COVID-19 / Coronavirus Resources for Business

COVID-19 Updates & Resources

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Updated: September 22, 2020

The Burnaby Board of Trade has curated useful resources below to assist local businesses with accessing relevant information from the appropriate authorities and finding helpful tools to prepare for and mitigate potential business challenges related to COVID-19.  Read below for general information, or click one of our quick links for more details on specific programs and resource areas.

For questions or clarity on these programs and supports, feel free to contact the Burnaby Board of Trade’s Director of Policy Cory Redekop by email!

COVID-19 Supports and Programs:

StrongerBC – BC’s Economic Recovery Plan

$5000 Canada United Grants for Canada Small Businesses

Changes to EI and New Employment Benefit Programs  – New extensions to EI and programs for self-employed, sick leave, and parents

Guidelines and Best Practices for Re-Opening Businesses  – The provincial plan for re-opening and how to do it safely and in compliance

Supplier List for COVID PPE, Physical Barriers, and Signage – Get a list of local suppliers providing masks, signage and physical barriers

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – March 15 – July 4 –  Rules and Details for the Wage Subsidy from March 15 to July 4, 2020

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – July 5 – December 19 – Rules and Details for the Wage Subsidy from July 5 to December 19, 2020

Canada Emergency Business Account – Up to $40,000 in interest-free loans with up to $10,000 being forgiven

Regional Relief and Recovery Fund – Interest free loans for businesses not eligible for the Canada Emergency Business Account

10% Wage Subsidy for Small Businesses – Subsidy to cover 10% of wages paid by small businesses, non profits, and charities

 Commercial Rent Assistance Program – Reducing commercial rents by 75% for small to medium businesses for April to September

Canada Emergency Response Benefit – This is the primary benefit for those out of work due to COVID-19, providing $2000 per month

Active Sidewalks, Open Businesses Program – This City of Burnaby program allows businesses to apply to use either City property such as sidewalks or private property such as on-site parking for patio expansions, retail displays, and other business uses

NEW – Liquor Delivery and Expanded Patio Rules – The Province is extending temporary measures to support the restaurant sector that allow for expanded service areas, such as patios, and for the sale and delivery of unopened liquor products with the purchase of a meal

Changes to the Employment Standards Act – Extended layoff time now allowed, and new unpaid, job-protected leave related to COVID-19 for workers

Business Credit Availability Program –  Special loans from BDC and EDC to help businesses bridge the next few months

Taxes Cuts and Deferrals – Businesses and individuals can delay filing income tax and defer remitting various provincial taxes

Support for the Self-Employed  –  The new Canada Emergency Response Benefit ; $1000 BC Emergency Benefit for Workers

Status of the Canada-US Border – The Canada-US land border is closed to non-essential travel until July 21.

Support for Pre-Revenue Firms, Innovation Companies, and Start-Ups – The Industrial Research Assistance Program and Futurpreneur have been giving more funding to help

Supports for Individuals/Workers – The Canada Emergency Response Benefit, Canada Child Benefit, and GST Bonus Credit will provide additional financial support federally, and the BC Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide $1000 payments provincially

Funding for Non Profits  –  The Community Response Fund is a private fund offering $10,000 to $50,000 grants to non profits

Supports for Seniors – New one-time direct funding for seniors

Supports for Students & Recent Grads – Two new benefits and an doubling of Canada Student Grants have been announced

Supports for Indigenous Businesses – Over $300 million has been committed by the federal government

Supply and Sell to the Government’s Response to COVID-19 – Find out how to sell to and be a supplier for COVID-19 response efforts

Changes to Employment Insurance for COVID-19 – Changes to make it easier for workers to get benefits and employers to reduce hours while keeping staff

Summary of Business Closure Orders – Various business have been ordered to close, including restaurants, casinos and fitness facilities

BC Hydro Relief of Electrical Bills – Individuals and Businesses can apply for bill credits, forgiveness, and deferrals

List of “Essential Businesses” in BC  – These businesses can remain open if a closure order is issued

Travel Restrictions – The Canada-US border has been closed; Visits by non-citizens/permanent residents banned; Canadian international travel severely restricted

Business Tools and Templates for Dealing with COVID-19 –  Curated resources from a number of agencies and experts

COVID-19 Health Resources and Information:

Precautions to Take

Reasonable precautions that are recommended by health authorities to limit the spread of this virus include:

  • Washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth, especially with unwashed hands;
  • Avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • Coughing or Sneezing into your sleeve and not into your hands or into the air;
  • Staying home if you are unwell to avoid spreading illness to others

If You Feel Sick

The Public Health Agency of Canada encourages individuals to stay home if they are feeling unwell.  Symptoms of COVID-19 have included fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. If you are experiencing symptoms and think that you might have COVID-19, Fraser Health suggests you call your family doctor or 8-1-1 for assessment and access to testing.  If you visit a health care provider, it is important to call ahead and inform them that you may be infected with COVID-19.

Health Resources:

Public Health Agency of Canada  – This Government of Canada site provides updates on current cases, the current risk to Canadians, and latest updates on prevention, travel advisories and more.

BC Centre for Disease Control  – The BC CDC has useful, BC-specific information on the virus, current risks, and tips for prevention available in English, Farsi, Punjabi and Traditional Chinese

Fraser Health  – Our local health authority, Fraser Health has a Q&A section answering common questions about COVID-19

BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool – Check your symptoms to determine if you need further medical attention

Government of Canada COVID-19 Information Service

  • Phone: 1-833-784-4397  (Interpretation services are available in multiple languages for those who do not speak English or French)
  • Email: