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Jul 20, 2021

COVID-19 Update - July 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 changes the previous policy of forcing consumers to purchase only from government’s BC Liquor Stores while also introducing a new revenue stream for private liquor retailers. READ MORE
Applications Open: Canada Recovery Hiring Program
Applications are now open for the Canada Recovery Hiring Program. As a Canadian employer who continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, you may be eligible to apply for one of the two subsidies to cover part of your employee wages. The Canada Recovery Hiring Program (CRHP) and the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS) support wages you pay through different phases of your economic recovery. Each claim period, eligible employers can claim either CRHP or CEWS, whichever is higher. READ MORE
Federal Government Announces new Tourism Relief Fund
Last week, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and the Minister responsible for tourism, Mélanie Joly announced details of the $500 million Tourism Relief Fund, first tabled in the 2021 Federal Budget, which will be rolled out over two years.
Canada’s regional development agencies (RDAs) will deliver $485 million directly to businesses and organizations to help them adapt their operations to meet public health requirements while investing in products and services to facilitate future growth. Applicants must fall under one of the following parameters to be eligible for funding:
  • A key supplier or operator in the visitor experience
  • Part of a defined tourism cluster or tourism-dependent community
  • An anchor product or service in a destination