Business COVID Relief

Northern BC Tourism Resiliency Program. If you run a tourism-related business, please register for the Northern BC Tourism Resiliency Program. As part of the program, you’ll be matched with a program advisor who can assess your needs and provide guidance on available relief programs for your business. They can also arrange one-on-one expert consultations (free of charge) in areas such as marketing, E-commerce, human resources, and accounting, among others.

Launch Online Grant Program: Grant of up to 75% of eligible expenses to a maximum of $7,500 to create an online shop and/or improve e-commerce. Program application intake is open until September 30, 2021 or until the funds have been fully subscribed.

First Peoples' Cultural Council Arts Program. Grants ranging from $3,000 to $20,000 for Indigenous B.C. residents open for the Spring 2021 intake.

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: Covers part of your employee wages up to 65%, retroactive to March 15 and up to December 19, 2020. Application extended until October 2021.

Canada Recovery Benefit: $400 per week for 13 two-week periods between September 27th, 2020, and September 25th, 2021 for self-employed workers and those in the gig economy. Applications are handled through the Canada Revenue Agency. You may apply up to a total of 19 eligibility periods (38 weeks) between September 27, 2020 and September 25, 2021.

Canada Recovery Hiring Program: The Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP) is designed to encourage businesses to grow as the economy recovers, whether it’s due to hiring or re-hiring staff, increasing shifts, or increasing overall pay.  Next application deadline is December 30, 2021.

Each claim period, eligible employers can claim either CRHP or Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS), whichever is higher.