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Mar 23, 2021

COVID-19 Update - March 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 to $7,500 to businesses to help build or expand an e-commerce site to reach more customers and to sustain and grow their business. ´╗┐These changes will help approximately 4,000 more businesses market their products and services online. READ MORE

Update to Public Health Order for Gatherings & Events

Recently, Dr. Henry announced that up to 10 people can gather outdoors, and the official public health order is now available. Restaurants and bars continue to have a limit of 6 people at a table, whether you are indoors or out. The orders specifies restrictions for events at private residences, vacation accommodations, sporting events, and more. READ MORE

New Data Portrays the Stark Reality for the Food Service Sector in 2020

Alla Drigola, the Canadian Chamber's Director of Parliamentary Affairs and SME Policy, released a statement recently regarding a new report from Statistics Canada examining the impact of COVID-19 on food services and drinking places during the first quarter of 2021. The numbers highlight the unique challenges of the food services sector during the pandemic and the disproportionate impact upon sectors dependent upon in person transactions.. READ MORE