This month we offer resources for business planning to meet investors, setting wages, job grants and much more!
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October 7, 2016

In This Issue

  • Finance Group Meeting: Business Plans, Preparing to Meet with Lenders or Investors
  • Industry Survey: Food Processing Industry Strategic Capacity Building
  • Industry Wage Survey Available Now
  • Exclusive to BCFPA Members: Assistance with Canada BC Jobs Grant Funding
  • The Water Sustainability Act
  • Breakfast Series Event: Capitalizing on Free Trade Agreement Export Markets
  • Vancity Scholarship to BCFPA Member
  • BCFPA Advertising & Marketing Opportunists
  • Save the Date: Upcoming BCFPA Events and Activities 
  • New Members

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Finance Group Meeting:

Business Plans, Preparing to Meet with Lenders or Investors

When: Thursday, October 13th, 2016 10:00AM
Where: MNP Offices: 15303 31st Avenue 3rd Floor, Surrey, BC
Cost: Free to BCFPA Members (must RSVP and reserve a spot)

Join us at our Finance Peer Group Meeting to discuss the importance of business planning. Topics that will be covered include how to align a business plan with company strategy, a breakdown of the key elements that go into a business plan, working with consultants for business development, and a networking portion to close the meeting. Thanks to MNP for Sponsoring and hosting the event!

Speakers: Jozef Hubburmin, CFO; Fresh Direct Produce, and Maria Gonzalez, Senior Consultant; MNP 

For more details and the full agenda CLICK HERE.
Hosted by MNP with the BC Food Processors Association

Industry Survey: Food Processing Industry Strategic Capacity Building

Exclusive to BCFPA Members

The BC Food Processors Association and the Small Scale Food Processor Association are partnering in a pilot project titled: “Food Processing Industry Strategic Capacity Building”.  The objectives of the pilot project are to enhance the food processing industry associations’ ability and capacity to;
  •          provide value to the sector;
  •          act as strategic partners for the Province. 
We have prepared an industry survey for our respective processor members to understand and validate the needs of food and beverage processors across BC.  Your responses will contribute to the recommendations the two associations will provide to the Provincial Government and the NPF design and implementation.

The survey will take about 10-15 minutes and can be accessed by clicking on the following link:

Industry Wage Survey Available Now

We recently surveyed 25 member companies to determine wage and benefits information and statistics. This information is a great resource in helping your organization assess wages for hourly and salaried employees with information on more than 20 employment categories. Being informed on industry wages allows you to create a compensation plan that will ensure the retention of employees and avoid a high turnover rate due to low wages. 

The cost of the survey is $1,000 to BCFPA members and $1200 for non-members; the cost is set well below other industry surveys.

Contact Christine Bricknell at the BCFPA to purchase a copy of the survey;; 604-371-4245

For more information on the survey contact Valerie Henderson who conducted the survey and is available to answer any questions; 
Purchase a Copy!

EXCLUSIVE to BCFPA Members: Assistance with Canada BC Jobs Grant Funding Applications 

The Canada-B.C. Jobs Grant program has set aside up to $3 million in available funds to allow manufacturing and Agrifood businesses to invest in skills training for their employees. The BC Alliance for Manufacturing is the Government-approved delivery partner for employers in the Manufacturing & Agrifoods Sectors.  As a founding member of the Alliance, BCFPA members can utilize their resources – at no cost to your business – to assess eligibility and training needs, identify training options, submit applications and support your business throughout the process. Delivery partners help ensure that employers meet all eligibility requirements and are aware of their obligations under the CJG program.

Last year, the funding was fully allocated within 6 weeks. If you would like to take advantage of this opportunity, please visit the Alliance website for more details at

The Canada-B.C. Job Grant (CJG) is an employer driven cost-sharing program that supports employers in training their current or future employees.  
Eligible employers can maximize their budgets by qualifying for at least 2/3 reimbursement* of the cost of all training, up to a maximum of $10,000 per participant per fiscal year.  In addition, eligible employers hiring unemployed British Columbians can qualify for a full reimbursement* of all cost of training, up to a maximum of $15,000 per participant per fiscal year.  
The CJG aims to increase participation of British Columbians in the labour force by helping them develop the skills they need to find and keep a job. The CJG is also an opportunity for employers to invest in training that is better aligned to job opportunities. Please refer to CJG Eligibility Criteria to fully understand the eligibility requirements of the program before you apply.
 *subject to grant approval

Visit the Alliance for Manufacturing website for the most current applications forms. Many internet browsers have challenges with these forms and it is suggested you initially download the forms to your computer with Adobe Reader (8 or higher).
Before you apply, please contact us to fully understand eligibility requirements and application process.
Need to add the Alliance for Manufacturing offering EXCLUSIVE for members - completion of Canada bc jobs grant.  Will get link and preamble for you today.

The Water Sustainability Act

Implementation of usage fees for commercial water consumption in BC

About the legislation:
The WSA came into effect on January 1, 2016. 

In a nutshell:
  • Under the existing Water Act there are no fees or applications required by a company to pump and use groundwater.
  • The new Water Sustainability Act (WSA) applies to any NON-domestic usage of groundwater – any commercial use (all food processors). 
  • There will be two charges associated with groundwater due to this new Act:
    • A one-time application fee for new or existing groundwater activities, which is a company’s responsibility to apply for (see this link) – this ranges in fees from $500 to $10,000 (Nestle Waters falls under the $10,000 range, most processors would be $1,000)
    • A water rental fee (same link as above) which depends on consumption activity but for most is the greater of $200 per year or $2.25 per 1000 m3
Please note: The application fee will be waived if a company with a pre-existing groundwater draw submits their application any time during 2016.

For more information please click here to see a Q&A conducted by the BCFPA with a representative from the Ministry of Environment   

Breakfast Series Event: Capitalizing on Free Trade Agreement Export Markets 

When: November 10, 2016
Where: BC Hydro (Edmonds)
Cost: $15 BCFPA Member; $25 Non-Member *Includes Breakfast*

From 2010 to 2015, over 80% of the growth in the food and beverage sector has been in food manufacturing shipments. This can't miss event will discuss Free Trade Opportunities and how they relate to food processors in regards to marketing and business development opportunities.

Click Here to Register Now!

Vancity Scholarship to BCFPA Member

Congratulations to Tiffany Shen for receiving a $1000 Scholarship from Vancity! Tiffany also received an extra $100 to attend the Feeding Growth workshop.

BCFPA Members! Vancity has one more scholarship open to you. Vancity is offering $1000 scholarships to BCFPA members who enroll in the Climate Smart program. Info on the scholarship can be found here: 

BCFPA Advertising & Marketing Opportunities

Process This! Printed Magazine: Released in January 2017.
  • This is an expanded version of the BCFPA newsletter as well as a printed magazine. It is a great way to advertise your business due to it's high exposure.
Monthly E-Marketing
  • This is a monthly e-blast dedicated to our members and the food, beverage, and natural health industry. It allows organizations to advertise either a specific event, or general information about the company.  
Website Marketing
  • We are currently creating areas of advertising throughout the BCFPA website. Let us know if you are interested in advertising on our website!
For further information on advertising with the BCFPA please contact Dina Yousif; 604-371-4245; 

Save the Date: Upcoming BCFPA Events and Activities

  • October 13, 2016: Finance Group; Business Planning 
  • October 18, 2016: Sales and Marketing Peer Group 
  • October 20, 2016: Food Safety Peer Group
  • October 26, 2016: Human Resources Peer Group
  • October 28, 2016: Fraser Valley Operations Peer Group
  • October 26, 2016: Vancouver Island Peer Group
  • November 8, 2016: Membership Committee
  • December 6, 2016: Membership Committee
  • November 10, 2016: Breakfast Series: Capitalizing on Free Trade Agreement
  • December 6, 2016: BCFPA Annual Holiday Social  
For more information on attending any of these events/meetings please contact Tanya Tait; 604-371-4245,

New Members

Thank you for joining the BCFPA and Welcome!

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