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.

Canada Emergency Business Account: Up to $60,000 loans with up to $20,000 forgiven. Please apply through your business banking institution. Deadline to apply is June 30, 2021.

Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program: Aimed at sectors like tourism and hospitality, hotels, arts and entertainment, and will offer 100% government-guaranteed financing and provide low-interest loans up to $1 million for up to ten years.  The HASCAP program is available until June 30, 2021.

Provincial Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant. The Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant program provides fully funded grants to businesses to ensure they have the support they need during and beyond COVID-19.  Grants of $10,000 to $30,000 are available to small and medium sized B.C. businesses impacted by COVID-19. An additional $5,000 to $15,000 grant is available to eligible tourism-related businesses. The program runs until July 2, 2021 or until the funds are fully expended, whichever comes first.


Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: Covers part of your employee wages up to 65%, retroactive to March 15 and up to December 19, 2020. Next deadline: June 17, 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.


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.