BC Indigenous Tourism Recovery Fund Program

“Indigenous Tourism BC through a partnership with Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport is delivering a $5 Million Dollar Fund through the BC Tourism Indigenous Recovery Fund. This fund will provide non-repayable grant contributions of up to $45,000 to Indigenous businesses in response to the economic impacts of COVID-19”. “The program will provide recovery […]

Business Support Programs

  The following is a list of recently announced business support programs: The Accelerating Manufacturing Scale-Up grant program opens April 15 with a deadline of May 31. It is open to individual or groups of BC businesses that manufacture value-added products. Grants up to $250,000 for individual businesses and $500,000 for groups of businesses. There […]

Canadian Federal Budget 2021 and the Importance of Business-Led Recovery

As “Canadians and the businesses employing them are increasingly looking forward to a return to more normal lives and economic recovery”, Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce says Canadian Chamber members want one thing: “a clear plan to help them lead Canada’s economic recovery”. According to Trevin Stratton, Chief Economist […]

BC Chamber Welcomes Changes to Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant

VANCOUVER, BC, March 04, 2021 – “The BC Chamber of Commerce applauds the B.C. government’s announcement to extend the deadline for the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant and decrease the revenue loss threshold that will allow more businesses to access the grant. “We appreciate the B.C. government’s willingness to hear the feedback from […]

B.C. Government Launches New Grant Program for Businesses

“The B.C. government is investing $12 million to help businesses launch or upgrade an online store that will provide the platform they need to increase their sales revenues, become more competitive and grow. Up to 25% of the program funds will be reserved for regional and Indigenous businesses”.   “The new Launch Online Grant program […]

Expanded Support for Employers and Jobseekers

Submitted by WorkBC We recognize that many employers are struggling, and that this holiday season is not as joyful as the last. We have some good news! WorkBC has rolled out changes to the Wage Subsidy Program to help reduce ongoing labour market challenges and better serve employers and jobseekers. The enhanced program expands eligibility, […]

Canada Revenue Agency launches the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Registry

Canada Revenue Agency launches the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy Registry From: Canada Revenue Agency News release December 21, 2020                         Ottawa, Ontario                       Canada Revenue Agency To protect Canadians’ jobs and support businesses throughout the pandemic, the […]

Grant program now accessible to more B.C. businesses

“The B.C. government has enhanced the Small and Medium-Sized Business Recovery Grant program to make it easier for businesses to qualify and has increased support for those in the hard-hit tourism sector. The program is part of StrongerBC: BC’s Economic Recovery Plan. The plan outlines the latest steps the Government of British Columbia is taking […]

Canada Emergency Rent Subsidy Now Open

The Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy (CERS) portal is now accepting applications. Canadian businesses, non-profit organizations or charities that have seen a drop in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic may be eligible for a subsidy to cover part of their commercial rent or property expenses retroactive to September 27, 2020 until June 2021. This subsidy […]

Universal Broadband Fund: Bringing High-Speed Internet to Rural and Remote Communities

“Today, high-speed Internet access is essential for all Canadians, no matter where they live. But there is a connectivity gap — Canadians living in rural and remote areas have less access to high-speed Internet than those living in urban areas. That is why the Government of Canada has launched the Universal Broadband Fund, which is designed […]

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 […]