B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service
Delivered in part by Small Business BC in partnership with the B.C. government and the Government of Canada, this service connects businesses with the resources and guidance necessary to navigate challenged from COVID-19. Support includes business advisors available by phone, email support, business resources and checklists and much more.
The BC Chamber of Commerce is the largest and most broadly-based business organization in British Columbia. Representing more than 125 Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, and 36,000 businesses of every size, sector and region of the province, the BC Chamber of Commerce is The Voice of Business in B.C.
BC Tourism Resiliency Network
The BC Resiliency Network is a long-term resiliency program providing BC tourism businesses with meaningful, one-on-one support to navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, adapt and work towards eventual recovery.
British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA)
The British Columbia Economic Development Association (BCEDA) is the leading professional association of economic development practitioners in the Province of BC.
Canadian Business Resilience Network
In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.
Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Since 1925, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce has connected businesses of all sizes, from all sectors and from all regions of the country to advocate for public policies that will foster a strong, competitive economic environment that benefits businesses, communities and families across Canada.
Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
The new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) provides a 75 per cent wage subsidy to eligible employers for up to 12 weeks, retroactive to March 15, 2020.
Canadian Federation of Independent Business
The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is the country’s champion of small business. With over 110,000 members, they are Canada’s largest non-profit organization devoted to creating and supporting an environment where your business can succeed.
City of Quesnel: COVID-19 Business Support Hotline
In partnership with the City of Quesnel, Community Futures North Cariboo has launched the Business Support Hotline for local, Quesnel-based businesses. Local businesses impacted by COVID-19 can call for assistance with navigating the various supports offered by various organizations, including BC Hydro, FortisBC and others.
Community Futures British Columbia
Community Futures is the only non-profit organization throughout rural BC with a mandate for small business and community economic development. Their experts offer local assistance from 34 offices throughout rural BC. Community Futures offers a variety of services and tools to help entrepreneurs and small business owners achieve their goals, including business support services, business planning advice, loans and self employment assistance.
Destination British Columbia
Destination BC is the destination marketing organization for B.C. and has a variety of regularly updated resources available to businesses in the tourism industry.
Digital Economy: Rapid Response + Resiliency (DER3) Program
DER3 offers one-to-one business and technical consultations for businesses that are considering entering or expanding their online presence, or putting technology-based tools in place to better serve their needs. This program is available to all individuals or businesses living or working in Northern B.C. at no cost and with no obligation.
Charities and non-profits are on the front lines of dealing with the current COVID-19 pandemic in Canada and Imagine Canada is dedicated to supporting charities and non-profits as the situation evolves and to advocating for support from the federal government.
National Reopening Government Regulation Tracker
In order to operate, businesses must abide by all national, provincial/territorial and local codes, issued by our governments. This includes when and which businesses are allowed to open, an array of health and safety measures, social distancing standards, occupancy limits, and more. Information is broken down by province/territory.
This digital tool contains three sections of questions that will help you understand where your company stands as you respond to COVID-19 in the areas of: crisis management and response; workforce; operations and supply chain; finance and liquidity; tax and trade; and strategy and brand. After answering the questions you will receive an assessment of where your company stands in each response area, insights and recommendations into potential areas on which to focus and key questions to ask and where you can access more information.
Small Business BC is the premier resource centre for these entrepreneurs. They are a non-profit organization that exists to help BC entrepreneurs start and grow their own businesses. Like the entrepreneurs they serve, they are a small business made up of a small and mighty team with a passion for entrepreneurship.
WorkSafeBC realizes the importance of worker safety as businesses look to resume operations following COVID-19 related work stoppages or interruptions. This page provides employers with information and resources to assist them in ensuring the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 is minimized in their workplace.
Women’s Enterprise Centre
Women’s Enterprise Centre is a non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women start, lead and grow their own business.
Government of Canada
COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Government of Canada
Regional Relief and Recovery Fund – Community Futures Stream
The $962-million Government of Canada fund is to support small and medium size businesses that have been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These businesses can now apply for loans of up to $40,000 through RRRF. In B.C., Community Futures offices are supporting rural businesses requesting $40,000 or less. Businesses should apply through their local Community Futures office if they are eligible. If they are a rural business requesting more than $40,000, they should apply through Western Economic Diversification Canada.
Government of Canada
Resources for Canadian Businesses
During this extraordinary time, the Government of Canada is taking strong action to support Canadian businesses, their employees and their families.
Helping Canadians access small business loans, working capital loans, purchase order financing, and COVID-19 guidance
Resources on Business taxes, permits and regulations, intellectual property, business support and how to sell to government.
Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)
BDC and EDC are working with private sector lenders to coordinate on credit solutions for individual businesses, including in sectors such as oil and gas, air transportation, exports and tourism. This program includes Loan Guarantee for Small and Medium Enterprises (EDC is working with financial institutions to issue new operating credit and cash flow term loans of up to $6.25 million to SMEs) and Co-Lending Program for Small and Medium Enterprises (BDC is working with financial institutions to co-lend term loans to SMEs for their operational cash flow requirements. Eligible businesses may obtain incremental credit amounts of up to $6.25 million through the program)
Business Development Bank of Canada
The Business Development Bank of Canada is the only financial institution that is exclusively dedicated to entrepreneurs. Their mission is to help create and develop strong Canadian businesses through financing, consulting services, and security, with a focus on small and medium-sized enterprises.
Business Resilience Service
The Business Resilience Service is a national hotline service that will help entrepreneurs, small business owners,non-profit organizations and charities that are in need of financial planning advice, particularly if they do not have access to an accountant. The hotline is a national, bilingual service operated by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Small business owners with pressing financial needs can call 1-866-989-1080 (toll-free) seven days a week, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (ET).
Business advisors – 125 members of Chartered Professional Accountants Canada – will be available to provide customized financial guidance.
Canada Emergency Business Account
The Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) will provide interest-free loans of up to $40,000 to small businesses and not-for-profits, to help cover their operating costs during a period where their revenues have been temporarily reduced. To qualify, these organizations will need to demonstrate they paid between $20,000 to $1.5 million in total payroll in 2019. Business owners can apply for support through the CEBA through their banks and credit unions.
Canada United Small Business Relief Fund
Up to $5,000 is available as a grant to successful applicants. Incorporated local businesses of all kinds, from retailers to barbershops to farmers, are eligible to apply. Grants may be used for purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE), renovating physical space to adhere to local, Provincial or Federal reopening guidelines, and developing or improving e-commerce capabilities for your business.
List of British Columbia Credit Unions
Consulting Grants for Women Entrepreneurs
Community Futures Fraser Fort George has grants of up to $5,000 available for businesses majority owned and led by women. The grant will support women entrepreneurs in hiring a Consultant with the specialized expertise required to pivot their business. This funding comes at a critical time where women entrepreneurs require financial support in implementing a plan to become resilient in the new normal.
Digital Technology Supercluster – COVID-19 Program
The COVID-19 Program is focused on unlocking solutions to protect the health and safety of all Canadians and our economy through the development, deployment and scaling of digital technologies.
A guide to all grants available in British Columbia.
Industry Canada – Financing Directory
Find financing, loans, grants and contributions for your business.
HSJ Lawyers – Prepare your workplace for Phase Three and beyond of COVID-19
As we approach fall, businesses are wise to prepare for a potential second wave of COVID-19 and childcare challenges for employees. What are your plans? Are you aware of your responsibilities to accommodate the workplace needs of your employees? Join us and get answers.
Tuesday, September 22
As small businesses play their part in helping to flatten the curve, it’s seen most businesses closing their storefronts and physical locations. Creating a delivery arm for your small business could be one way to keep serving your existing customer base, while also attracting new customers. Join presenter Marc Kuo and learn the steps, considerations and things to keep in mind as you develop a strategy for your new delivery service.
Women’s Enterprise Centre
Women’s Enterprise Centre offers training to women entrepreneurs in B.C. to help them learn and develop essential business skills to help them succeed in business. Upcoming webinars include Strength in Numbers: Legal Q&A, Grants for Business, SEO for Beginners: How Your Customers Find You Online and others.