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May 12, 2021

Tourism Vancouver
Tourism Vancouver
  • The B.C. provincial government announced this week a new COVID-19 paid sick leave program. This program will give both full-time and part-time workers in the province up to three days of paid sick leave if they have to miss work due to COVID-19. WorkSafeBC will begin administering the reimbursements on the government's behalf in June.

  • Frontline hospitality workers in the Vancouver Coastal Health region are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Communities in Vancouver Coastal Health include: Whistler, Squamish, Vancouver, North Vancouver, West Vancouver, and Richmond. Find a full list here.

    For more information on how to book, please click

Book using the button below with access code: 30007253663

  • Frontline hotel workers in the Fraser Health region are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Please note this is only for staff working in the hotel industry, who have not already received their first vaccination. Communities in Fraser Health include: Burnaby, Coquitlam, and Surrey. Find a full list here.

    For more information on how to book, please click

Book using the button below with access code: 20008107336

Book Here

The registration site is intended only for identified frontline workers. By choosing to register through this service, you are acknowledging that you have received this code from your employer. The link and code are not transferrable. If the code is misused, it will be cancelled and the ability to continue with the vaccination through this program may be compromised. Anyone booking an appointment who is not an eligible member of this priority group will be turned away at the clinic.

BC Meetings & Events Restart Proposal Follow-up

As a follow up to the BC Meetings & Events Industry Safe Restart Plan Proposal that was submitted to the provincial government the first week of March 2021, we have reached out to our Tourism Minister Melanie Mark to encourage a formal response to our proposal. A copy of this letter can be found on the BC Meetings & Events Industry Working Group’s website at  BC Meetings & Events or you can direct download here.

If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to contact Dave Gazley,, 604.868.7442


Invitation to Join Building Benchmark BC (Year 2)

Tourism Vancouver facilities have been invited to join hundreds of large buildings across BC in an exciting pilot project that is helping property managers to adapt to a changing energy and climate policy landscape.   

The voluntary Building Benchmark BC pilot is helping its participants better understand the performance of their building portfolios.

Building energy bench-marking is the process of collecting and monitoring energy and greenhouse gas emissions data from a large number of buildings over time, allowing owners, managers, occupants, and governments to compare similar properties, and identify areas for performance improvement.  

Building Benchmark BC is helping participating local governments and private sector property managers to reduce their energy and emissions, boost industry capacity, and demonstrate leadership.

There is no cost to participate and member receive access to: 

  • Through an annual benchmark scorecard, competitive insight and direction level insights on energy and carbon performance improvements
  • Technical support in setting up or utilizing ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, including utility integration to make energy reporting more seamless
  • Industry and public recognition  
  • Opportunities to influence policy

If you would like to hear more and register, please visit and fill out the three minute form as soon as possible (first data submission date is May 31st, 2021).  

Further information - including timelines for the current data collection process - can be found in this pamphlet link.


Ocean Wise Announces New Plastic Reduction Program to Support Canadian Restaurants

With more than 11 million tons of plastic litter entering the ocean annually, internationally recognized non-profit conservation organization Ocean Wise is recruiting Canada’s restaurant and foodservice industry to help tackle this growing environmental crisis. Ocean Wise’s innovative new Plastic Reduction Program will support food businesses in reducing unnecessary plastic waste, thereby protecting the ocean and aquatic life. 

Upon joining the program, complimentary in its first year thanks to generous funding from Environment and Climate Change Canada, Vancity and Vivreau, restaurant partner representatives will have a one-on-one onboarding session with the Ocean Wise Plastic Reduction Program team and complete a survey to measure current plastic use and identify opportunities to reduce, replace, refuse, re-use, or better recycle harmful and unnecessary plastics.

Within the first year of joining, participating businesses will be supported in eliminating single-use plastic bags, foamed plastic, plastic straws (except to meet accessibility requirements) and single-use food ware for onsite dining, if they haven’t already. The program will support partners in complying with the Government of Canada’s proposed ban on single-use plastics, as well as any future regulatory changes. Businesses will also be supported in setting their own plastic reduction targets and reporting their progress annually. For more information or to register, contact or visit


Tourism Vancouver seeking Social Media Specialist

Tourism Vancouver is delighted to be seeking a Social Media Specialist to join the Destination Promotion team!  This is a regular full-time position.

The successful individual will have extensive knowledge of social media and have very strong demonstrated ability to create, curate and post written and visual content for Tourism Vancouver social media channels and audiences including leisure and business travellers, travel trade, meetings and associations, and corporate stakeholders.  As well, exceptional communication skills and a commitment to our members, our team, our culture and our values are essential. This new Team Member will be passionate about Vancouver!

Tourism Vancouver is committed to providing a diverse, equitable and inclusive work environment.

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Reimagine Fun at the Vancouver International Children’s Festival

The Vancouver International Children’s Festival announces an extraordinary online line-up of world-class theatre, music, dance and storytelling created specifically for children and youth.

7 Things to Do at Capilano River Regional Park

Located at the head of the Capilano River Canyon, Capilano River Regional Park straddles the boundary between North and West Vancouver. The park is home to giant trees, hiking trails, a deep river canyon, and an impressive dam. To help you plan your trip, here are the best things to do at Capilano River Regional Park.

Coastal Jazz & Blues Society Announces Dates for Virtual 2021 Festival Plus Ticketed Program

The TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Vancouver’s signature Festival, celebrates its 35th edition this summer, from Friday, June 25 to Sunday, July 4, with over 100 streamed concerts.

From Eggs Benny to Afternoon Tea: Food for Celebrating Mom in Vancouver

Especially this year, Moms deserve an additional round of applause for the amazing support and love they provide their families.

Meetings & Conventions – Generating Business in Today's World

MPI CAC 2021 Spring Education Program: Redefining Dining: Food & Beverage Service Post COVID-19
May 13 | 11:30am - 1:00pm CST | Virtual

Join MPI CAC for an engaging panel exchange on the immediate future of the food and beverage industry as we look forward to meeting and traveling in the coming months. The discussion will feature topics such as new considerations when planning F&B for meetings and the effect of these changes on service and culinary teams. Stay after the panel discussion for networking with your peers! Lacy Hawley will be attending on behalf of Tourism Vancouver.

Industry Events

Rendez-vous Canada+
May 17-20 | Virtual

Rendez-vous Canada (RVC) is Canada’s signature international tourism marketplace where the international travel trade connect with Canada’s tourism industry partners. Qualified travel buyers come together to meet with Canadian tourism professionals to gain the product and information they need to market and sell Canada with confidence.  RVC is a significant event for the Canadian tourism sector—providing critical connections to international sellers that will support the recovery and resilience of the tourism sector in the months and years ahead. Karen Soyka, Krista Alcazar and Lucas Pavan will be attending on behalf of Tourism Vancouver.

Vancouver Board of Trade

Diversity & Inclusion Influencer Certification
July 8, 15, 22, 29, August 5 | Virtual

The VBOT's Diversity & Inclusion Leadership Council is offering Level 2.0 of their CCDI Foundations Certificate - Diversity & Inclusion Training. To receive the certification, you must first have completed Level 1.0 and must attend all five sessions of Level 2.0 which include Gender in the Workplace, LGBTQ2+ Inclusion, Indigenous Inclusion, Including Persons with Disabilities, and Race & Ethnicity in Canada. Bundle pricing is available if you attend all sessions, and if you prefer to forgo the certification, you can attend the sessions that are of interest to you.

Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association

State of Downtown 2020
May 13 | 11:00AM | Virtual

The Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association invites you to attend the State of Downtown 2020 virtual video premiere at 11:00 AM PST on Thursday, May 13th, 2021. The video features commentary from business owners and experts about their response to the pandemic and how downtown Vancouver was impacted by COVID-19. 

The written report, also to be released on May 13, examines how the pandemic impacted street-level businesses, development, and the urban experience. In addition, the State of Downtown report illustrates how various levels of government responded to COVID-19.

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