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Smithers District Chamber Of Commerce Updates

Updated: Jun 9

New - Launch Online Grant Program

The Launch Online Grant program provides funding to BC based business to create an online shop and/or improve their e-commerce experience to attract new local customers and to expand to new markets. The grant will pay for up to 75% of eligible expenses, up to a maximum of $7,500 per business.

The program supports a rapid response for businesses and is accepting applications from businesses ready to start and finish their online shop within 12 weeks. Application deadline is open until the funds have been fully subscribed and funding will be awarded on a first come, first served basis to small and medium sized businesses. For the projects to have an immediate benefit, the funds will be given as soon as a business has been approved for the program.

For more information on the Launch Online Grant program, including application process and eligibility, please visit: www.launchonline.ca.

Update on COVID-19 Business Relief Grants

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund

The deadline to apply for the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund is March 31, 2021. Funds are available for eligible Small and Medium Enterprises from Smithers to Burns Lake. If 75% of the loan is repaid by December 31, 2022, the remainder of the loan, up to $10,000 is forgivable. For more information and to apply, please click here, or contact:

Community Futures Nadina: 250-845-2522 or www.communityfutures.ca

Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant

The deadline for the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant program has been extended from March 31 to August 31, 2021. The previous requirement for a business to have experienced at least a 70% revenue loss at some point in March and April 2020 has been adjusted. This has now changed and a business is required to demonstrate only 30% revenue loss in any one month between March 2020 to the point of application. Grants of $10,000 to a maximum of $30,000 are available, with up to an additional $5,000 to $15,000 available for tourism-related businesses (PS - restaurants may be eligible to apply under the tourism category). Read more and apply here.


On March 3, the Government announced it intends to extend the current Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) and the Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy (CERS) amounts from March 14 to June 5, 2021. More specifically:

  • The maximum wage subsidy rate for active employers would remain at 75%.

  • The maximum rent subsidy rate would remain at 65%.

Canada United Small Business Relief Fund

Applications for the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund (CUSBRF) will be accepted again starting February 16, 2021 at 10:00 am PST.

Created by RBC, Canada United is a movement to support local businesses in communities across the country. The CUSBRF was established to help small businesses offset the cost of expenses to open safely or adopt digital technologies to move more of their business online.

Successful applicants will receive a relief grant of up to $5,000 with the intent to support local businesses of all kinds - from retailers, to barbershops to farmers.

Click here for more information and to apply, starting February 16 at 10:00 am PST.

Thrive Program

It's Chamber Week! We are offering the first 10 Chamber members who contact us this week a complimentary registration to attend the Building Resilience to Thrive Program, starting Wednesday, February 24th. The program runs for 1 hour (11:00 am to 12:00 pm) per week for 6 weeks.

Building Resiliency to Thrive helps you learn critical leadership and resilience skills

Better position yourself, your team, and your business for our collective recovery. The Building Resilience to Thrive Program is offered by the Peter B. Gustavson School of Business in partnership with the BC Chamber of Commerce.

The 6-week certificate program requires little time commitment (weekly hour-long sessions for six weeks) and applies core competencies in leadership and resilience to help set you up for long-term, consistent success. The program will help you:

  • Communicate and connect more openly with your employees

  • Be a more productive, empathetic leader

  • Efficiently host team meetings to encourage dialogue and idea exchanges

  • Build a better workplace culture and team mentality

  • Engage with customers in a more meaningful way

  • Strategize new approaches to servicing your clients

  • Cultivate and offer a superior customer experience

  • Diversify your cultural intelligence help your team work effectively together

  • Design a world-class customer experience program that also recognizes employee excellence

Courses are taught by award winning professors Dr. Mark Colgate and Prof. Brian Leacock, and are supplemented by resiliency roundtables with other businesses to drive collaboration and connectedness.