COVID-19 / Coronavirus Resources for Business

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Updated: April 16, 2021

As part of The Centre for Burnaby Business Recovery and Resilience, 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!

BC’s COVID-19 Immunization Plan

The immunization program to vaccinate BC against COVID-19 is underway.  Vaccination and immunization is critical to our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic — we need a robust vaccination roll-out by government and an eager uptake and participation by residents.    Stay updated on the immunization plan and get your vaccine when you become eligible.    Read the latest on the Immunization Plan

Current COVID-19 Restrictions:

Updated –  Restrictions on Social Gathering, Events; Mask Mandate   – The latest public heath orders and restrictions

NewStay Open: Guide to Operating During COVID-19 – Tips and resources to operating safely and avoiding closures

COVID-19 Funding, Grants, and Support Programs:

The BC Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant – Provincial grants of $10,000 to $30,000

New – “Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant” – Provincial grants of between $1000 and $10,000 for restaurants/breweries/fitness businesses

Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy – July 5, 2020 through June 2021 – Rules and Details for the Wage Subsidy from July 5, 2020 to June 5, 2021

Launch Online Grant for E-Commerce – Up to $7500 in grant funding for BC businesses to set up e-commerce stores

Updated – Canada Emergency Business Account – Up to $60,000 in interest-free loans with up to $20,000 being forgiven

New15% PST Rebate on Machinery and Equipment – New tax credit on equipment bought for business

NewIncreased Employment Incentive – Provincial refundable tax credit for hiring or payroll increases that occurred in Q4 2020

NewBC Manufacturing Grant – New grant to support manufacturing projects

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

Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program –  The Highly Affected Sectors Credit Availability Program (HASCAP) allows businesses heavily impacted by COVID-19 to access guaranteed, low-interest loans of $25,000 to $1 million to cover operational cash flow needs.

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy  –  Subsidy direct to businesses to help pay commercial rent

BC Recovery Benefit  – Up to $1000 for BC households to help them cover COVID-19 expenses

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

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

Other COVID-19 Supports and Resources:

New – WorkSafeBC 10-Day Closures – Details on new Expedited Workplace Closures and Steps for Employers

NewBC’s Hub for Workplace Mental Health  – Supports and tools to support mental health in the workplace

Updated – 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Previous Support Programs and Closed Funding

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

Women’s Enterprise Stream Funding – Up to $40,000 in interest-free, forgivable loans for Women-Owned Businesses

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

$5000 Canada United Grants for Canada Small BusinessesApplications have now closed.

10% Wage Subsidy for Small Businesses – Subsidy to cover 10% of wages paid from March through June

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

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

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

Funding for Non Profits  –  Funding for non-profits/community groups for Food Security and Youth/Women/Families Supports

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

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

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

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

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

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

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:

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