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Tourism Golden Advocacy & Policy

Tourism Golden is destination marketing organisation, and the lead organisation for tourism in Golden and CSRD Area A. As such, it is our responsibility to review and evaluate issues brought to us by our industry stakeholders, to determine policy and involvement in matters that disrupt, or negatively impact the tourism industry within our DMO boundary.

Where the Board of Directors support involvement, we engage as necessary with local, regional, and provincial tourism industry stakeholders, and strive to unite stakeholders to advocate for change.

Current issues and policies which are actively supported by the Board of Directors are:
2018 Changes to MRDT legislation
Short Term Rentals
Labour Shortages

Changes to MRDT legislation:

A press release issued by the government on February 20th indicating proposed changes in the 2018 Budget included the following change to the use of MRDT revenues:

"Effective on a date to be specified by regulation, MRDT revenue collected by municipalities, regional districts and eligible entities, such as tourism-focused non-profits, can be used to fund affordable housing initiatives. Currently, funds can only be used for tourism marketing, programs and projects."

The board of Tourism Golden is opposed to any change to the MRDT legislation which re-directs funds from the important work of community DMOs. Tourism Golden is lobbying government to seek other sources of funding for affordable housing initiatives, as well as supporting industry bodies in their advocacy roles. 

We also encourage our tourism and community stakeholders to write to the Hon. Carole Jame, Minister of Finance and Deputy Minister at:

Hon. Carole James, Minister of Finance, Province of British Columbia, Room 153 Parliament Buildings, Victoria, B.C.  V8V 1X4 or email: [email protected]

We are happy to provide this template letter and key contact information for use by stakeholders.
2018 - Feb - Letter to Minister Carole James from TIABC

2018 - Feb - Letter to Minister Carole James from Tourism Golden
Other Resources:
2018-Feb BC Provincial Budget Tax Changes
2018-Mar  MRDT Backgrounder

Short Term Rentals

2017 - Aug - Letter to Minister of Finance request to rescind provincial sales tax clause 78(1)(b)
2017 - Aug - Letter to CSRD Area A Director to request lobbying of government to rescind provincial sales tax clause 78 (1)(b)
2017 - Aug - Letter to ToG to request lobbying of government to rescind provincial sales tax clause 78(1)(b)
2016 - June - Paper submitted to Town of Golden council on the Impact of the Sharing Economy

Other Resources:
2017 - Nov - Town of Golden Staff Report
2016 - July - Town of Golden Short Term Rental Discussion Paper 

Labour Shortages:

Labour shortages are increasingly impacting businesses throughout B.C., particularly in small rural tourism-based communities such as Golden whose local populations are unable to meet the labour demands of a high summer season. Revenues in Golden are not reaching full potential as rooms, tables and hours of business are unable to be serviced because of a lack of staff. Business owners and managers experience burn-out as they try to step into the breach to cover unfilled jobs. 
Tourism Golden is actively lobbying the federal and provincial governments to review immigration and labour policies to effectively alleviate the issue, and we would like to hear your own stories that we can take forward as we try to effect change. Please email your comments and feedback to [email protected]

2018-08 - Letter from Temporary Foreign Workers Directorate - Skill & Employment Branch