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BC – Coastal Clean-up

B.C.’s largest coastline cleanup gets major funding boost

Thanks to all involved in this daunting and very worthwhile project and special thanks to Adventure Tourism Coalition members who were principles that initiated and continue to push this clean-up process. Also, thanks to the BC Gov’t, particularly Minister Heyman of the MECCS for stepping up financially and in other ways, good stuff.

From the BC Gov’t news release, “The Province is helping protect and restore B.C.’s marine environment with further investment in the Clean Coast, Clean Waters Initiative Fund.

Projects funded through this program have removed derelict vessels and cleaned up marine debris from more than 4,600 kilometres of shoreline while creating more than 1,700 well-paying jobs.

I am honoured to stand with First Nations and partner organizations who are taking a leadership role in cleaning up marine debris and plastic pollution. The Clean Coast, Clean Waters projects have and continue to help protect and restore the health of our marine ecosystems. All British Columbians deserve access to a healthy environment,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “As part of our government’s broader CleanBC Plastics Action Plan to reduce plastic waste and pollution, these projects are protecting our coastlines for the benefit of our communities now and for the future.  

An additional $25 million in one-time funding will more than double the B.C. government’s investment in the Clean Coast, Clean Waters Initiative Fund, for a total of approximately $50 million. The Coastal First Nations-Great Bear Initiative will receive $4 million, bringing its total funding to $7.5 million since 2020. The remaining $21 million will be awarded to successful funding applicants through a merit-based assessment process, administered by PwC Canada.”

For the full news release, visit BC’s Coastal Clean-Up.


Boating BC Conference: Navigating Uncharted Waters

Boating BC Association

Originally Published in November 2020

We are all Navigating Uncharted Waters. In business, at home and in our daily lives. This year’s conference will focus on how to thrive in these times. Workplace wellness, social media and digital strategies, reaching customers with your shared values and turning new boaters into life-long boaters are all keys to our industry’s successful future. Join us for a fun and impactful conference from the comfort of your home or office as we navigate these uncharted waters together.

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Indigenous Tourism

Announcing the Indigenous Community Business Fund

Indigenous Tourism BC

Originally Published on September 30, 2020

Indigenous Tourism BC in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada and the Aboriginal Financial Institutions in BC are delivering a $5 million dollar Tourism and Hospitality Fund through the Indigenous Community Business Fund.

This fund will provide non-repayable grant contributions of up to $250,000 per community to First Nation and Inuit community-owned and Métis collectively owned businesses and microbusinesses in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19 over the period April to August 2020.

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Backcountry Lodges

BLBCA Sponsor’s Virtual Banff Mountain Film Festival

Backcountry Lodges of British Columbia Association

The BLBCA is proud to sponsor the best “Mountain Short Film” award at the 2020 virtual Banff Mountain Film Festival. We hope you get a chance to watch some of the films.

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COVID-19 Policy for Guiding and Events

Sea Kayaks Guides Alliance of B.C.

Originally Published on October 7th, 2020

The SKGABC has adopted the following two documents to guide members in guiding and training during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Guide Outfitters

GOABC’s Range Stewardship Program to Create Jobs and Protect the Environment

Guide Outfitters Association of BC

Originally Published on September 22, 2020

The Guide Outfitters Association of BC has publicly released the Range Stewardship Program submitted to the Government of BC as part of the Stronger BC COVID-19 recovery strategy. The Range Stewardship Program (RSP) undertakes to create or retain 250 jobs and protect 125 small businesses in rural and indigenous communities.

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You Be The Captain, We’ll Be Your Crew

Boating BC Association

Boating BC Association is a network of qualified professionals who share their knowledge, insight and assistance to every kind of boater and marine business, from a first-timer to a seasoned tour operator. If you have questions about boating in BC, we are your go-to resource! And if you work in the marine industry, we offer counsel on business and governance issues, as well as representing and advocating on behalf of the boating industry to all levels of government. We offer unbiased information from experts who live and work boating every day.

We own and operate the Vancouver International Boat Show (#VanBoatShow), the second largest boat show in Canada. We love all things boating and actively promote it as a recreational activity of choice in BC, and we support our community through our Grants & Sponsorship and Glenn Spartz Scholarship programs.

If you’re a boater, we hope you’ll join our community and stay connected. If you work in recreational boating, we invite your business to become a member and add your voice to our industry.

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COVID-19 Impacts on the Heli-Cat Industry

HeliCat Canada

Originally published: Oct 13, 2020

To say that the 2019-20 ski season has been a roller coaster would be the understatement of the decade. Going from the best helicopter and snowcat skiing season ever, to the worst ever, all within a couple of weeks, was shocking. Completely discombobulating.

At the February 2020 HeliCat Canada Board meeting, COVID-19 was largely affecting cruise ships and we were discussing any parallels the helicat sector might have with them, hypothetically. By the HCC Board meeting in March, the sector was shutting down completely. What a difference a month makes…

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