April 9, 2019
Association News
We're excited to announce that Terry Small, also known as the Brain Guy, will present the keynote address on learning to lead with the brain in mind. The 2019 BOMA BC Awards Gala takes place on May 30 at the Fairmont Waterfront Hotel. 

BOMA BC has two events on Thursday, April 18 at the same venue: 

AGM from 11 a.m. to 11:20 a.m.
Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. (Topic: Updated Vancouver Building Bylaw and B.C. Building Code Changes)
Please register separately for each event. 

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Regulatory News

WorkSafeBC’s Industry Initiatives identify additional sectors and subsectors, outside of the High Risk Strategies, with a high risk of serious workplace injury and significant contribution to the serious injury rate. Each initiative focuses prevention efforts on identified areas of high risk in order to apply resources and effort where they will be most effective. In 2018, WorkSafeBC adopted a three-year development cycle for Serious Injury Prevention. Based on the work done to date, there are additional focus areas for 2019 that have been identified within the Serious Injury Prevention Initiative. You can read about those updates and more on WorkSafeBC’s web pages for the High Risk Strategies and Industry Initiatives.

Technical Safety BC has made changes to their Information Bulletin to clarify the requirements to report hazards, better define incidents with additional context and examples, and offer guidance on required action(s) duty holders must take when incidents occur.


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Events & Education

Speakers from Applied Science Technologists & Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC) explained the new Standard of Practice for Registered Fire Protection Technicians, and what it means for building owners' authorized agents.

It was presented by Karen McDiarmid, manager, Fire Protection Technician Program, and Dave Clou, technical advisor, Fire Technician Program.

View their presentation here.

We know it's not possible to attend all of BOMA's luncheons, quality building team sessions and seminars. On occasion we are able to post the presenters' PowerPoint presentations on our website. 

BOMA Canada has launched the 2019 Guide to Urban Beekeeping. Developed in partnership with Alvéole, one of Canada’s premier urban beekeeping companies, this step-by-step guide walks building owners and managers through everything required to become stewards for bee populations. Discover the benefits, risk management strategies and successful case studies of what a turnkey beekeeping service can offer, including significant rewards for your staff, tenants and stakeholders.


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Event Calendar
Apr 2019
BOMA Annual General Meeting
All BOMA members are welcome to attend BOMA BC's Annual General Meeting.
Apr 2019
BOMA April Luncheon
Hear about the updated Vancouver Building Bylaw & BC Building Code Changes.
Apr 2019
BOMA Victoria Chapter Luncheon: BC Assessment
Learn about how BC Assessment determines property assessments, and how assessed value translates into property taxes.
May 2019
QBT Session: Premise Plumbing in Vancouver Buildings
Plumbing and mechanical code updates in the City of Vancouver will be discussed in this presentation.
May 2019
BOMA Awards Gala
Help your colleagues and clients celebrate their successes at the 2019 BOMA Awards Gala! Save the date.
Jul 2019
BOMA Boat Cruise
Join your colleagues for laid-back networking aboard the Magic Spirit as we take in Vancouver's beautiful coastal scenery.
Aug 2019
BOMA Golf Classic
Don't miss this fun Shotgun Texas Scramble – 288 golfers will be playing on the Ridge and Canal courses!
National News
On April 23, changes will be made to the BOMA BEST questionnaires. Every building verified after this date is expected to meet the new requirements if seeking points on these questions.
Around the Industry
Source: Vancouver Sun
The province’s Energy Step Code could contribute more than $3 billion to the Metro Vancouver economy and create 1,170 new jobs over the next 14 years, according to the Vancouver Economic Commission’s Green Building Market Forecast.
Source: Western Investor
Following the Saputo Foods Ltd. property sale late last year, land values in the Burnaby area have quadrupled and property taxes have shot up.
Source: Business in Vancouver
The value of the top 100 real estate deals in B.C. last year jumped 61.1 per cent from 2017 due to soaring real estate prices in the province. Burnaby had the largest average deal at $86.2 million.
Source: News 1130/CityNews
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business’ annual Entrepreneurial Communities index has ranked Squamish the best place in B.C. for entrepreneurs thanks to the town’s low property values and proximity to Vancouver.
Source: Western Investor
Two U.S.-based firms have bought the four-tower Bentall Centre in downtown Vancouver. The transaction is considered the largest real estate deal in the province so far this year.
Source: Vancouver Sun
Earlier this year, the province approved a new St. Paul’s Hospital to be built on the False Creek Flats. Now, the current site is up for sale and, according the CBRE, “represents Downtown Vancouver’s largest development opportunity in the last 13 years.”
The BOMA BC Building Tune-Up Program will help you find low-cost energy and emissions savings through adjustments or minor upgrades to building automation systems. NRCAN funding allows us to offer free recommissioning assessments. For more information, including building eligibility requirements, program details and application form, please use the link below.