COVID-19 Resources for Businesses

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Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan provides direct support to Canadian workers and Businesses facing hardships as a result of COVID-19. The Government enacted several measures aimed at stabilizing the economy through this challenging time.

 

British Columbia logoBC Government’s Economic Recovery Plan, StrongerBC, helps people, businesses and communities recover and emerge from COVID-19 stronger and better prepared for the next stage of recovery. This plan includes extra support for businesses to help them reopen, hire more people, adapt and grow.

 

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WorkSafeBC has released information on the required COVID-19 Safety Plan and has created a COVID-19 and Returning to Safe Operation page to provide general guidance. It lays out a six-step process for employers to follow when preparing to return to operation safely, in a manner that reduces the potential for COVID-19 transmission.

You can also view industry specific information they have developed to complement their existing health and safety information. They are updating industry specific pages as these resources are developed to ensure a safe environment for your employees and customers.

Patio Expanded patio use and food truck operation has been temporarily permitted to allow more service options for our local restaurants. Find specific requirements and instructions for obtaining a temporary permit.

Small Business BC COVID-19 Support Centre 

Small Business BC

To help business owners navigate the available provincial and federal resources, advisors are available Monday to Friday, from 9:00am to 5:00pm at 1-833-254-4357. Inquiries can also be emailed to covid@smallbusinessbc.ca, or raised on the live-chat feature available on Small Business BC

Support is available in multiple languages and a call-back feature will be in place to help manage high call volumes. View the latest information on supports for businesses in BC. 

Here are some highlights of different programs including subsidies, grants, and loans:

PST Rebate for Capital Investments
  • Incorporated businesses can recover 100% of the PST on qualifying machinery and equipment purchased between Sept. 17, 2020 and Sept. 30, 2021
To learn more and apply, visit B.C. PST rebate on select machinery and equipment - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

Intended to help businesses avoid layoffs and rehires

  • A base subsidy of employee wages is available to all eligible employers that are experiencing a decline in revenue
Apply here
Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS)
  • Subsidy to cover part of a businesses commercial rent or property expenses starting from September 27, 2020 until September 25, 2021
  • Rent support without the need to work through landlords
Apply here

Business Credit Availability Program – Loan Guarantee 

Intended to provide credit and cash flow loans

  • Various programs for businesses in all sectors and regions to obtain financing during the COVID-19 pandemic
For more information, contact your financial institution

Large Employer Emergency Financing Facility (LEEFF)

Intended to provide bridge financing to large Canadian employers

  • Applies to large Canadian employers with significant operations and workforce in Canada. With annual revenues of $300 million or more.
  • Large for-profit enterprises in all sectors except for those in the financial sector
  • Certain not-for-profit enterprises
Learn more and register
Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund
  • Supports black business owners and entrepreneurs
  • Provides loans between $25,000 to $250,000
Learn more
Support of Indigenous Businesses
  • Indigenous Community Business Fund: First Nations, Inuit and Metis communities and collectives can access funding to support community owned businesses.

Learn more about the Indigenous Community Business Fund

Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP)
  • Applies to hardest hit businesses, including those in sectors like tourism and hospitality, hotels, arts, and entertainment
  • 100% government-guaranteed financing and low-interest loans
The program is pending implementation. Learn more

Agriculture, Agri-Food, and Seafood Supports

  • Agriculture and seafood producers and processors can access a variety of government programs and funding to support their businesses including support for Temporary Foreign Workers, Indigenous Agriculture Development, Agri-innovation, Business Acceleration, and many more
  • Agritech Concierges Program will provide personalised service to agritech businesses to grow, diversify, access new markets, and attract investment opportunities

Provincial programs

Federal programs

Agritech Concierges Program

Arts and Culture Organizations ​
  • The provincial and federal governments have several programs that support the arts and culture sector
  • Variety of funding options available for artists, groups, and organizations

Provincial programs

Federal funding

Buy and Sell PPE

BC Logo Eligible organizations can request to purchase supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) and cleaning and disinfectant products from the B.C. government
Canada Logo The Government of Canada needs products and service in support of Canada's response to COVID-19

Raoid Response Platform

The Rapid Response Platform automatically matches supply with demand, simplifying supplier discovery during the procurement process. As Canada's industries return to work, there is an increased demand for PPE – is your company able to be a supplier?

You are not alone – join a local Business Association

There any many business communities in the Township and they each offer their members excellent opportunities to share resources and experiences, build your networks, and grow your business.

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