COVID-19 Updates and Resources
The affect of COVID-19 continues to evolve. Now, more than ever, it’s critical to follow the directives of our health authorities on social and physical distancing measures so that we can flatten the curve. Stay calm, don’t hoard supplies, don’t back-log the health care system unnecessarily AND STAY HOME if at all possible! Another critical reminder is that many local businesses are having to make difficult decisions for their businesses and employees. They need government and community support to get through this difficult time. We will get through it by supporting one another.
The Chamber has created this page with useful links, tools and surveys for businesses.
Resources & Daily Updates for Business affected by COVID-19 (BC Chamber of Commerce)
These links are updated regularly and include information important to businesses, including:
- Access to Capital
- Taxation Relief
- Working Sharing Program and Wage Subsidy
- Resources for Workers (including EI, Emergency Relief, Emergency Support, Enhanced Canada Child Benefit, Tax Filing Relief and more)
- Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) resources, including lending details
- B2B Support - Private & Crown Corporations
- Daily Updates
- PreparedBC: Emergency Plan for Small Businesses
- Protecting jobs during difficult times, March 24, 2020
- Essential Services announced, March 26, 2020
Other reliable links to get information on the current situation, risk to Canadians, travel advisories, etc.:
- City of Surrey
- City of White Rock
- Surrey Schools
- World Health Organization
- Local news through Peace Arch News
- Provincial news through BC GlobalNews
- National news through CBC News, including live streaming
- NOTE: The BC government does daily media updates everyday at 3 pm (T-F), which are streamed live by major media.
Business Resources and Tools
Crime Prevention Tips for Businesses:
- Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers Tip Sheet for Securing your Business in relation to COVID-19 Closures.
- Metro Vancouver Crime Stoppers for Virus Hoaxes, Fraud Prevention & Tips
Cleveland Doan LLP:
With the COVID-19 virus pandemic gripping the world, strata corporations need to consider how they are going to respond to that and continue to carry on operations. See below for some information from Cleveland Doan LLP.
Forte Law Corporation:
As many workers and businesses are facing the idea of layoffs for the very first time, understanding the basics of Employment Insurance (E.I.) can be helpful. Please see below for some blog posts from Forte Law Corporation for businesses detailing the legal aspects of E.I. and Covid-19 layoffs.
If you are looking for more legal advice check out the advice package on their website.
- Read the latest Tax insights to learn about the recently announced tax relief and flexibility measures for Canadians by the Federal and Québec governments in response to COVID-19. Click here for details.
- Check out the online interactive COVID-19 Navigator Tool to help you understand where you are on your path. Results will be sent to you directly. Click here for details.
Government Programs & Resources for Business
Resources, Toolkits & Guides
Government Resources for Canadians
Webinars & Virtual Events
For a list of upcoming town halls and webinars, visit the Chamber's Event Calendar.
The Chamber hosted 2 COVID-19 Virtual Town Halls on Friday April 3rd; one for businesses, and one for residents. Over 120 participants had the opportunity to ask questions from our local representatives of elected officials and Fraser Health. We are in the process of uploading recordings of the 2 meetings on the Chamber’s COVID-19 resource page. With the ever evolving situation, we know there is value in creating opportunities for the community to connect so we will likely host another set of Town Halls in the near future. Check back shortly.
The Chamber will be organizing a weekly Chamber Chat with local businesses on Tuesdays in April from 9 - 10AM. Come together with your community to find support and share stories of how you have had to adapt your business due to COVID-19. Each participant will be given time to share their experience. The meeting will run for 1 hour. Space is limited; on a first-come first basis. The Chamber hopes to host these on a regular basis and allow more to join. All registered participants will receive a zoom link to participate a day before. Click here to register.
Pre-registration is required.
As a member of the Chamber, you are eligible to join the Chambers Plan, Canada's leading group benefit plan for firms with 1-50 employees. If your business is currently enrolled, you have access to Teladoc® telemedicine service, allowing employees to consult with a physician by phone* or video conference, within an hour, from anywhere in Canada or the United States. Any employees who hold Weekly Indemnity coverage under Chambers Plan and have contracted COVID-19, have been under quarantine, or both, can submit a claim for Weekly Indemnity beneﬁts. Should you or your employees have additional questions in relation to submitting a claim, or if you require claim forms, please contact the Customer Service Centre at 1-800-665-3365.
COVID-19 Business Surveys
Our chamber network is conducting bi-monthly ‘pulse checks’ on BCMindreader.com. How is COVID-19 affecting your business now? How your needs are evolving? Take the short survey now!
These short stories will be sent out to BC's business community every two weeks. It is vital to stay informed about the evolving needs businesses as the situation unfolds.
Your feedback to this survey is essential to inform governments’ understanding of the most pressing impacts you are experiencing and what can be done to ensure government is enacting measures to provide the greatest relief.
To view the results of the previous survey, click here.
The City of Surrey is soliciting feedback from local business owners on your current operations in light of the current global economic conditions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
This information will allow the City to identify opportunities for programmatic support as well as liaise with senior levels of government to support businesses like yours.
For food & dining establishments (restaurants, bars, cafes, etc.): Click here
For retail, hospitality, industrial, & professional services: Click here
Creative BC is collecting data in order to better understand the impact COVID-19 has had on creative industry business activity, events and projects across the province. This information will be maintained with strictest confidentiality, to be shared by Creative BC only with the Province of British Columbia. Information may be shared in aggregate only with other funders and organizations as regional, provincial, and national organizations collaborate to understand impacts.
They are measuring financial and other impacts as cancellations, postponements and other actions are taken to adopt measures recommended by the BC Centre for Disease Control and the Province of British Columbia.