Editor’s note: We need a study like this on lower wage earners living on Cortes and Quadra Islands, as well as Campbell River.
By Alexandra Mehl, Ha-Shilth-Sa, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Tofino, BC – With tourism’s major contribution to Tofino’s economy, the industry itself is “less likely” to offer the region’s living wage, according to a recent report.
While the costs of food, shelter, and transportation increase, tight food budgets are likely as locals cut corners to shoulder expenses.
In early November, Clayoquot Biosphere Trust published their biannual Vital Signs report revealing the regions living wage of $26.51 per hour is almost 10 dollars over the province’s minimum wage of $16.75.
Continue reading Cutting corners on healthy foods: How do Tofino’s lower wage workers get by with rising living costs?
The Klahoose Wilderness Resort’s second full season is over.
“We’re only open from May to the middle of October,” explained Chris Tait, the Tourism Manager.
As he reflected on this past season, one word that kept coming up is reconciliation.
“It’s 100% owned by the Klahoose First Nation. From the beginning, as we built the resort, that was front and center. We wanted all of our experiences at the Klahoose Wilderness Resort to reflect the traditions, reflect the culture. Part of that is a reconciliation piece, bringing people into the Klahoose territory. Making sure we have Klahoose First Nation guides leading those guests, whether they’re going on a boat tour through Toba Inlet – which is my background – or sharing their culture at the Klahoose Wilderness Resort.”
Continue reading Klahoose Wilderness Resort: Tourism as a Vehicle for Reconciliation and Culture
The Klahoose Wilderness Resort has partnered with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada (ITAC) to support the newly launched Indigenous Tourism Destination Fund.
“There’s 800 new Indigenous tourism businesses that this strategy is going to support. Those are new ones. I think there’s 300 now that are like Klahoose Wilderness Resort across the country. Most of them are small businesses like ours,” explained Chris Tait, Tourism manager for the Klahoose Wilderness Resort.
“We’re part of the original accreditation program with the Indigenous Tourism Association of Canada, where they recognize Indigenous tourism businesses. There’s three levels. You have to meet a whole bunch of criteria, like: have a business plan; a marketing plan; work with international visitors; be an Indigenous owned business; and have an Indigenous experience.”
Continue reading Klahoose Wilderness Resort supports Indigenous Tourism Destination Fund
The Klahoose First Nation Development Corporation, QXMC, has a new General Manager.
“In mid August I was approached by a member of the board I work closely with, who asked me if I was interested in applying for the position as General Manager. I gave it some thought and went ahead. It was a long process including several interviews, skill assessments and psychological evaluations. Thereafter the board took time to review all candidates, reflect and just at the end of last week they came to the decision of hiring me,” explained Marco Bedetti.
Continue reading QXMC’s New General Manager, Marco Bedetti
Close to 40 residents turned out to the first two Tourism Cafes on Cortes Island. The Cortes Community Economic Development Association (CCEDA) brought in Lesley Anderson and Nancy Arsenault to facilitate meetings at Mansons and Gorge Halls last week. The pair will host a virtual Tourism Cafe on Wednesday, November 1st from 10 am to 12 pm, and return in January to present their findings.
“ People came out of the meeting feeling a lot more informed about this planning process and how it can be a force for better tourism outcomes on the island in the future. A process like this can be really useful and it doesn’t have to result in greater tourism. It’s how we can nuance that tourism and make it better for the island and just attract the right visitors,” explained Kate Madigan, Economic Development Officer of CCEDA.
Continue reading Cortes Island’s First Two Tourism Cafes