COVID-19 Related Business Resources:

BC Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Business Impact Survey 2020 COVID-19 Business Impact Survey 2020 (by Region) COVID-19 Business Impact Survey 2020 (by Business Size)

Links and information are changing frequently at this time. We recommend checking back often and revisiting links to view updated information.  Provincial and Federal programs are available here.

BC Economic Development Association

This shareable, live document is being continually updated with the most relevant information, tools and resources for the BC business community.

BC Hydro

The CCF can be used by customers dealing with financial hardship of job loss, illness or loss of wages due to COVID-19. The eligibility criteria and application process remains the same. If you have overdue payments and were facing disconnection, applications are completed online.

Business Development Bank of Canada

Two financing programs are available through the BCAP: The Canada Emergency Business Account and SME Loan and Guarantee program. Both initiatives will be administered by private-sector financial institutions.

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

To help businesses prepare for and manage through a potential COVID-19 escalation in Canada, the
Canadian Chamber of Commerce developed the following brief guide. It is designed to assist business
planning and continuity efforts. This tool includes links to the some of the most relevant and credible
information, best practice tools and resources.

Canadian Federation of Independent Business

CFIB are updating this page regularly as new information becomes available.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In the event of pandemic influenza, businesses will play a key role in protecting employees’ health and safety
as well as limiting the negative impact to the economy and society. Planning for pandemic influenza is critical.
To assist you in your efforts, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) have developed the following checklist for large businesses.

Chambers Benefits Plan

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, Chambers Benefit Plan will do everything we can to provide the most up-to-date information and links to our clients and our community. Attached is a resource guide created by the clinical team at Novus Health®, our partner that powers our my-benefits health® platform, containing useful information for
employers and their employees.

City of Prince Rupert

Council Meeting normally starts at 7:00pm and is live broadcast on this page. High Speed Internet is required to stream and watch the Council Meeting Live Broadcast. If you do not have high speed internet, the Council Meeting video is also posted to the City of Prince Rupert’s Youtube Channel.

City of Prince Rupert’s daily update page.

Export Development Canada

DC’s capacity to help Canadian entrepreneurs expanded under the $65-billion federal Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP). This program allows EDC to offer Canadian businesses of all sizes the credit they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working in concert with the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and private sector lenders to ensure Canadian companies get support during these uncertain times.

Watch our webinar to learn how the coronavirus is affecting global trade and how your company can be protected.

Government of British Columbia

Use this guide as a starting point to protect that investment and the people you employ by ensuring your business is prepared to be up and running as soon as possible following any type of emergency or business disruption.

This resource is designed to help small business owners plan and prepare for emergencies that could interrupt operations. Use this template as a starting point and add to it as needed. One simple step today can make a difference in how effectively your business responds to and recovers from a disaster.

BC’s first steps to support people, businesses – includes $5 billion in income supports, tax relief and direct funding for people, businesses and services. Includes $2.8 billion to help people and fund the services they need to weather the crisis; $2.2 billion in relief to businesses and to help them recover after the outbreak.

Governments and the private sector are providing a wide-range of supports for small businesses in British
Columbia affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of B.C.’s COVID-19 Action Plan, the B.C. government is
providing an additional $5 billion in income supports, tax relief and funding for people, businesses and services in
response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Please visit the links below for the most up-to-date information.

Government of Canada

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Government of Canada resources site.

During this extraordinary time, the Government of Canada is taking strong action to support Canadian businesses, their employees and their families.

Small Business BC

As entrepreneurs try to figure out their own unique path forward, Small Business BC has gathered the latest resources to help prepare small businesses to get through this challenging time.