May 15, 2019
Association News

BOMA BC worked with local BIAs, the Vancouver Board of Trade, the Urban Development Institute and the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses to lobby the City of Vancouver to shift two per cent of property taxes from businesses back to residents. Council considered the recommendation and ultimately agreed to shift two per cent of the tax burden back to residents over three years, beginning with one per cent in 2019. While this is not a massive decrease, it is a positive signal that some of our Council listened to our association and understands the burden faced by our business community. This is a significant win for all businesses across the City and we hope it will help inform conversations with the provincial government on how to protect small businesses from unpredictable rises in property taxes based primarily on development potential.

BOMA’s Manager of Membership, Kiomi Lutz, asked a group of members to tell us what value they get from their BOMA membership. The most common responses related to the opportunities provided to build relationships, meet vendors and quality of education. If you want to communicate the value of participating in BOMA with someone in your organization or a potential member, please share the attached testimonials with them.

Legionella: Addressing the Risk
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Centers for Disease Control states, “9 in 10 investigations show almost all Legionella outbreaks were caused by problems preventable with more effective water management.” Cooling season is upon us! Learn more about Legionella and how to implement an effective water treatment program for your building’s cooling tower.
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Regulatory News

Vancouver City Council has approved a new cooling tower registry, to take effect on January 1, 2020. BOMA worked with city staff to ensure that building owners could register at no cost. A summary and details can be found here:

The webpage provides a concise form through which owners can register to be notified when the online portal opens. Mandatory operating permits will be required for certain new and existing building water systems. For additional information, contact:

Government Affairs

Vancouver City Council approved a motion backing its Deep Emission Building Retrofits Program to support deep carbon reductions in non-City owned buildings. They approved a multi-year capital project budget and annual expenditure budget of $1.5 million for the Deep Emission Building Retrofits Program to be added to the 2019-2022 Capital Plan. Further, they requested staff develop an implementation and funding strategy for the overall program including the remaining $3.5 million for future years in advance of the 2020 Capital Budget. Council also recommended reintroducing its request to the Province of British Columbia for amendments to the Vancouver Charter to allow the City to implement a building energy benchmarking program. BOMA will keep you posted as these new programs unfold.


BOMA met with Vancouver Centre MP Hedy Fry and Adam Vaughan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development and Housing and Urban Affairs, to discuss how the federal government can support more housing solutions for British Columbians.



Photo above L to R: Damian Stathonikos, BOMA BC; councillor Lisa Dominato; 
councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung; David van Hemmen of Vancouver Board of Trade; 
Charles Gauthier of DVBIA.

BOMA BC staff had several meetings to advocate for a more equitable distribution of property tax, after seven years of inaction by the City of Vancouver.

BOMA met with Vancouver NPA councillors Lisa Dominato and Sarah Kirby-Yung to seek their support for the proposed property tax shift of two per cent from businesses back to residents. These councillors ended up supporting our initiative, voting in favour of property tax shift, along with their NPA colleague councillor Rebecca Bligh and the three Green Party councillors.


Photo on right: BOMA BC and other business associations meet with Vancouver Green Party councillors to seek their support for a two per cent property tax shift as a way to help support local small businesses. 

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Events & Education

The City of Vancouver's Chief Building Official, Patrick Ryan, spoke to BOMA members about the new Vancouver Building Bylaw. BOMA's next luncheon is the Awards Gala on Thursday, May 30.

Rebates help save money, energy and emissions
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Whether you’re replacing old heating equipment or are planning to develop or renovate a building to meet new energy performance standards, FortisBC has rebates on high-efficiency boilers and water heaters as well as custom incentives for optimizing building controls. If your properties include apartment buildings, you can also get water-saving upgrades and an energy assessment at no cost from the rental apartment efficiency program.
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Good to Know
As part of an exciting new award being presented at the 2019 BOMEX gala in St. John’s, the Rick Hansen Foundation would like to invite you to have your buildings rated for accessibility using Rick Hansen Foundation Accessibility Certification™ (RHFAC).
A revised regulated area for Japanese beetle came into effect on February 7. The regulated area includes downtown Vancouver, the West End, Stanley Park, and False Creek and extends east to Clark Drive, south to 12th Avenue and west to Burrard Street, including Kits Point. View the Regulated Area map.
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Event Calendar
May 2019
BOMA Awards Gala
Help your colleagues and clients celebrate their successes at the 2019 BOMA Awards Gala!
Jun 2019
QBT Session: Saving Energy with BOMA uTrack
More details to come, for now, save the date!
Jun 2019
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
A panel of experts will share their insight and experience on how best to plan and accommodate for electric vehicle charging stations. We'll hear about electrical requirements, the different types of charging stations and more.
Jun 2019
BOMA Building Tune-Up Program Session
BOMA BC recently launched the Building Tune-Up Program - a recommissioning program exclusively for members. Come and hear about the successes achieved with the first few buildings and find out how your building could be the next participant.
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 10, BOMA Canada convened several BOMA members to meet with the Federal Advisory Council on Climate Action. The Council is comprised of Steven Guilbeault and Tamara Vrooman, whose mandate includes advising the federal minister of the environment and climate change and the minister of finance on reducing emissions from the buildings sector. Their purpose was to facilitate dialogue between the councillors and key industry stakeholders so that all present could share perspectives on how to advance Canada’s sustainability goals vis-à-vis commercial real estate.

Around the Industry
Source: Vancouver Sun
The only voice before council Tuesday in opposition to the tax shift was City of Vancouver staff. However, the vote was not unanimous, with support from councillors Sarah Kirby-Young, Rebecca Bligh, Lisa Dominato, Michael Wiebe, Adriane Carr and Pete Fry.
Source: Vancouver Sun
Local developer PC Urban says its project IntraUrban Evolution, a 105,000-sq.-ft. building consisting of four storeys, will be the first stacked industrial development in False Creek Flats.
Source: Daily Hive Vancouver
Richmond-based Sun Commercial Real Estate Group’s purchase of City Square Mall in Vancouver was one of the most expensive property acquisitions in Vancouver in 2018. A Senior Advisor with NAI Commercial says the purchase price indicates the property’s redevelopment potential.
Source: Western Investor
Changes in the retail landscape are impacting the sector as many businesses are looking to the future of the industry.
Source: Vancouver Sun
Metro Vancouver’s low industrial-land vacancy rate is creating an affordability crisis for businesses, according to the Vancouver Economic Commission.
Source: Real Estate News EXchange
Newer, more efficient buildings may be leading tenant demand, but what is happening to older buildings in large markets?
Source: Facility Executive
While the concept of flipping houses has taken off in recent years, landscape professionals are finding that outdoor and commercial spaces are also being revamped.