More Small Business Relief Funds Available Through Canada United

The Federal Government recently contributed $12 million to the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund.  As a result, Canada United has extended relief grants available for small businesses.  “Canada United is a nationwide initiative created by RBC” along with several Canada United partners. Through this initiative, small businesses may be eligible to receive a grant […]

Government Announces New, Targeted Support to Help Businesses Through Pandemic

News release October 9, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada “The Government of Canada took immediate action to help Canadian businesses affected by the global COVID-19 pandemic, from helping keep employees on the job to increasing cash flow and providing support to help pay rent. While some parts of our economy are […]

Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant

The Government of British Columbia has established a new Recovery Grant program for small and medium-sized businesses.  Through this program, “grants of $10,000 to $30,000 are available.  An additional $5,000 to $10,000 grant is available to eligible tourism-related businesses that have been hit especially hard by COVID-19”.   “Grants are fully-funded. A business would only […]

Increased Access to EI and Recovery Benefits

“The Government of Canada is continuing to take significant and decisive action to support Canadians and protect jobs during the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) was an important and necessary temporary response to support Canadians who had to stop working due to the pandemic. As we safely restart Canada’s economy, […]

Extend a COVID-19 Temporary Layoff with a Variance by August 25th

Navigating layoffs is always hard, especially in these uncertain times. Recent changes to temporary layoffs means employees and employers have more options for support. Together, employers and employees can apply to extend temporary layoffs due to COVID-19. Employees have rights and options as part of the application process. The maximum length of a temporary layoff related […]

Government of Canada announces funding for Indigenous communities and organizations to support community-based responses to COVID-19

News release August 12, 2020 — Ottawa, Traditional Algonquin Territory, Ontario — Indigenous Services Canada The Government of Canada recognizes that First Nation, Inuit and Métis are among the most at risk and face unique challenges in addressing COVID-19. It also recognizes that Indigenous leadership, governments and organizations are best placed to determine the needs […]

OUT For Business: Providing Mentorship for Canada’s LGBT+ Business Community

CGLCC’s OUT For Business Initiative is a mentorship program created to empower LGBT+ youth by providing them the support and guidance to establish or grow their own business. Young LGBT+ business owners tap into the experience and expertise of mentors and other leaders in the LGBT+ business community. Through one-on-one and team mentoring, youth entrepreneurs sharpen […]

Western Economic Diversification Canada supports women-owned businesses in Western Canada

Canadian women entrepreneurs are contributing to the economic success of our communities. At the same time, they have unique and systemic hurdles to overcome when starting and growing a business, and have been severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For example, many of the sectors where women entrepreneurs tend to operate like retail, accommodation and […]

BC Chamber of Commerce Releases Latest “Pulse Check”

Many of you have reached out asking for help and guidance during these trying times. We’re listening! We have partnered with BC Chamber of Commerce to conduct ‘pulse check’ surveys on These short surveys aim to learn how businesses are faring in the age of COVID-19, and how your needs are evolving. This information […]

Columbia Basin Trust Programs Expanded

Columbia Basin Trust has recently expanded programs to “reflect the needs of current needs of business.”  These programs include:   The Summer Works Program The Summer Works Program provides small businesses with a wage subsidy to hire full-time high school and post-secondary students during the school summer break. For more information on The Summer Works […]

Government Announces $650 Million More For Indigenous Health, Economic And Social Support

The breakdown of funding announced May 29th by the Canadian Government is as follows: • $285.1 million to support the ongoing public health response to COVID-19 in Indigenous communities. • $270 million to supplement the On-Reserve Income Assistance Program to address increased demand on the program. • $44.8 million over five years to build 12 […]

Canadian Business Resilience Network Announces Small Business Relief Fund

When COVID-19 struck Canada, businesses of all sizes were affected. Small businesses were hit particularly hard. Small businesses are the faces of our communities and neighbourhoods. Canadians everywhere have been supporting their local businesses throughout COVID-19, from ordering take-out to buying gift cards. Civic-minded organizations with the resources and means are also pitching in. The […]