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Integrated Pest Management: Is your course registered?
IPM Regulation: Update on inspection activities and reminder of changes
PST Phase out on Electricity
Message to Unlicensed Golf Courses from the Ministry of Environment
Minimum Wage Increase as of September 15th
Liquor Licensing Policy Change
Property Tax Assessment Project Phase 1
New Safety Certification Program Available for Small Tourism & Hospitality Employers
How-to-Guide for Reporting Pesticide Product Usage

Integrated Pest Management: Is Your Course Registered?

IPM rules changed in British Columbia in July 2016. One rule change pertained to the requirement for golf facilities that spray pesticides to have a pesticide user license and report annually on usage levels (staffer must still have their own Pesticide Applicator Certificate). The Ministry of Environment has contacted the Environmental Advocacy Committee of the Allied Golf Association of BC, of which the NGCOA Canada is a member, with a list of compliant golf courses. There are dozens of golf courses not on this list. If you are unsure if you registered your course for using pesticides back in 2016, please contact Erica Beck at 866-626-4262 extension 40 or email ebeck@ngcoa.ca.

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IPM Regulation: Update on inspection activities and reminder of changes

In December 2017 the BC Ministry of Environment mailed out letters reminding BC golf courses of the amendments to the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Regulation that took effect on July 1, 2016. Please click here to view the letter that was mailed out in December with reminders of the changes that occurred in 2016 and what is needed to ensure your course is compliant.

This past July 2017 Ministry inspectors commenced an audit of BC golf courses to ensure compliance and will be continuing on-site inspections in 2018. 

More info is also available through 'The Rules Have Changed' document.

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PST Phase out on Electricity

Effective January 1, 2018 the PST rate on electricity drops to 3.5% and will be fully exempt as of April 1, 2019. See page 5 of the PST Bulletin 203. Click here to view the bulletin online.

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Message to Unlicensed Golf Courses from the Ministry of Environment

As of July 1, 2016, all British Columbia golf courses are required to obtain a Pesticide User's Licence in order to legally apply pesticides. To assist golf courses with the compliance process, Conrad Berube, MOE Officer for Vancouver Island, has provided the following instructions and weblinks. Please click here.

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Minimum Wage Increase
September 15th

BC minimum wages increase as of September 15 by $0.50 to $11.35 plus a $0.50 increase for minimum liquor server wages to $10.10 an hour. For more information, please click here.

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Liquor Licensing Policy Change
NGCOA Canada British Columbia Chapter WIN

In September, a British Columbia member brought to the NGCOA Canada's attention that their facility was deemed offside by their liquor inspector; they were given a warning and were told that a golfer was not permitted to buy an alcoholic beverage inside the clubhouse and take to the golf course as the golfer crossed the liquor red lines while doing so.

On October 4th, Erica Beck, NGCOA Canada - Regional Director participated in a phone call with Assistant Deputy Minister Douglas Scott who is responsible for the Liquor Control and Licensing Branch. During the call, the issue was addressed and an ask was made to rectify the problem our industry was experiencing and allow a customer to leave a red line area with an alcoholic beverage purchased at the club to enjoy at another licensed area.

Our voice was heard.

On January 23, 2017, this new policy will replace the previous one:  

New policy

A patron may purchase a drink in one licensed area at a golf course and take it to another service area at the golf course, as long as the patron takes a direct route between the service areas. This allows patrons to carry liquor between the licensed club house and the licensed playing area.  

Click here to download the official policy directive.   PLEASE NOTE:  Until January 23rd the current policy is still in place.  

Current policy

A patron cannot purchase a drink in one service area at a golf course and take it across an unlicensed area to another service area at the golf course.  Please remember that this applies to licensed areas only. If you have not licensed your golf course area, then a golfer may not take a beverage onto the playing field (if not licensed).  

During the call with ADM Scott, we also asked to be allowed to have putting greens and driving ranges included in the red line. We have not been given any communication that this is permitted. We will persist in lobbying government to allow all golf courses to permit their customers to consume an alcoholic beverage purchased at the club on the practice green and driving range. 

If your club has any additional concerns they wish to address please contact: Erica Beck, ebeck@ngcoa.ca, 778-726-1200.

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Property Tax Assessment Project Phase 1
Reminder we need your help

The British Columbia Chapter Advisory Board is working with Adrian Rizzo of Kent-Macpherson on an initiative that could help reduce the property tax burden of golf courses in BC.

Currently golf courses are assessed differently than all other commercial properties and as a result many golf courses are unfairly paying excessive property taxes.  The Advisory Board would like to explore having golf courses assessed in the same manner as all other commercial properties, but to do so the assistance of member courses is required. Many courses have offered their consent for Adrian and the NGCOA Canada - British Coumbia Chapter to obtain a copy of their Property Valuation Summary however more assistance is needed in our first phase of this project.

Phase 1

This first phase is to evaluate the property assessments and prepare a report for the Advisory Board on the amount of property tax each golf course may be excessively paying.

To complete analysis we require additional support from our membership. Please sign the attached form that will allow Adrian to access the Property Valuation Summary for your golf course.  All information will be kept in confidence by the Advisory Board. Please sign this form (2 page document) and email to ebeck@ngcoa.ca.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact myself or one of the Chapter Advisory Board members.  You can also contact Adrian at 1-866-763-2236 for more information.

Erica Beck, Regional Director
p. 866-626-4262 extension 40
e. ebeck@ngcoa.ca

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New Safety Certification Program Available for Small Tourism & Hospitality Employers

BC tourism and hospitality employers with fewer than 20 employees can now participate in the Certificate of Recognition Program (COR) that is specifically designed for them.

The COR Program is an occupational health and safety audit, certification and incentive program, rewarding employers that go beyond the legal requirements by taking the "best practice" approach to health and safety in the workplace. go2HR is the certifying partner that is responsible for coordinating the program and supporting participating employers in the BC tourism and hospitality industry. Participation in the COR program is voluntary and offers many benefits for employers.

SECOR offers similar benefits that large businesses enjoy, but with a slightly different process and audit tool that takes into account the size of the operation in order to increase small employers’ success. Employers who successfully achieve the SECOR certification are eligible for an annual financial incentive of 10% of their base WorkSafeBC premiums, with the minimum eligible incentive being the lesser of $500 or 50% of their actual premiums paid. Most importantly, through SECOR small employers will develop a safety management program that keeps their employees safe, helps with recruitment and retention, and minimizes the potential costs of workplace accidents and injuries.

Interested employers can learn more about SECOR and how to participate at go2hr.ca/SECOR.

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How-To Guide for Reporting Pesticide Products Usage

January 31st was the deadline to report on the quantity of pesticide products used in 2016 as per the Integrated Pest Management Regulation in BC. If you missed this deadline and need tips on how to report, please review this How-To Guide compliments of Keith Lyall, Superintendent at Sun Peaks and member of the Environment Advocacy Committee of the Allied Golf Association of BC.
 

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