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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COVID-19 Update - March 2, 2021

Mar 2, 2021

$500M in Additional RRRF for Small Businesses The Government of Canada recently announced an additional $500 million in support through the Regional Relief and Recovery Fund (RRRF) for small businesses that continue to suffer from COVI...

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COVID-19 Update - February 23, 2021

Feb 23, 2021

WorkSafeBC: Selecting and Using Face Shields in Non-Health Care Settings A new resource from WorkSafeBC clarifies the use of face shields in the workplace. Face shields can be used in the workplace in combination with face ma...

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COVID-19 Update - February 16, 2021

Feb 16, 2021

Canada United Reopens February 16th with Grants of Up To $5,000 Available Over $14 million has been contributed to the Canada United Small Business Relief Fund by the federal government, RBC and Canada United partners to support COVID-19 recover...

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COVID-19 Update - February 10, 2021

Feb 10, 2021

UPDATE: PHO Order on Gatherings and Events Extended Indefinitely By order of the PHO, all gathering and events are suspended indefinitely to significantly reduce COVID-19 transmission related to social interact...

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COVID-19 Update - February 2, 2021

Feb 2, 2021

A Year of Business Insights with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Recently, the Senior Director of Tax and Financial Policy for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Patrick Gill, spoke with Statistics Canada and Deloitte about the biggest busi...

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COVID-19 Update - January 26, 2021

Jan 26, 2021

BC Takes Next Steps in COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout Plan British Columbians are a step closer to receiving their COVID-19 immunizations, with additional details and timelines released for the largest and most complex immunization plan to ever roll o...

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COVID-19 Update - January 19, 2021

Jan 19, 2021

UPDATE: Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) Sees Changes Recently, details of the next CEWS claim periods were finalized with the following changes a) the maximum top-up subsidy rate is 35%, and b) the maximum subsidy amount for employees on leav...

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COVID-19 Update - January 12, 2021

Jan 12, 2021

BC Extends Province-Wide Restrictions Last week, the provincial government announced that province-wide restrictions that came into effect on November 19, 2020 will now be extended until February 5, 2021 at midnight. These restricti...

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COVID-19 Update - January 5, 2021

Jan 5, 2021

Stay Informed & Up to Date with the Canadian Business Resilience Network The Canadian Business Resilience Network (CBRN), put on by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce provides recorded webinars and video resources on COVID-19 programs, reco...

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COVID-19 Update - December 29, 2020

Dec 29, 2020

Federal Government Announces wage Subsidy Rate Increase to 75% December 18, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, announced that the government has concluded the necessary regulatory changes to ...

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COVID-19 Update - December 22, 2020

Dec 22, 2020

Reminder to Renew for Those with Temporary Layoff Variances Through the summer, many employers requested temporary four month variances to the COVID-19 Emergency Layoff period. Many of these variances will expire at the end of December.&nbs...

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The Importance of Supporting Your Local Businesses This Holiday Season

Dec 16, 2020

Standing alongside the Uptown Rutland Business Association, and Downtown Kelowna, the Kelowna Chamber is urging everyone to shop local this holiday season. Shopping local supports our neighbours, creates local employment, and will help local business...

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