The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) is a registered charity that raises funds to provide assistance to hospitality industry workers in financial crisis due to an extraordinary health condition.  We have, for example, given grants to individuals following kidney transplants, life-changing accidents, and terminal cancer diagnoses.  In addition, we offer a scholarship program to foster the development of the next generation of hospitality industry leaders.

Partner websites

ABLE, BC CRAFT BREWERS, BCHA, BCRFA, VICTORIA TOURISM, HOTEL ASSOCIATION OF GREATER VICTORIA, HOTEL ASSOCIATION OF VANCOUVER, IVSA, OWFS, RESTAURANTS CANADA, TOTA, VANCOUVER TOURISM, WINES OF BC

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The federal government is encouraging eligible businesses to use a new online calculator to calculate their Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy amount. The CRA added that businesses which go through the process of using the calculator will be able to print out the information the calculator collects, and that printout will help speed businesses through the online Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy application. 

Canada COVID-19 App

Thrive Health, a B.C. based company, has launched a new app in partnership with the federal government. The free app provides information of COVID-19 how it spreads, prevention procedures, symptoms and the most up to date recommendations. You can download it on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

Checking for symptoms

If you or someone you know is experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms, call the provincial health information hotline at 8-1-1, or contact the B.C Centre for Disease Control at 1-833-784-4397.

You can also direct them to the provincial government’s HealthLinkBC page which has steps to conduct an initial self-diagnosis: https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/health-topics/hwsxchk.

Non-medical information about COVID-19 is available at 1-888-COVID-19, or texts can be directed to 604-630-0300.

Upcoming Webinars

WorkSafeBC Health & Safety Guidelines – Presented by BC Regional Tourism Secretariat

  • In advance of WorkSafeBC’s development of health and safety guidelines specific to tourism (expected in June), Chris Back, Director of OHS Consultation & Education Services, will provide an overview of what employers and employees should consider as you develop your plans for re-opening and a return to work.
  • Friday, May 22, 2020 at 1:00PM
  • Register here

Tourism Digital Resources A digital resource hub

Featuring webinars, information bulletins, and additional resources specific to the needs of BC’s tourism businesses.

WEBINAR SERIES – Supporting BC’s Tourism Industry on The Road to Recovery 
Response, Recovery, and Resilience from COVID-19

All sessions will be held at 2:00 p.m. Register for the following free sessions:

  • May 26: Using Social Media to Support Re-opening. Register
  • May 27: Rapid Digital Enablement with Deloitte. Register
  • May 28: Building a Digital Marketing Strategy for Re-opening. Register

For more information, visit DBC’s Learning Centre

Past webinars

Mental Health support

https://www.healthlinkbc.ca/mental-health-substance-use/resources

The Lifeline Canada Foundation RESOURCES PAGE

Mind the Bara non-profit based in Vancouver and a mental health resource, support system, and community hub designed for the hospitality industry.
Mind the Bar is helping hospitality workers get fast-tracked for access to any mental health professional within the LifeWorks app. Counselling sessions on the app generally cost $125 – but this is currently completely free for hospitality workers. The app also offers a number of mental health resources. 
Hospitality workers have to apply for a free Mind the Bar membership here. They should be approved within 24 hours and will then be granted access to the LifeWorks app.

WIRTH Hatsa Vancouver-based hat company supporting mental health initiatives. WIRTH Hats is offering free counselling to anyone in need this month. Their website also has a comprehensive list of mental health resources, including low-cost counselling options in BC.

Canadian Hospitality Worker Relief Fund

Some of Canada’s top chefs have launched the Canadian Hospitality Worker Relief Fund: a program to support restaurant and hospitality workers financially impacted by COVID-19.

Applications for the fund open today, giving hospitality workers the opportunity to apply for a $500 grant. 

These one-time grants will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible individuals who work in the restaurant and hospitality industry, including delivery people, who have been adversely impacted by the pandemic financially through a decrease in wages or loss of employment.

Learn more and apply here

EMPLOYMENT OFFERED

HELP WANTED

We’re hiring a delivery driver / Cheesemonger.

This is a full time job.

Visit www.buycheese.com for more information.

go2HR – Visit the job board

BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA) 

Has created a job matchmaker website – http://housingjobmatch.ca – designed to match British Columbians who have lost their jobs as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic with non-profit housing providers across the province who are in need of employees.

Please help us spread the word via social media or on your own networks. This initiative is especially relevant to British Columbians who previously worked in the hospitality sector, civic governments, and in other roles deemed ‘non-essential’ and may have therefore been laid-off or had their hours cut due to the pandemic.

It is important to note that this is not a job board, nor will BCNPHA, Vancity, or Catalyst be hiring these employees – it is a matchmaking service to connect out-of-work British Columbians with housing non-profits in need of their skill sets. The role of the website is to connect BC housing organizations looking for workers with British Columbians in need of work, and let them take it from there!

Temporary Staff needed

  • Buy-Low Foods; Nesters Market; AG Foods; Meinhardt Fine Foods
    Stores: Metro Vancouver, Clearwater, Gabriola, Grand Forks, Hope, Houston, Kelowna, Keremeos, Lillooet, Nanaimo, Oliver, Osoyoos, Port Alberni, Squamish, Summerland ,Whistler
    Email application/interest to: theresa_smith@nullbuy-low.com
    telephone (604) 888-7061 Ext. 233
  • Choices Markets & Canadian Choice Wholesale
    Stores: Abbotsford, Burnaby, Kelowna, South Surrey, Vancouver
    Commissary: Burnaby
    Warehouse: Delta
    Email application/interest to: scameron@nullchoicesmarkets.com
    telephone (604) 970-0022
  • Nature’s Fare Markets
    Stores: Kamloops; Kelowna; Langley; Penticton; Vernon; Westbank; White Rock
    Commissary: Vernon
    Email application/interest to: Careers@nullnaturesfare.com
    telephone (250) 542-5910 Ext. 1600
  • Thrifty Foods + Safeway
    Any candidate is welcome to visit one of our 67 Thrifty Foods or Safeway locations throughout the province, and our Customer Service Desk representative would be happy to assist them in their applicant and/or on-boarding.
  • Alternatively, candidates are able to search job and apply online using our Sobeys Careers site: https://jobs.sobeyscareers.com/

Effective immediately, go2HR is allowing healthcare employers to post their job openings on the go2HR Job Board for free. The goal is to provide a tool for displaced tourism and hospitality employees to find temporary work, to ensure their livelihood is not disrupted.

Wine job website

www.winejobscanada.com

Public Health Agency of Canada Website

Updates from the Government of British Columbia

Public Health information

BC FERRIES

In line with directions provided by the Public Health Agency of Canada and other leading health authorities, BC Ferries is advising customers to avoid non-essential travel at this time.

VIRTUAL MUSEUMS

Google Arts & Culture

Click on the bird and listen from Museu del Ter (Catalunya)

Working Moms

https://www.m2mcharity.ca/

K-12 support links

  • KEEP LEARNING – British Columbia Education page
  • Safe and Healthy Schools WEBSITE INFO
  • Mental Health – Foundry offers young people ages 12-24 health and wellness resources, services and supports – online and through integrated service centres in communities across BC.

Articles

COVID19 is not the Flu

Globe and Mail article, on pandemic anxiety:

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/canada/article-tips-for-managing-anxiety-during-the-covid-19-pandemic/

Article in The Province

Serious Eats link
https://www.seriouseats.com/2020/03/food-safety-and-coronavirus-a-comprehensive-guide.html

BBC Article

Coronavirus: Here’s how you can stop bad information from going viral – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-trending-51967889

Simple and effective video for explaining Covid19 to all ages

Canada Emergency Response Benefit – CERB

More information on how to apply is now available on Canada.ca/coronavirus-cerb

People who have already applied for EI do not have to reapply for CERB.

Those receiving the wage subsidy cannot qualify for the CERB.

Online Employment information

Federal Government Wage Subsidy – New Details

  • A new portal will be created on the Canada Revenue Agency’s website in the coming weeks for applications to the subsidy program.
  • Funds from this program will be made available in approximately 6 weeks.
  • Government is also offering a separate 10 per cent wage for businesses of up to 18 employees that cannot prove 30 per cent in loss of revenue but have still been affected by COVID-19.


go2HR
 is pleased to offer a solution to help your staff find temporary employment during this trying time.

Effective immediately, go2HR is allowing healthcare employers to post their job openings on the go2HR Job Board for free. The goal is to provide a tool for displaced tourism and hospitality employees to find temporary work, to ensure their livelihood is not disrupted.

WorkSafeBC: What employers should do to help prevent the spread of COVID-19

Destination Greater Victoria

The Victoria Chamber of Commerce is refocusing their Jobs Board to help connect current employment opportunities with workers affected by businesses that have closed in response to the shutdown of travel and the need for social distancing as mandated by government in response to the COVID-19 crisis. To access the Job Board as an employer in need of employees or as a worker able to fill a need, go to VictoriaChamber.ca/jobs. At this time, employers are able to post at no charge by using the code SUPPORTYYJ.

Recently, a group of 70+ tech and marketing volunteers came together to offer pro-bono support for small businesses in Victoria. Their focus is getting retail businesses digitally transformed to retain revenue in the face of social distancing.YYJLocalsForLocals offers services that any small business in the area can request through the website located at yyjlocalsforlocals.com

Many dine-in restaurants are providing take-out food options during this time. View local restaurants providing take-out options

Helping initiatives

Vancouver Food and Beverage Community Relief Fund – You may be eligible to apply for funds. REVIEW HERE

Breaking Bread serves as a central online hub to share which restaurants across British Columbia and beyond are offering DELIVERY, TAKE-OUT, CURB-SIDE PICK-UP, MEAL PREP, GROCERY and MORE, as well as many other ways to show support. STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY, WASH YOUR HANDS, SUPPORT LOCAL.

Canada Takeout, a movement by Canadian restaurant owners, leaders and chefs, has declared every Wednesday to be “Takeout Day” and encourages Canadians to support local restaurants by ordering takeout or delivery, with a Canada-wide kick-off on April 15.

Noms Magazine is a Vancouver based online food and lifestyle publication.  In response to the coronavirus pandemic, they are creating a new information hub which will include a map of restaurants and cafes that are able to still operate. Businesses are encouraged to fill out a short form indicating operating hours and details on how Vancouverites can support your business like purchasing gift cards, take-out, or meal kits. To get your business registered for free, visit their website

Tourism Vancouver links

VIRTUAL TOWNHALL WITH ROYCE CHWIN, TOURISM VANCOUVER’S INCOMING PRESIDENT & CEO

If you weren’t able to join us this afternoon for our online townhall introducing Tourism Vancouver’s new CEO, Royce Chwin, you can watch the recording here. Royce will be joining the Tourism Vancouver team on July 13th, 2020!

LOCALHOOD – REGISTER FOR EARLY ACCESS

Crowdrift is launching Localhood, a global community of destinations, small businesses, and their local champions. Localhood will make it easy to discover and support local restaurants, attractions and experiences in different destinations. This new digital platform will be a place where locals and creators can share their experiences supporting these businesses. Sign up for early access as they roll out new features every week and be the first to know when they launch.

#VirtuallyVancouver Campaign

Tourism Vancouver have created #VirtuallyVancouver to bring travel-worthy experiences from our destination to wherever our readers and future visitors may be. They have published a blog post of current online member offerings and will continue to add to the list. They will also be sharing through all of their social channels!  If your organization is doing something uniquely Vancouver digitally, please send details to Darren Johner at djohner@nulltourismvancouver.com and Chelsea Webster at cwebster@nulltourismvancouver.com

New member page

on www.tourismvancouver.com that will have the latest member advisory and other relevant information that we have sent in past updates, all housed here. 

Specific COVID-19 information and response from Tourism Vancouver

Member Resources

Missed an update? Visit our website for the latest member advisory, business continuity resources, and other relevant information that we have shared in past updates. Bookmark the page here.

Information summary for businesses

The federal government and Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) have partnered to develop liquidity options for affected industries. BDC is offering:

Facebook Small Business Grants Program: Facebook is offering $100 million in cash grants and ad credits for up to 30,000 eligible small businesses in over 30 countries where they operate. They will begin taking applications in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you can sign up to receive more information when it becomes available.

Western Economic Diversification Canada: https://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/20051.asphttps://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/icgc.nsf/eng/h_07662.html

Canada’s COVID-19 Response Fund: https://pm.gc.ca/en/news/news-releases/2020/03/11/prime-minister-outlines-canadas-covid-19-response

BDC (Business Development Bank of Canada) Support for Entrepreneurs: https://www.bdc.ca/en/pages/special-support.aspx?special-initiative=covid19

Small Business BC list of resources: https://smallbusinessbc.ca/article/resources-for-small-businesses-affected-by-coronavirus-covid-19/

BC Economic Development Association resources: https://bceda.ca/coronavirus.php

Canadian Chamber of Commerce Pandemic Preparedness for Business: http://www.chamber.ca/resources/pandemic-preparedness/

Greater Vancouver Board of Trade: Business Preparedness Checklist COVID-19

Vancouver Economic Commission programs and COVID-19 resources:  https://www.vancouvereconomic.com/about/

Help with Utilities

BC Hydro

Residential customers who have lost jobs or had wages reduced as a result of COVID-19 will receive a credit worth three times their average monthly bill over the past year. It will not have to be repaid.

Small businesses forced to close as a result of COVID-19 will have their April to June 2020 bills forgiven.

Customers facing temporary financial hardship and possible disconnection of their service due to job loss, illness, or loss of a family member may also be eligible for BC Hydro’s Customer Crisis Fund, which provides access to grants of up to $600 to pay their bills. MORE DETAILS

Shaw 

Shaw has opened up access to Shaw Go WiFi, Canada’s largest WiFi network, to everyone, whether or not you are a customer.

Telus 

Until the end of April the following changes will apply:

  • Waiving home internet overage charges for customers who are not on unlimited data plans
  • Waiving all Easy Roam® and pay-per-use roaming charges for postpaid Mobility customers that are stranded outside North America* and are unable to return to Canada

*Note: North America includes all Caribbean and Central American countries

Additionally, Telus says they will support their customers facing financial challenges because of COVID-19 by providing them with flexible payment options.

Telus also promotes Babylon by TELUS Health, a free app that allows you to receive virtual healthcare from your phone, without leaving the house. 

Rogers 

As of 3/15/20, Roger’s COVID-19 response is focused on employee health and safety and maintaining connectivity.

Fido

From March 16 to June 14, we will ensure accounts will not be suspended or disconnected for customers experiencing financial difficulties. Additionally, we will support customers facing financial uncertainty due to COVID-19 with more flexible payment options.

Fortis BC 

On the front page of their website (3/15/20), Fortis BC states that they realize that COVID-19 may have financial impacts to their customers and they “encourage you to reach out and let us know if you are having difficulty with your bill so we can help find a solution.” No contact information given, find their contact information here.

Best wishes to all during this difficult period.