: Travel restrictions; tourism restart proposal.
  • 03/26/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew – Topics: Large operators’ proposal (BC TRIP); tourism Restart Plan; restart plan for Meetings & Events; farm market restrictions.
  • 03/23/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: Support for fishing sector; Meetings & Events sector support; help for non-MRDT collecting communities; Adventure Tourism Branch proposal.
  • 03/17/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew, ADM Salman Azam – Topic: Proposal for large operators (BC TRIP).
  • 03/16/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: Commonwealth Games proposal; BC TRIP; Tourism Restart Plan.
  • 03/12/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew – Topics: BC TRIP, HASCAP; Meetings & Events proposal; USA border re-opening.
  • 02/09/21 – MTACS ADM Salman Azam – Topics: Avalanche Canada funding; BC TRIP; camping reservations system.
  • 02/08/21 – MJERI DM Christine Little, Min. Ravi Kahlon – Topics: Changes required to Small & Medium-sized Business Recovery Grant program; rapid testing.
  • 02/04/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: Inter-provincial travel ban; relief measures.
  • 02/01/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew – Topics: Changes required to Small & Medium-sized Business Recovery Grant program; HASCAP.
  • 01/29/21 – MP Hedy Fry – Topics: Federal government support programs; workforce.
  • 01/26/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: Relief funding; fishing proposal; contract tracing; rapid testing.
  • 01/20/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew – Topics: Large operator relief; changes required to Small & Medium-sized Business Recovery Grant program; HASCAP.
  • 01/20/21 – MJERI ADM Christine Little – Topic: Changes required to Small & Medium-sized Business Recovery Grant program.
  • 01/19/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: Treasury Board submission; fishing tourism support.
  • 01/18/21 – Premier Horgan, MTACS Min. Melanie Mark, DM Neilane Mayhew – Topics: Travel ban; Provincial Restart Plan; support for large operators.
  • 01/15/21 – MTACS DM Neilane Mayhew – Topics: Travel ban; camping reservations; relief measures.
  • 01/14/21 – Mun. Affairs Minister Josie Osbourne, Citizen Services Minister Lisa Beare – Topic: Travel ban.
  • 01/13/21 – MTACS ADM Salmon Azam – Topics: BC Parks funding; Coalition restart plan; Meetings & Events restart plan.

2021 TIABC Presentations to Industry & Stakeholders

Throughout 2021, TIABC was a guest presenter to a diverse audience of industry businesses, organizations and stakeholders. They included:

  • Abbotsford Events Advisory Committee
  • ABLE BC Liquor Conference
  • BC Regional Tourism Secretariat (BCRTS) Tourism Summit
  • BC Fishing Tourism Association AGM
  • BC Lodging & Campgrounds Ideas Forum
  • Capilano University - School of Tourism
  • Destination BC Marketing Committee
  • Destination BC Industry Briefing
  • Destination Vancouver
  • Federal Conservative Caucus
  • Global Meetings Day
  • Helicat Canada
  • Parksville / Qualicum Beach Tourism - AGM
  • Royal Roads University
  • Sunshine Coast Tourism - AGM
  • Surrey Board of Trade
  • Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) Board of Directors
  • TIABC - AGM
  • Tourism Industry Association of Canada (TIAC) Town Hall
  • Tourism Tofino - AGM
  • Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Community Forum
  • Wilderness Tourism Association (WTA) - AGM

For a full list of TIABC’s recent COVID-19 activities, please visit www.tiabc.ca/advocacy-policy-development/covid-19-updates

“New money to help tourism and hospitality is certainly most appreciated. Aside from working with government to ensure that available funds flow to tourism businesses as quickly as possible, we will continue to advocate for further relief to access the unanticipated recovery measures that the Province committed to for situations such as the impending travel ban and ongoing border closures that have left our industry in a desperate state. We recognize that many tourism businesses may not survive absent of further support, so we look forward to our dialogue with the Province in the days ahead to find additional ways to help.” – Walt Judas, TIABC CEO (June 2021)

Advocacy Issues

Passing of Bill C-2 Critical

The passing of Bill-C2 has been critical to the tourism and hospitality.  As an active member of the Coalition of Hardest Hit, TIABC is encouraged by the announcement for additional support to the industry, both provincially and nationally.

Letter to City of Abbotsford re: Tradex

TIABC, along with the BCHA and Tourism Abbotsford Society sent a Thank-You letter to Mayor & Council of the City of Abbotsford for their consideration and decision to ensure Tradex remains an event-based venue for years to come.  Read the letter here.

BC Family Day

TIABC urged the provincial government to have British Columbia Family Day remain on the second Monday of February. However, on February 9, 2018, Premier Horgan announced that BC Family Day would shift to the third week of February. This was unnecessary and will seriously impact tourism operators throughout BC; restore FD to its original weekend, offsetting the holiday that some other provinces enjoy. TIABC sent a letter to Premier Horgan in January 2018 with support from many tourism stakeholders – Click here
Letters were written by other tourism stakeholders. For example, Tourism Golden letter – Click here and Tourism Kamloops letter – Click here
B.C. government shifts Family Day, beginning in 2019

New Tourism Vision For Central Coast & North Island Region Of BC

A coalition of First Nations bands, tourism operators, associations including TIABC, communities and destination marketing organizations, called the Mid-Coast BC Ferry Working Group, presented the report: Tourism Development and Ferry Services: A Vision for First Nations and Rural Communities on BC’s Central Coast and North Island to Jobs, Tourism and Skills Minister Shirley Bond, Transportation Minister Todd Stone and MLA Donna Barnett (Cariboo-Chilcotin) in Victoria. To view the report, click here or visit the Aboriginal Tourism Association of Canada.
TIABC September 6, 2016 press release – Unique Partnership Key to New Agreement with Province of B.C. on Mid-Coast Ferry Service

Tourism Golden And CP Rail

TIABC member Tourism Golden requested a letter of support after Canadian Pacific rail company decided to close off an access point to the Kicking Horse River that is vital for the area’s river rafting companies. The letter sent March 2016 letter is available to TIABC members only – click here.  Read Tourism Golden’s April 5, 2016 media release here. Read April 22 2016 update on resolution here.

Letters To New Federal Mps Outlining Key BC Tourism Issues

After the federal election, welcome letters were sent to all BC MPs outlining TIABC’s mandate and our four primary federal tourism issues: 1) labour shortages, immigration policy and the Temporary Foreign Workers Program; 2) pre-clearance and visas for low-risk travelers; 3) air access and capacity; and 4) increased and dedicated funding for Destination Canada. The entire November 2015 welcome letter sent to the Minister of Small Business and Tourism, Hon. Bardish Chagger available to TIABC members only – click here.

Tourism Victoria Trademark Violation

TIABC provided a support letter for Tourism Victoria (TIABC member) who was seeking government intervention for a trademark violation by the Croatia Ministry of Tourism. The entire June 2015 letter sent to Minister of State (Small Business, Tourism and Agriculture) is available to TIABC members only – click here.

Tourism Victoria Visitor Centre Renovations

TIABC provided a support letter for Tourism Victoria (TIABC member) who was seeking Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program grant funding. The entire July 2015 letter sent to Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification is available to TIABC members only – click here.

Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism Hotel Expansion

TIABC provided a support letter for Vancouver’s North Shore Tourism (TIABC member) who was seeking endorsement of a proposal for a new and expanded hotel in their destination. The entire July 2015 letter sent to review committee is available to TIABC members only – click here.

Bylaw Guide For Agri-Tourism On Alr Properties

TIABC submitted comments and recommendations regarding the proposed Minister’s Bylaw Standard Criteria (Bylaw Guide) for agri-tourism activities on properties within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). We consulted with a number of members and stakeholders to provide an informed summary of our questions and feedback. In TIABC’s view, the proposed Bylaw Guide appears to provide a clear and coherent framework for supporting agri-tourism activities in select circumstances. The entire January 2016 letter sent to the Minister of Agriculture is available to TIABC members only – click here. In early August 2016, the Ministry of Agriculture has announced a regulation that establishes that ALR land owners will not need a permit from the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC) to host specific activities like commercial weddings, concerts or non-agriculture related festivals, providing that:

  • The farm is classified as having farm status under the Assessment Act;
  • No new, permanent structures are being built;
  • All parking must be on the farm (no road parking) but the parking area must not be permanent nor interfere with the farm’s agricultural productivity;
  • The number of guests at any event is 150 or less; and
  • The number of events is 10 or less in a calendar year.

An application to the ALC is required if any of the above conditions are not met.
To view the Ministry of Agriculture announcement of the eligible agri-tourism activities, click here.

Discovery Coast Ferry Route

Discovery Coast Ferry Route – TIABC took a lead role and immediately commissioned a report to determine the economic impact the cancellation of this ferry service will have on the communities that rely on the Discovery Coast Circle Route. The entire January 2014 report is available to TIABC members only – click here.

Connecting America

Connecting America was a TIAC/CTC initiative to seek additional investment from the federal government. TIABC advocated at the provincial level to support TIAC at the federal level to secure government support for this initiative. Full May 2014 support letter sent to Maxime Bernier, then Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business available to TIABC members only – click here.

Tourism Accommodation Assessment Relief Act

TAARA (Tourism Accommodation (Assessment Relief) Act) – TIABC worked closely with the BC Lodging and Campground Association to support this initiative by being another voice advocating for modernization of the act which was finally approved as part of the 2016 BC budget. Full March 2014 letter sent to Finance Minister, Mike de Jong available to TIABC members only – click here.

Destination BC Taskforce

Destination BC Taskforce – TIABC played a key role in working with government to fashion a proposal that led to the creation of Destination BC. A key part of the proposal was to imbed within legislation an investment model to ensure long-term and sustainable funding for DBC. TIABC thanks the many members who were a part of this taskforce and devoted many hours to develop a sustainable model.

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