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On August 4, 2015, several provisions of Bill 9, the Workers Compensation Amendment Act, 2015, were brought into force by Order-in-Council. The goal of the changes is to improve workplace health and safety and strengthen the tools that WorkSafeBC uses to enforce the Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation.
Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries. Global tourism receipts were worth $1.245 billion US in 2014.
VICTORIA, August 10, 2015 -- Serving alcohol at events isn’t always fun – it can actually get quite challenging – which is why government is ensuring that event servers have specific training to deal with tough liquor service scenarios. A new Special Event Server training program (SES) is now available at www.specialeventserver.com for licence holders, managers and servers – paid or volunteer – at all special occasion licensed events with less than 500 guests.
The changes apply to WHMIS hazard classes and categories, pictograms and labels, and safety data sheets. Roles and responsibilities stay the same. WHMIS 2015 reflects the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) and brings Canada’s system into alignment with the U.S. and other trade partners. Transition to WHMIS 2015 will take place over several years. There are different implementation periods for employers and suppliers (manufacturers, importers, and distributors).
In June 2015, the unemployment rate in the tourism sector was 5.5%, which was 0.4% lower than the rate reported in 2014 (5.1%), but still lower than the total labour force unemployment rate (6.5%) reported for June 2015. Overall, employment in the Canadian tourism sector increased during the month with all but one province showing increases in their respective tourism employment rates.
Vancouver, BC, July 9, 2015 - Destination BC and the Tourism Industry Association of BC are pleased to open the call for nominations for the 2015 BC Tourism Industry Awards.
Victoria, BC, July 2, 2015 - The redesigned Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) is accepting applications again effective July 2, 2015. The PNP has reopened after a 90-day pause that allowed the PNP to be redesigned so the Province could maximize the impact of its allocation of 5,500 nominees from the federal government for 2015. The redesign shifts the program’s focus to high-impact workers and entrepreneurs that bring the PNP into closer alignment with B.C.'s labour market and economic development priorities. 
Vancouver - Representatives from the tourism sector met with the federal and provincial government today to discuss skilled labour initiatives and human resource planning, as part of a series of roundtables being held over coming months with all sectors highlighted in the BC Jobs Plan.
In May 2015, the unemployment rate in the tourism sector was 6.3%, which was 0.2% higher than the rate reported in 2014 (6.1%), but still lower than the total labour force unemployment rate (7.1%) reported for May 2015. Overall, employment in the Canadian tourism sector increased during the month with all but two provinces showing increases in their respective employment rates.
(Vancouver, BC, June 30, 2015) - The British Columbia Restaurant and Foodservices Association (BCRFA) is excited to announce the BC Restaurant Hall of Fame 2015 Inductees. "We are thrilled to once again be inducting some incredible people in our industry,” comments Heidi Romich, Chair BC Restaurant Hall of Fame. “We had a record of 52 nominees this year making a difficult decision for our more than 80 judges to determine this years recipients.”

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