COVID-19: Your Business
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Delivered in partnership with the B.C. government and the Government of Canada, this site connects businesses with the resources and guidance necessary to navigate challenges from COVID-19.
As part of BC's COVID-19 Action Plan, the B.C. government announced provincial tax changes. More information is coming soon.
Small businesses that needed to close due to COVID-19 measures may be eligible to have the business' electricity use charges waived for up to three months. Large General Service (LGS), Medium General Service (MGS0 and other business rates are not eligible for the small business relief, but may be eligible to defer payments or arrange a flexible payment plan.
The Canadian Bankers Association (representing 60 banks operating in Canada) lists programs launched by banks in Canada in response to the urgent challenge of the COVID-19 outbreak. Programs for individuals include reducing credit card interest rates, deferring payments and instituting low minimum payments on credit cards.
The CBA also lists programs for small businesses such as deferral of payment on small business credit cards and credit lines and payment deferral on the principal of a small business loan.
Local credit unions are also offering programs such as Vancity's 0% interest and payment deferrals for up to six months to eligible cardholders who are impacted by COVID-19, Coast Capital's credit card payment deferrals and Blue Shore Financial's client financial relief program.
In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery.
The application for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) through the Canada Revenue Agency is open as of April 6. Government of Canada's guide to applying for CERB.
CRA's guideline on the best day to apply is based on the month you were born in:
- January, February or March - apply on Mondays
- April, May or June - apply on Tuesdays
- July, August or September - apply on Wednesdays
- October, November or December - apply on Thursdays
- Any month - apply on Fridays & Saturdays
Prepared by Courthouse Libraries BC, this wiki is a directory of online resources dealing with the ways COVID-19 health directives are affecting people’s lives, including information on employment, housing, family law, debt, legal assistance and courts and tribunals.
A page of information and resources for West Vancouver businesses compiled by the District of West Vancouver.
Fortis BC has implemented a fund which will allow residential customers to defer their bill payments from April 1 to June 30. Repayment schedules can be set up to allow bills to paid in full over a year after June 30. Small business that remain open during the COVID-19 crisis are eligible for bill deferral. Businesses that have been forced to close can receive bill credits for any charges to their accounts during the time they’re not able to operate.
Links to federal programs for families, people facing unemployment, people who are sick, quarantined, or in directed self-isolation, people who are unable to work, seniors, students, youth and businesses.
An extensive list of resources and links to support business planning at this time.
Support for entrepreneurs impacted by COVID-19 from the Business Development Bank of Canada (BBC) and Export Development Canada (EDC).
The West Vancouver Chamber of Commerce has compiled an extensive COVID-19 resource list to help members during this time of need, including local business updates and community information.