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The Government of Canada has a very useful site to get information on all of the federal government measures is at Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan.  This site is continually updated and should be your first stop for information and links on federal measures.

The Province of British Columbia has a very useful site to get information on all of the provincial government measures is at COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information.  This site is continually updated and should be your first stop for information and links on provincial measures.

See here for British Columbia’s Restart Program

Review the Health and Safety Guidelines as well as best practices and other resources from WorkSafeBC.  Of relevance on the WorkSafeBC site is What employers should do

See the British Columbia’s Economic Recovery Plan as well as the COVID-19: Supports for Businesses in BC and Economic Supports For Businesses

Small Business BC (SBBC) has its dedicated BC Business COVID Support Service   SBBC is British Columbia’s premier resource centre for small business information and services, including business planning, financing, registration and any other issues related to starting and growing a business in B.C.   The service serves as a one-stop resource to answer pressing questions about support available to businesses from the provincial and federal governments, industry, and community partners during this time.  Advisors can be reached by phone toll-free at 1-833-254-4357, by email covid@smallbusinessbc.ca and live chat.   Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Support will be available in several languages and a call-back feature will be in place to help manage high call volumes.  SBBC will also continue to provide usual services, like access to expert business advisors, educational services, and free easy-to-use resources in the context of COVID-19.   From prioritizing the health of your customers & employees to strategizing ways your business can adapt, SBBC's resources are valuable for any business looking to make the most of the new normal and grow.  

Export Navigator Website - grow your business beyond BC with free one-on-one export support. Visit the website to find out more.

More information on vaccinations in British Columbia has been issued on the government’s website Vax for B.C. - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

The federal government has proposed the following changes to business support programs:

  • Extend the Canada Recovery Hiring Program until May 7, 2022, for eligible employers with current revenue losses above 10 per cent and increase the subsidy rate to 50 per cent. The extension would help businesses continue to hire back workers and to create the additional jobs Canada needs for a full recovery.
  • Deliver targeted support to businesses that are still facing significant pandemic-related challenges. Support would be available through two streams:
    • Tourism and Hospitality Recovery Program, which would provide support through the wage and rent subsidy programs, to hotels, tour operators, travel agencies, and restaurants, with a subsidy rate of up to 75 per cent.
    • Hardest-Hit Business Recovery Program, which would provide support through the wage and rent subsidy programs, would support other businesses that have faced deep losses, with a subsidy rate of up to 50 per cent.
    • Applicants for these programs will use a new “two-key” eligibility system whereby they will need to demonstrate significant revenue losses over the course of 12 months of the pandemic, as well as revenue losses in the current month.
    • Businesses that face temporary new local lockdowns will be eligible for up to the maximum amount of the wage and rent subsidy programs, during the local lockdown, regardless of losses over the course of the pandemic.
    • These programs will be available until May 7, 2022, with the proposed subsidy rates available through to March 13, 2022. From March 13, 2022, to May 7, 2022, the subsidy rates will decrease by half.

 

Backgrounder: Targeting COVID-19 Support Measures

 

To ensure that workers continue to have support and that no one is left behind, the federal government intends to: 

  • Extend the Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit and the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit until May 7, 2022, and increase the maximum duration of benefits by 2 weeks. This would extend the caregiving benefit from 42 to 44 weeks and the sickness benefit from 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Establish the Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit which would provide $300 a week in income support to eligible workers should they be unable to work due to a local lockdown anytime between October 24, 2021 and May 7, 2022.

  

TO GET THE HELP YOU NEED: 

  1. Visit the federal government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan website for information about supporting your employees and your business. 
  2. Contact your local financial institution. Since we know most small businesses have a relationship with their local financial institution already, the federal government has worked with the financial sector to increase their lending capacity to support you in this challenging time. They are an excellent first resource.
  3. Consult the Canadian Business Resilience Network, a partnership between our government and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to help your business prepare, persevere and prosper through this crisis. 
  4. Check out the new PPE Supply Hub – Canadian businesses in need of personal protective equipment, and businesses looking to sell these supplies can go to this hub to connect.
  5. Make the POST Promise to show employees and customers that you take COVID-19 prevention seriously by practicing key health and safety steps and maintain a safe workplace.
  6. Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety – for a free online course to provide businesses with all the information they need to reopen safely.

 

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TEAM (Ministry of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade)

For assistance at any time, please reach out to the team member below who represents your region:

 

PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT

The Province of British Columbia has a very useful site to get information on all of the provincial government measures is at COVID-19 Provincial Support and Information.  This site is continually updated and should be your first stop for information and links on provincial measures.

See here for British Columbia’s Restart Program

Review the Health and Safety Guidelines as well as best practices and other resources from WorkSafeBC.  Of relevance on the WorkSafeBC site is What employers should do

See the British Columbia’s Economic Recovery Plan as well as the COVID-19: Supports for Businesses in BC and Economic Supports For Businesses

Small Business BC (SBBC) has its dedicated BC Business COVID Support Service   SBBC is British Columbia’s premier resource centre for small business information and services, including business planning, financing, registration and any other issues related to starting and growing a business in B.C.   The service serves as a one-stop resource to answer pressing questions about support available to businesses from the provincial and federal governments, industry, and community partners during this time.  Advisors can be reached by phone toll-free at 1-833-254-4357, by email covid@smallbusinessbc.ca and live chat.   Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Support will be available in several languages and a call-back feature will be in place to help manage high call volumes.  SBBC will also continue to provide usual services, like access to expert business advisors, educational services, and free easy-to-use resources in the context of COVID-19.   From prioritizing the health of your customers & employees to strategizing ways your business can adapt, SBBC's resources are valuable for any business looking to make the most of the new normal and grow. 

Export Navigator Website - grow your business beyond BC with free one-on-one export support. Visit the website to find out more.

More information on vaccinations in British Columbia has been issued on the government’s website Vax for B.C. - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca)

On October 26th, 2021, the Province of British Columbia announced the Booster dose as the next step in the COVID-19 immunization plan.  Provincewide booster dose is next step in COVID-19 immunization plan | BC Gov News.

Please also note that the Government VaxforBC page no longer lists clinics.  It links to the Health Authority vaccine clinic pages.  Find a vaccine clinic in your community - Province of British Columbia (gov.bc.ca).  Please continue to monitor these links for clinics in your areas.  They will be updated regularly.