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Jan 26, 2021

COVID-19 Update - January 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 out in BC.
The plan will see approximately 7.4 million doses of vaccine overall administered to every British Columbian who is eligible to receive it between April and the end of September.

The Importance of Continued Business Supports as Economy Contracts in Q1

Last week, the Chief Economist for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, Trevin Stratton had some thoughts following the release of the Bank of Canada’s Monetary Policy Report. After a significant rebound in the second half of 2020, Canada’s economy once again faces a setback as it will contract by 2.5% in the first quarter of this year according the Bank of Canada’s latest projections. This marks the first quarterly contraction since the first wave of the pandemic in Q2 last year. 

New Mini-Guide to Help Employee’s Mental Health Through Winter

With COVID-19, this winter may be even more demanding on our mental health and well-being. This new mini-guide from the Mental Health Commission of Canada is designed to help employers provide workers with specific tools and resources during the winter months.

Other Useful Links to Get Help
  1. Visit the federal government’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan website for information about supporting your employees and your business.
  2. Consult the Canadian Business Resilience Network, a partnership between our government and the Canadian Chamber of Commerce to help your business prepare, persevere and prosper through this crisis.
  3. Contact your local financial institution. Since we know most small businesses have a relationship with their local financial institution already, we’ve worked with the financial sector to increase their lending capacity to support you in this challenging time. They are an excellent first resource.