COVID-19 Resources for Pemberton & District
Check back regularly for COVID-19 Resources and Updates with a focus on Pemberton + District, BC Canada.
COVID-19 Guidance & Resources for Pemberton Businesses
The Pemberton + District Chamber is here to support you during this challenging time. Find quick links to resources to monitor, business and financial supports plus precautions for employers.
Last updated: May 21, 2020
BC’s Restart Plan
The Province of BC has announced its 4 Phase restart plan to get the province back up and running safely.
Safe Operation for Employers
- Work Safe BC: Employers are required to develop a six step COVID-19 Safety Plan that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. You do not need a formal plan in place to begin operation, but are expected to develop it while protecting the safety of your workers. Visit Work Safe BC for details.
- Work Safe BC: https://www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/covid-19-updates/health-and-safety/what-employers-should-do
- BC Center for Disease Control: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/employers-businesses
- Poster for businesses to place outside the entry door: http://www.vch.ca/Documents/FSE%20COVID%20Poster.pdf
- What to do if you have symptoms? http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19/self-isolation
Local Contact Information for Vancouver Coastal Health
Environmental Health Officer, Vancouver Coastal Health
Whistler and Pemberton, BC
Business & Financial Supports
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to update your information.
Small Business BC Support Service
The BC and Canadian government have partnered with Small Business BC (SBBC) to launch a new B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service.
Advisors can be reached by phone toll-free at 1-833-254-4357, by email email@example.com and live chat. Hours of operation are Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
As part of the support service, a dedicated website – https:/covid.smallbusinessbc.ca – will feature announcements from industry and community partners, as well as a variety of important resources, including webinars and practical tools.
General Federal & Provincial Government Information
- COVID-19 Resources for Canadian Businesses
- COVID-19 Supports for BC Business
- Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan
Wage & Income Support
The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS)
CEWS covers 75% of an employee’s wages – up to $847 per week – for employers of all sizes and across all sectors who have suffered a drop in gross revenues of at least 15% in March and 30% in April and May.
Temporary 10% Wage Subsidy
The 10% Temporary Wage Subsidy for Employers is a three-month measure that will allow eligible employers to reduce the number of payroll deductions required to be remitted to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Credit & Financing Programs
Speak to your lender for more information.
Canada’s largest financial institutions, as well as some credit unions, like are working with small business banking customers on a case-by-case basis to provide flexible financing solutions such as:
- Payment deferrals, reduced interest rates on credit cards and temporary limit increases
- Interest-free loans of up to $40,000 through the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA). The CEBA includes a loan forgiveness amount of 25%, up to $10,000, if repaid on or before December 31, 2022
- Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA) to help lower rents by 75% for small businesses affected by COVID-19. Announced on April 24, 2020
- The program will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50 percent of three-monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship during April, May, and June.
- The loans will be forgiven if the mortgaged property owner agrees to reduce the eligible small business tenants’ rent by at least 75 percent for the three corresponding months under a rent forgiveness agreement, which will include a term not to evict the tenant while the agreement is in place. The small business tenant would cover the remainder, up to 25 percent of the rent.
- Impacted small business tenants are businesses paying less than $50,000 per month in rent and who have temporarily ceased operations or have experienced at least a 70 percent drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues. This support will also be available to non-profit and charitable organizations.
- Term loans of up to $6.25 million through the Business Credit Availability Program’s co-lending and guaranteed loan option
- Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is offering loan payment deferrals and other financing products to the agriculture and food industry
Western Economic Diversification Canada can help businesses access federal funding and provide advice on other federal programs and services. Tourism operators or small- or medium-sized organizations that are impacted by COVID-19 and have received RDA funding may be eligible to receive additional funding and/or flexible arrangements.
Tax flexibility: Businesses can defer paying income tax until September 1, 2020. GST payments, duties, and other remittances can be deferred until June
Support for Indigenous Businesses
On April 18, the federal government announced funding to support Indigenous-owned businesses in Canada through the COVID-19 crisis. The $306.8 million fund will be administered via 59 Aboriginal Financial Institutions, providing short-term, interest-free loans, and non-repayable contributions to First Nations, Inuit, and Métis businesses.
Other Supports & Resources Available to Businesses
- ICBC is offering payment plan deferrals for up to 90 days with no penalties.
- BC Hydro: The COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program allows customers to defer bill payments or arrange for flexible payment plans with no penalty. Call 1 800 BCHYDRO (1 800 224 9376)
- FortisBC is waiving late payment fees and ensuring no customer is disconnected and will discuss flexible payment options.
- WorkSafeBC will be allowing employers to defer payment of their Q1 2020 payments by three months.
- Hootsuite is offering free access to their Professional Plan to help small businesses and non-profits stay connected to their customers and audiences.
- Private sector organizations such as Facebook are offering cash grants and other supports to help small businesses through difficult times.
- Recordings of COVID-19 Webinars hosted by the Whistler Chamber of Commerce.
- Vancouver, Coast & Mountains Tourism Resiliency Program: Destination BC has launched the Vancouver, Coast & Mountains (VCM) Tourism Resiliency Program to provide tourism businesses in the region with meaningful, one-on-one support to navigate government resources which will help our industry work towards eventual recovery. Included is a digital resource hub – Featuring webinars, information bulletins, and additional resources specific to the needs of BC’s tourism businesses. For more information on Destination BC’s COVID-19 overall response, please visit Destinationbc.ca/covid-19.
HR & Employment Standards
HR advice: Responding to COVID-19 in the Workplace from go2HR
Virtual Mental Health Supports
To help British Columbians stay well in uncertain times, the Province is bolstering existing mental health programs and launching new services. The virtual supports will help people of all ages.
The federal government is also expanding supports dedicated to mental wellness and substance use through a new online portal: Wellness Together Canada.
Support for Workers, Individuals & Families
Through the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the Federal government will provide a taxable benefit of $2,000 a month for up to four months to eligible workers who have lost their income due to COVID-19.
Provincial financial supports include the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers, enhanced climate action tax credit, temporary rent supplement, bill deferral and freezing student loan payments.
The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a one-time $1,000 payment to people whose ability to work has been affected due to COVID-19. B.C. residents who receive federal Employment Insurance, or the new federal Canada Emergency Response Benefit are eligible.
The Federal government has waived the one-week waiting period for individuals in imposed quarantine that claim EI sickness benefits.
For Canadians who lose their jobs or face reduced hours as a result of COVID’s impact, the EI work-sharing program provides EI benefits to workers who agree to reduce their normal working hour as a result of developments beyond the control of their employers.
The Federal government has enhanced the Canada Child Benefit (CCB) with a maximum annual payment amount increased by up to $300 per child as part of their May payment.
Support for renters and landlords include a new temporary rental supplement, halting evictions and freezing rents.
Rental supplements are also available through BC Housing.
We encourage our members to stay up to date on the latest health information.
- Office of the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer – for provincial statements & resources
- Vancouver Coastal Health Updates
- BC Center for Disease Control
- Public Health Canada