With collaborative leadership from the Task Force and the Tourism Industry Association of BC (TIABC), the Government Relations Working Group acts as an advocate for Task Force members, ensuring the point of view from our urban tourism and hospitality sector is fully considered in government decision-making.

The team has been instrumental in keeping the Task Force connected to contacts within Ministries guiding the Canadian and provincial response to the pandemic, especially as responses relate to restrictions on the local, national and international movement of people, products and services. In all cases, focus has been on how these restrictions impact businesses in our sector.

Assessing efficacy of the evolving range of federal and provincial supports and programs, the working group team has also crafted multiple submissions to government, providing feedback regarding the extent to which these measures have – or have not – met the needs of industries which make up Metro Vancouver’s formerly vibrant visitor economy.

WORKING GROUP MEMBERS

OUTPUTS

TIABC – Chair
BC Aviation Council
BC Gaming Association
BluePrint & Hospitality Vancouver Association
British Columbia Hotel Association
Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden
Hotel Association of Vancouver
KPMG
Marriott International
Parq Vancouver
Restaurants Canada
Tourism Vancouver
Translink
YVR

CEWS, RRRF and CECRA

Public Health Order on Pubs, Bars, Restaurants

Motion B.4 – Extending Pop-Up Patios This Fall and Winter and Making Pop-Up Patios a Part of Every Summer in Vancouver

Letter to Minister Joly, Re: CEWS Program, Aug 6, 2020

Submission to WorkSafeBC Consultation re: Designating COVID-19 a “Workplace Illness” – June 12, 2020

Responding to COVID-19:
A Plan to Survive and Thrive – June, 2020

Letter to Minister Dix, Minster Beare, Minister Mungall – May 7, 2020

Letter to Minister Beare – April 14, 2020

Letter to Minister Joly – April 14, 2020

GOALS AND OBJECTIVES:

  • Coordinate with members of the Task Force to determine needs and potential impacts of proposed government programs and supports, including sector by sector needs, as appropriate;
  • Liaise with representatives of the Governments of British Columbia and Canada to provide requested information that reflects the impacts of the pandemic on the industry;
  • Represent the needs and requests of the industry to the Governments of British Columbia and Canada;
  • Provide data generated by the Metro Vancouver Task Force to governments where this contributes to support and will have the greatest impact;
  • Provide feedback to governments on whether specific initiatives are having impact and/or achieving the intended outcome;
  • Identify opportunities for innovation and collaboration to support governments’ response and recovery efforts, as appropriate;
  • Coordinate with other Working Groups and Task Force Chairs to ensure needs are met; and
  • Liaise with provincial and national groups to ensure consistent input and feedback is presented to all levels of government.

TACTICS:

  • Provide regular updates about government announcements and updates that affect the Metro Vancouver tourism and hospitality industry;
  • Develop briefing note for Governments of British Columbia and Canada to outline needs and requests of the industry;
  • Determine timeline for establishment of B.C. recovery task force and ensure Metro Vancouver tourism and hospitality industry is represented on the task force;
  • Determine opportunities to liaise directly with Government of Canada regarding potential mechanisms to support economic recovery in the industry; and
  • Support Task Force representatives in work on the B.C. government recovery task force, as well as ongoing government relations work.

WORKING GROUPS