The Tofino Vacation Rental Association’s (TVRA) first year of service to the Short Term Rental (STR) industry was declared a success at the organization’s AGM. The TVRA’s primary goals for its foundational year were to:
- Promote vacation rentals as an important part of tourist accommodation
- Create partnerships and relationships in the community of Tofino with other groups involved in tourism
- Work with appropriate levels of government to ensure that licensing and regulations relating to Short Term Rentals are just and reasonable
- Contribute to the well being and enhancement of the community of Tofino
To this end the TVRA, through the board of directors, has:
- developed and approved Bylaws for the association and its members
- established a Code of Conduct and Mission Statement for its members
- developed a logo, tag line, launched an initial website, placed advertisements in Tofino Time and participated in a community fundraiser
- met with local MLA Scott Fraser to introduce him to TVRA and provide him with background information on our association and the vacation rental issues of Tofino
- implemented “Bear Aware” standards for all members as set out by Bear Aware in Tofino/Ucluelet
There are ongoing concerns and frustration amongst Short Term Rental (STR) owners, managers and the business community regarding the inability for many STRs to obtain a business license, and therefore contribute to Tofino’s revenue, as these properties are unable to conform to the on-site caretaker requirement of bylaws adopted by the District of Tofino in 2005. It remains the Tofino Vacation Rental Association’s position that properties that have been constantly conducting the same activity prior to the adoption of the Bylaws 981 and 982 should be granted legal non-conforming status. The desire to see a long-term and viable solution to the STR issue is still strong within the business sector. Once clear message the TVRA wishes to share with the District of Tofino Council and the public is that the common goal of full compliance is only one clause away. Most STR operators could proceed with business license applications should Council support a proposal that permits STRs, which were in operation prior to adoption of Bylaws 981 and 982 to be managed by a local licensed manager.
The accomplishments of the TVRA’s inaugural year clearly establish a solid foundation for the future of the organization. There is still much work to be done to maintain the momentum the organization has gained towards achieving its various goals. The strength of the TVRA, like any organization, is rooted in its membership. The work of the TVRA is undertaken for the benefit of all STR operators and affiliates and it requires your support.
Your participation and support of the TVRA keeps you informed of current issues effecting STRs in Tofino, puts you in contact with other industry operators for networking and information sharing, and contributes to the strength and credibility of the “Voice of Tofino’s Short Term Rental Industry”. As well, your active participation gives you the opportunity to provide direction and input to the TVRA’s initiatives.
And remember, you do not need to live in Tofino to be active with the TVRA; emails, conference calls and online collaboration are all ways to participate.
Should you have any questions regarding the TVRA we invite you to please contact one of our Directors. Your support and involvement with our membership can make a difference to Tofino’s Short Term Rental industry and your business. Please show your support and return the 2007 membership form with your membership dues today.
To download the 2007 TVRA membership application form and fees, in PDF format, please