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News Archive | 2017

Canada’s Best Managed Companies is a prestigious business awards program that recognizes excellence in private Canadian-owned companies. Each year, hundreds of entrepreneurial companies undergo a rigorous application process. Several tourism and hospitality businesses based in BC have were listed this year.
Now in its 12th year, BC's Top Employers is an annual competition organized by the editors of Canada's Top 100 Employers. This special designation recognizes the British Columbia employers that lead their industries in offering exceptional places to work.
Anyone charged with staying on top of OHS Regulations can attest to the truth in that. The latest round of changes, set to go into effect on April 3, 2017, will have a direct impact on the way joint health and safety committees operate. Designed to improve the way joint committees function, they give committees and health and safety representatives (H&S reps) increased responsibility and higher accountability. Here’s how the changes could affect your workplace.
Lower Mainland employers can receive up to $6400 in wage subsidy reimbursements for the first 16 weeks on the job when they hire eligible Career Focus participants for full-time positions. Career Focus is a federal youth program designed to launch new grads into their careers by giving employers a financial incentive to onboard a candidate with educational requirements but limited work experience. Already interviewing? Candidates you may be considering could be eligible for the funding.
In January 2017, the unemployment rate[1] in the tourism sector was at 6.1%, which is the same rate reported in January 2016, and lower than the previous month (December 2016) when the unemployment rate stood at 6.2%. Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – January 2016/2017
Effective Sept. 15, 2017, the BC government will increase the minimum wage by 50 cents to $11.35 an hour in accordance with a commitment made in May of 2016. The new rate includes a 20-cent increase based on the BC 2016 Consumer Price Index (CPI), plus an additional 30 cents. There will also be an identical increase of 50 cents per hour to the liquor server minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.
Vancouver, BC – Landsea Tours & Adventures has won the coveted 2017 Employees First Award, while Yolanta Malkovska from 8th Generation Vineyard took home the Customer Service Award, presented last evening at the BC Tourism Industry Awards Gala in Victoria. Both awards are sponsored by go2HR, BC’s tourism human resource association, as part of the 2017 Tourism Industry Awards hosted by Destination British Columbia. The Employees First Award
Sea To Sky Air: Premier's People's Choice Central Kitchen - Bar: Best Employer Rainbow's Roost: Best Community Impact Rocky Point Ice Cream: Best Company Jan. 23, 2017 Update: The Small Business BC Awards has named their top 5 finalists in each category, and we are pleased to announce that the following tourism and hospitality small businesses were listed:
Victoria, BC - The team from Royal Roads University’s Bachelor of International Hotel Management Program was announced as the winner of this year’s provincial Winning Pitch competition with their “Connect to Adventure” business plan at the BC Tourism Industry Conference today.
The 1st Annual Tourism Kamloops Hospitality Awards presented by the Kamloops Blazers were a huge success, and go2HR is proud to have been a part of this incredible initiative by sponsoring the Attraction Services Leader category!

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