COVID-19 Update - July 20, 2021

Jul 20, 2021

BC Government Liquor Changes On July 13, the provincial government announced a major liquor policy change. Private liquor retailers can now sell to Special Event Permit holders, something the Chamber network has been supportive of. This change c...

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COVID-19 Update - July 13, 2021

Jul 13, 2021

Communicable Disease Prevention: A Guide for Employers from WorkSafeBC This guide from WorkSafeBC provides information for employers to develop a communicable disease plan. An effective plan includes general measures to reduce the risk o...

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COVID-19 Update - July 6, 2021

Jul 6, 2021

Updated Public Order: Gatherings and Events and Food & Liquor Serving Premises Last week, the provincial government moved ahead with reducing restrictions now that nearly 80% of adults in BC have had at least one dose of vacci...

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COVID-19 Update - June 29, 2021

Jun 29, 2021

Businesses Prepare to Enter Phase 3 of BC's Restart Plan With July 1 right around the corner, businesses in BC prepare to enter Phase 3 of BC's Restart Plan. As businesses anticipate restrictions adjusting, it is recommended businesses rev...

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COVID-19 Update - June 22, 2021

Jun 22, 2021

Updates to Public Order for Food & Liquor Servicing Establishments as well as Gatherings & Events As a part of phase 2 of BC's restart plan, updated orders are now available for food and liquor serving establishments, as well as gather...

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COVID-19 Update - June 14, 2021

Jun 14, 2021

BC Moves To Step Two of Restart Plan Beginning Tuesday June 15 BC will transition to Step 2 of BC’s Restart plan, including lifting restrictions on travel within B.C.  Provincial officials stated better days are in sight,&...

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COVID-19 Update - June 8, 2021

Jun 8, 2021

Available to Download Now: A Resource Guide for Small Business Resiliency The Kelowna Chamber has been supporting the BC Chamber of Commerce in the development of a Resource Guide for Small Business Resiliency. In partnership with the provi...

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COVID-19 Update - June 1, 2021

Jun 1, 2021

Canadian Chamber Roadmap to Recovery: 9 Areas for Sharp & Lasting Recovery In the middle of a once-in-a-century pandemic, it is difficult for Canadians, their families, businesses and governments to look beyond confronting the immediate effect...

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COVID-19 Update - May 25, 2021

May 25, 2021

Announcement from Province Expected Today as BC Restaurants Get Set for Indoor Dining British Columbia's current slate of so-called "circuit breaker" restrictions expired at 11:59 PM on Monday, May 24, including a ban imposed late ...

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COVID-19 Update - May 18, 2021

May 18, 2021

Governments Need a Travel Restart Strategy Now Recently, the Canadian Chamber issued a statement about resetting plans for travel post-COVID. Along with their statement, they outlined key elements that need to be included in any strategy, such a...

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COVID-19 Update - May 13, 2021

May 13, 2021

URGENT NEWS: Province Introduces Sick Leave Benefit Legislation The BC Government has introduced legislation aimed at providing workers access to paid sick leave. In a release earlier today the province noted that in the short term businesses wi...

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COVID-19 Update - May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

Now is the Time To Apply for Government Grants! The deadlines for Launch Online and the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant are September 30 and August 31, respectively. So buckle up and get granting!  1. Launch Online.&nbs...

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COVID-19 Update - April 27, 2020

Apr 27, 2021

Province Increases Funding & Expands Eligibility for Circuit Breaker Relief Grant The province is adding an additional $75 million to the Business Relief Grant it created in early April after the most recent restrictions ...

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COVID-19 Update - April 20, 2021

Apr 20, 2021

Province Extends Provincial Health Orders into May On Monday, the provincial government announced that it will be extending its provincial health restrictions that came into effect on March 29th for another five weeks until mid...

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COVID-19 Update - April 13, 2021

Apr 13, 2021

Province Announces Circuit Breaker Business Relief Grant The Chamber network made it clear to the Province that the short notice on the sweeping new restrictions they brought in just before Easter caused chaos and harm to our economy. It has ...

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COVID-19 Update - April 7, 2021

Apr 7, 2021

Feds Extend Canada Emergency Business Account Applications On March 22, the federal government announced that the deadline for new Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) applications is being extended from March 31 to Jun...

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COVID-19 Update - March 30, 2021

Apr 5, 2021

Wage and Rent Subsidy Amounts to Remain Unchanged Through to June On March 3, the federal government announced the wage and rent subsidy amounts will remain unchanged through to June. The wage subsidy, the rent subsidy, and L...

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COVID-19 Update - March 23, 2021

Mar 23, 2021

Online Grant Program Expands to Support More Businesses In response to a high number of applications, the B.C. government is investing an additional $30 million in the Launch Online Grant program. The Launch Online Grant program provides up...

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COVID-19 Update - March 16, 2021

Mar 16, 2021

Sale and Delivery of Packaged Liquor now Permanent in BC Before the pandemic, food and liquor primary licensees (e.g., restaurants and pubs) were authorized to sell liquor only for consumption in their establishments unless they had a special ...

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COVID-19 Update - March 10, 2021

Mar 10, 2021

BC Chamber Welcomes Announced Changes to the Small and Medium Sized Business Recovery Grant Changes are celebrated as grant becomes more available to qualifying businesses across British Columbia. The BC Chamber of Commerce applauds the B...

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