BC Vaccine Card Roll Out: Information & Tip Sheet for Business

Recently, the Province provided more details on their plans on the BC vaccine card program, and unveiled the provincial link where digital Vaccine Cards can now be downloaded and where the Vaccine Verifier App can be downloaded.
´╗┐The new vaccine card program, which began, Monday, September 13, requires proof of at least one dose of COVID-19 vaccine in order to enter restaurants, ticketed sporting events, movies, and many other non-essential venues. On October 24, those aged 12 and up will need to be fully vaccinated to access those same services and venues.
To help businesses understand and implement the proof of vaccination (PoV) requirement, local Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade have put together a Tip Sheet to help you prepare for implementation.

Resource Guide for Small Business

The BC Chamber of Commerce has launched the pan-provincial Resource Guide for Small Business Resiliency.

In partnership with the provincial government’s Sector Labour Market Partnership Program (SLMP) and funded by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, the Resource Guide for Small Business Resiliency has been created with information collected in focus groups and from consultations with different sectors and industries from all economic regions across British Columbia.

The Resource Guide for Small Business Resiliency will help businesses address workforce and workplace planning and related operational challenges caused by COVID-19.

Resources outlined in the guide tackle all aspects of pandemic recovery including:

  • Health & Safety
  • Government programming
  • Sector-specific initiatives
  • Legal and regulatory requirements
  • How to reopen, maintain, pivot, or expand your business; and
  • Additional small business tools

Download the guide today to help your business navigate the broad mix of available resources in a clear and efficient way. Follow these steps on the road to recovery.

To address the regionally specific needs of businesses, and in partnership with the BC Chamber network, the SLMP program is supporting the completion of an additional seven comprehensive region-specific resource guides that will launch summer 2021.

Webinars & Upcoming Events

Recorded Webinars

Resources for yourself and your business:


June 25, 2021 - Special Event: Securing Canada's Future with the Honourable Erin O'Toole


May 18, 2021 - Special Roundtable with the Honourable Ahmed Hussen


April 29, 2021 - BC Budget Briefing with Finance Minister Selina Robinson

Watch More Webinars Here

Upcoming Webinars & Events

Please check back for upcoming webinars. 

Helpful Documents

Here are some additional ways you can take positive action in your community right now:

Create a safety plan & return to work checklist - In preparing our own return to work plans, we reviewed information available online from health authorities and various industry organizations and then developed some helpful documents to assist you in getting back to work safely.

Below is a helpful one page checklist to make sure we covered what we needed to in developing our migration plan back to the office. This one page check list was crafted to help our team prepare and understand what changes were being made and why. This checklist includes the five principles noted by the Premier as well as the general areas that businesses need to think about when building their return to work plan.

We thought you might find this document useful and thus provide it here for you to download:

Download our General Return to Workplace Readiness Checklist


Keep supporting local organizations/businesses - Whether it is your local associations, or your local gym membership, please do not cancel your memberships. We will get past this but many non-profits, community organizations and small businesses cannot survive if we don't support them. We want these organizations and businesses to exist when this crisis passes.  

Shop local - We strongly urge our members to heed the authorities' advice and limit your exposure to others. However, support your local businesses and vendors as much as possible. Even many small businesses offer online and delivery options. 

Please keep checking back to this page frequently for further updates. Let's stay stronger together!

Resources for Businesses:

Canadian Business Resilience Network - A National Toolkit for Business Reopening

WorkSafeBC - Preparing COVID-19 Safety Plans at the Worksite

Retail Council of Canada - Retail Recovery Playbook

WorkSafeBC - Industry Specific Guidelines for Phase 2 Sectors

WorkSafeBC - Guide to Preventing Exposure to COVID-19 in the Workplace

WorkSafeBC - Industry Information Pages: Returning to Safe Operations

Canadian Chamber of Commerce - Communications Crisis Guide

Okanagan We Got This is a coalition of seven Chambers of Commerce/Board of Trade, and this specific initiative is primarily to assist local small businesses in the Okanagan that need our support to get through the pandemic.

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