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This special designation recognizes the employers that offer the best workplaces and opportunities for young people. They are evaluated by the programs they have to attract and retain young workers, such as tuition assistance benefits and availability of co-op or work-study programs. BC’s Tourism & Hospitality Industry Winners of Canada’s Top Employers for Young People 2017 are listed below. Click on each winner to see how they scored and why they are being recognized.
go2HR shared the news of proposed regulatory changes impacting both small and large tourism employers back in the fall.  Recently WorkSafeBC’s Board of Directors has approved the addition of the following new sections to the Occupational Health and Safety Regulation effective April 3, 2017:
Exposure to some types of hazardous products can result in health problems for workers. The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) provides employers with health and safety information about hazardous products in the workplace. WHMIS first came into effect in 1988 across Canada and was updated in 2015 to reflect a new set of rules called the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS). WorkSafeBC has introduced a new toolbox of meeting guides for employers to use in their safety meetings, including:
Canada Summer Jobs provides funding to help employers create summer job opportunities for young people aged 15 to 30 years, who are full-time students intending to return to their studies in the next school year. Not-for-profit organizations, public-sector employers and small businesses with 50 or fewer employees are eligible to apply for funding.
In November 2016, the unemployment rate[1] in the tourism sector was at 5.8%, which is 0.5% lower than the rate reported in November 2015, but higher than the previous month (October 2016) when the unemployment rate stood at 5.3%. Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – November 2015/2016
The federal Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, and Ministry of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour announced changes to the Temporary Foreign Worker Program on Dec. 13, 2016. One major change will be that the four-year cumulative duration rule will no longer apply, effective immediately. Currently, this rule makes temporary foreign workers ineligible to work for four years after their initial four in Canada. The Government will also continue to develop pathways for temporary foreign workers to gain access to permanent residency.
For the 14th Annual Small Business BC Awards, the public nominated and voted for their favourite small businesses in the last two months. This year, 699 nominations were received from 72 communities across the province. We wish the following tourism and hospitality semi-finalists the best of luck:
go2HR is pleased to sponsor the 2017 Employees First Award. This award recognizes a British Columbia tourism and hospitality industry employer who has upheld high standards of excellence in human resources and people management practices. The Employees First Award winner and finalists will be recognized at the gala dinner during the 2017 Tourism Industry Conference on Thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Victoria Conference Centre.
Kootenay Rockies Tourism, in partnership with go2HR, the College of the Rockies, and Selkirk College, invites you to join us at two career fairs in March 2017. New this year will be an exclusive “Tourism & Hospitality” section, with a cohesive décor highlighting the region’s prime employers. Join us by exhibiting your business in this section, where you can meet and interview local, skilled up-and-comers on site, and hire them for your upcoming summer season or for the long term.
That’s why the B.C. government, police and ICBC are urging drivers to plan ahead and make smart decisions to get home safely this holiday season. Starting today, CounterAttack roadchecks will be set up by police across the province to keep impaired drivers off our roads throughout December. ICBC is helping to prevent impaired driving this December with an education campaign, funding for CounterAttack roadchecks and get home safe promotion with businesses, sports facilities and community groups.

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