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Thank you for attending our Virtual Town Hall on Thursday, April 2, 2020. In our program, we were fortunate to include Certified Executive and Business Coach, Beth Fisher, CPA, CEC. To access the webinar content, please access the documents as linked below.

Download the Presentation Slides PDF Chatbox Questions & Answers PDF Critical Decisions Checklist...
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Thank you for attending our Virtual Town Hall on Thursday, March 26, 2020. In our program, we were grateful to include some expert voices including Gina Softly, Director of Human Resources, Vitalus Nutrition, along with Fasken's Chris Beneteau and Lorene A. Novakowski. To access the webinar content, please download the documents as linked below.

Download the Presentation Slides PDF

Video on Demand: LINK...

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To our valued members,

Several of our processor members have expressed that they are seeking to add employees at this time and conversely others have employees who are looking for work due to work shortages and layoffs.

Due to the rapidly evolving needs of the Food and Beverage sector, we would like to extend/remind our members of the Marketplace portion of our website is available for you to post current employment opportunities. Please forward job postings to Sandra Lee at Sandra@bcfb.ca

In an effort to fill those positions we...

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CV19: Leading Your Organization Through These Challenging Times

What Critical Decisions Do You Need to Make Now?

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM on Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Meeting link: https://my.demio.com/ref/oMh8uixlfGM57iHv

Join us for a Virtual Town Hall on Thursday, April 2nd from 11:00AM-12:15PM to...

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STAFF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT – HR & OHS

Preventing exposure to COVID-19 in the workplace: A guide for employers PDF

Published March 30, 2020, Sourced from Worksafe BC website

Orders from the provincial health officer (PHO) and guidance to employers and businesses provided by them BC Centre of...

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FINANCIAL AID

Earlier this week, the federal government...

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FOOD INDUSTRY CV19 NEWS UPDATE

In an effort to clear up confusion on Provincial Health Officer Orders, the Ministry of Health has created a COVID-...

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STAFF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT – HR & OHS

General – mental health

Government of BC

Managing COVID-19 Stress, Anxiety and Depression.

https://www2.gov.bc.ca/assets/gov/health-safety/covid19_stressmanagement_5_accessible.pdf

Resilience Booster

The Canadian Mental Health Association has produced this advice on boosting mental resilience during the COVID-19 outbreak.

...

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STAFF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT – HR & OHS

Temporary Foreign Worker (TFW) Guidance for Employers (PDF)

As of last Thursday, March 26, all TFWs are now able to travel to Canada by air or land. TFWs are now exempt from the air travel restrictions announced on March 16, 2020, as well as border restrictions.

Over the weekend ESDC released the attached guidance for employers. Please review the attached carefully and note...

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FINANCIAL AID

As announced earlier today by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, BDC, Canada’s bank for entrepreneurs, and Export Development Canada (EDC), Canada’s export credit agency, will launch the new Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Loan and Guarantee program that will enable up to $40 billion in additional lending.

The program will operate as follows:

- Small and medium-sized businesses can get support through a new Co-Lending Program that will bring the BDC together with financial institutions to co-lend term loans to these businesses for their operational cash...

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STAFF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT – HR & OHS

We’re all in this together! All BC Distillers can now start making hand sanitizer as of Sunday’s (March 22nd) provincial government announcement. This is a difficult time and Summit Labels wants to help, so they are covering the entire cost of 1000 hand sanitizer labels for any company making and donating hand sanitizer in BC.

“The past several weeks have been nothing short of breathtaking in how quickly life has changed for all of us. This is an unprecedented time for BC and flattening the curve requires our collective effort. We...

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Public Service Announcement – March 27, 2020

Essential Services Declaration for food industry

will maintain BC’s food supply chain.

Vancouver – B.C. Food & Beverage (BCFB) applauds the announcement by the BC government designating the food and beverage manufacturing sector as an essential service, which will offer more protection to secure the food supply in BC.

The announcement by the province comes after advocacy efforts made by BCFB and other industry groups, representing food, beverage and natural health...

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Sanitizers and Disinfectants:

We have put in a request to Health Canada for the list of NEW manufacturers approved for sanitation products (e.g. distilleries). In the meantime, the full list is here.

Disinfectants: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/drugs-health-products/disinfectants/covid-19/list.html

Sanitizers:...

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STAFF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT – HR & OHS

March 2020 HR Question PDF

Question: One of our peers are wondering: how is your company handling or addressing requests from employees to stay home – not because they are sick/under quarantine or have childcare issues, but because there is pressure from outside influences – family, friends, social media, to stay home?

This company is considered an Essential Services, with staff unable to work remotely or close...

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FINANCIAL AID

Money & benefits for employees and the self-employed LINK

Avoiding layoffs

Extending the Work-Sharing program Providing small business with wage subsidies

Access to credit

Establishing a Business Credit Availability Program

Support for farmers

Increasing credit available

Supporting financial stability

Launching an Insured Mortgage Purchase Program Bank of Canada actions Lowering the Domestic Stability Buffer

More...

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SUPPLY CHAIN SUPPORT - EMERGENCY SUPPLIES

There is a need to help Canada fight against COVID-19. This is an official request from Procurement Canada and it is circulated on LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media.

Calling All Suppliers - Help Canada Combat COVID-19

ACTION:

Government of Canada is seeking information from suppliers on their ability to provide products and services in support of Canada’s response to COVID-19

BACKGROUND:

Products:

Disposable N95 masks Disposable Surgical masks Nitrile gloves Vinyl gloves Gowns Bottles...
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FOOD INDUSTRY CV19 NEWS UPDATE

SITE LICENSING FOR HAND SANITIZERS ( Download .Word)

Dear Stakeholder,

Given the unprecedented demand for hand sanitizers in Canada, industries that do not normally produce health products (e.g. distilleries, energy sector) have expressed an interest in using their ingredients and/or facilities for the production of alcohol-based hand sanitizers. To help with this shift, Health Canada is developing guidance and tools to help businesses navigate the application process to obtain the required...

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FINANCIAL AID

In short, FCC (Farm Credit Canada) announced the availability of payment deferrals to existing customers (producers, agribusiness, agri-food processors) should they need it to assist with cash flow. We are also introducing a credit line offer of up to $500K, GSA secured, no fees, solid rate (not interest-free) to assist producers with cash flow so we can get the 2020 crop planted and to agribusiness and food processors that are experiencing cash flow challenges due to sales disruptions or cash only terms on inputs required for their processing needs.

FCC ask...

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FOOD INDUSTRY CV19 NEWS UPDATE

As you may know, beginning this week Attorney General David Eby has announced the provincial government would give temporary authorization to distilleries to begin producing hand sanitizer for donation or sale.

If you would like to consider this option, please contact the staff at Natural and Non-Prescription Drugs Directorate (NNHPD) of Health Canada who can share relevant guidance and information on monographs, product and site licensing requirements for anyone manufacturing hand sanitizer to mitigate the shortage in Canada. They are also...

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STAFF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT – HR & OHS

Access the Recording - Aired March 19 at 3:30 p.m. by OHS Canada and Talent Canada

The spread of COVID-19 has reached unprecedented heights with the cancellation of major sports leagues and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau going into self-isolation after his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for coronavirus. Unnecessary travel and social gatherings are being restricted across Canada. As the virus advances, employers are staring down decisions on...

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FINANCIAL AID - Original Publication

The health and well-being of entrepreneurs, clients and non-clients as well as of our partners is our top priority. BDC stands ready to support companies through to a more stable period.

As announced by the Minister of Finance , BDC puts in place...

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FINANCIAL AID - Original publication

Under the federal government’s new Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP), Export Development Canada (EDC) and the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) can now provide more than $10 billion of additional financing to customers facing economic challenges caused by COVID-19.

The...

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Full publication

What is a business continuity plan? It is a plan that describes how an organization will continue to function during or after some kind of emergency, disaster or event. It involves planning how your key services or products can be continued, and the recovery of key business and systems. Please remember... each business and operation is unique – the topics listed in this document are some basic suggestions. You will need to create a specific plan that best suits...

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FOOD INDUSTRY CV19 NEWS UPDATE

Nielsen will be updating their page (from which this is sourced) regularly with the latest news and insights - View full article

As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) sweeps the world, consumers are being forced to dramatically change their purchase behaviours. Nielsen is tracking these changes and establishing clear navigation beacons for companies trying to understand the changes and plan for what comes next.

KEY...

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Full Publication

In turbulent times, how can boards, senior management and risk managers safeguard the business and discover opportunities amid a crisis?

Many businesses have contingency plans that were developed with an eye on disruptions to the microenvironment, such as power outages, the inability of staff to reach their workplace, and the unavailability of machinery.

However, such plans might not be adequate for the type of macro-...

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FINANCIAL AID - Full publication

Canada has announced new financial and tax measures in response to COVID-19. In addition to extending certain tax deadlines, Canada will provide a variety of financial measures for Canadian individuals and businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. In...

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FINANCIAL AID - Original Publication. Published March 18, 2020

We are in the midst of a pandemic, with information coming at us from every direction and governments around the globe having to react to changes in a fluid manner. In response to the extraordinary situation stemming from COVID- 19, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has stated “nothing is off the table” when it comes to implementing measures to assist Canadians in navigating this crisis.

Containing the virus remains the priority of everyone...

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FOOD INDUSTRY CV19 NEWS UPDATE - Download PDF

As our province and country responds to COVID 19, I want to assure B.C.’s farmers, ranchers, seafood sector and food processors that the B.C. government is here to support you throughout the outbreak and recovery periods. Clearly, in an emergency of this scope, the only way forward is for all British Columbians and Canadians to join forces and work together.

To that extent, the Ministry of Agriculture is part of a cross-...

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STAFF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT – HR & OHS

Should you have a confirmed case of a staff member:

Please contact BC-CDC at the following number: Non-medical information about COVID-19 is available 7:30 am-8 pm at 1-888-COVID19.

Please call 811 directly to get information on what to do if you have an employee confirmed positive for COVID 19.

GUIDELINES:

Ultimately the employer has the duty to prevent the risk of exposure and spread of the virus. The confirmed employee must seek medical attention and go to self-quarantine for the recommended time by the physician...

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Download PDF

The Surrey Board of Trade used, and adapted, this guide to develop a Business Continuity and Recovery Plan. Please contact the Surrey Board of Trade at info@businessinsurrey.com

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Download PDF

The Surrey Board of Trade used, and adapted, this guide to develop a Crisis Communications Plan to help business. Please contact the Surrey Board of Trade at info@businessinsurrey.com .

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The Prime Minister of Canada announced today a stimulus package of up to $82 billion to help mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on individuals and businesses in Canada. Trudeau was very clear that these measures are not exhaustive and more initiatives will follow.

The following support programs were mentioned in the Prime Minister’s address. Some of these initiatives may help alleviate the pressure associations...

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FOOD INDUSTRY CV19 NEWS UPDATE - Original Publication . Published 2020-03-17.

In recent days, the CFIA has received many requests from industry to have its inspectors and officials sign various documents, such as Visitor Request Forms and Covid-19 Screening Forms, before entering its facilities. Inspectors have also received requests from industry to follow specific directives before entering a place for inspection. As you are aware, CFIA officials are not present at establishments...

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FOOD INDUSTRY CV19 NEWS UPDATE

Click here: An update on cross border compliance

A message from The BC Trucking Association:

BCTA continues to monitor the COVID-19 situation very closely and remains in frequent contact with key government officials, including the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure, CBP, and CBSA.

FMCSA Declaration:

All government agencies continue to emphasis the importance of the movement of goods across the Canadian /...

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STAFF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT – HR & OHS

What type of insurance coverage is available for COVID19?

The questions center around a possible shutdown of a business due to quarantine or Government actions to prevent spread of the virus and whether or not there may be coverage available for lost profits, employee wages etc.

The short answer is no. An insurance policy on property insures property and not the health and wellbeing of persons.

What does business interruption insurance cover?

Business interruption loss, which insurers a business’s profits, is...

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STAFF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT – HR & OHS

From the EI website

The Work-Sharing program (waiting period waived) is implementing temporary special measures to support employers and employees affected by the downturn in business caused by COVID-19. The new temporary special measures are available to employers impacted directly or indirectly by COVID-19. The measures allows for eligible employers to retain skilled employees and workers to remain employed during the temporary downturn in business due to COVID-19....

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FOOD INDUSTRY CV19 NEWS UPDATE

Below is the latest update from Food and Beverage Canada, with whom BCFB is collaborating on federal advocacy.

Prime Minister Trudeau has announced new measures to address COVID-19

Canada will be closing the border to non-Canadians – Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be allowed in. For now, there will be exemptions for air crew, diplomats, immediate family members of Canadian citizens and US Citizens only. This WILL put a de facto ban on Temporary Foreign Workers coming into Canada – further details are below ! Airlines...
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STAFF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT – HR & OHS

As you are all aware, the ongoing situation around COVID19 continues to develop. We wanted to let you know that the company is closely monitoring the situation and following directions from Public Health Canada, Vancouver Coastal Health and CFIA. We are committed to keeping you safe and informed with the latest up to date guidance and developments.

In addition to our Good Manufacturing Practices for handling food products, we have implemented the following preventative measures including but not limited to:

Posted throughout the...
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FOOD INDUSTRY CV19 NEWS UPDATE

BC Food & Beverage Members,

The BC Chamber—in partnership with Small Business BC, Community Futures, and British Columbia Economic Development Association—is urgently seeking your input around current and contemplated impacts to businesses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your feedback will be sent directly to the provincial and federal governments to inform how they can help businesses mitigate the damage of this global market disruption, and recover.

SURVEY LINK:...

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STAFF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT – HR & OHS

Original Publication . Published March 15, 2020.

***Given the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, this statement will be updated as new developments occur and will be time and date stamped each time a change is made. Last update: Sunday, March 15, 2020, 3:30pm

These are extraordinary times. With the global spread of COVID-19 reaching pandemic levels, it is critical that we all do what we can to help...

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STAFF EMPLOYMENT SUPPORT – HR & OHS

Original publication. Published on: March 06, 2020

Public health officials have currently identified that the risk of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading within British Columbia is low, and WorkSafeBC is continuing to monitor the progression of...

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BC Food & Beverage (BCFB) is continuing to monitor the impact of COVID-19 on our members and the industry. We’ve received an overwhelming response from our members outlining both the impact (short-term and long-term) to their business, but also strategies they are implementing to protect their business and employees.

Both the impact and response to COVID-19 continues to evolve. While BC is still considered a safe place to be, The Ministry of Health, Office of the Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control have plans to respond to this new virus and the BC...