Local & Provincial Support

Local Support for Businesses

The City of Victoria City Council passed motions to ensure in 2020: 

  • No property tax increase in 2020 for residential or commercial ratepayers
  • The deadline to pay property taxes was extended to August 4, 2020 with a reduced penalty put in place for late payment
  • The deadline for utility bill payments was extended to 90 days

Victoria Chamber of Commerce is refocusing their Jobs Board to help connect current employment opportunities with workers affected by businesses that have closed.  To access the Job Board as an employer in need of employees or as a worker able to fill a need, go to VictoriaChamber.ca/jobs. At this time, employers are able to post at no charge by using the code SUPPORTYYJ.

YYJLocalsForLocals - a group of 70+ tech and marketing volunteers came together to offer pro-bono support for small businesses in Victoria. Their focus is getting retail businesses digitally transformed to retain revenue in the face of social distancing. They offer services that any small business in the area can request through the website.

Tiny Victoria Small Business Relief Fund is offering local small businesses impacted by COVID-19 small 0% non-recourse loans. 

South Island Prosperity Partnership – Additional Resources for South Island Businesses

VIATEC has created a handbook to help determine what is required by authorities and made a checklist complete with examples of how to help reopen offices, including:

  • A guide for creating your own “COVID-19 Safety Plan” (required)
  • A master re-entry plan checklist
  • A deep clean checklist & more!

Click to download the VIATEC Back to the Office Handbook 

The UVic Business Law Clinic, a program through the university that provides free information about business law issues to clients in the community related to business planning and operations during COVID-19 can be found here.

Provincial Government Support for Businesses

The Provincial government is providing a wide-range of supports for businesses in British Columbia affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This list of supports may not be comprehensive and is subject to change. Please contact support providers directly for eligibility and application details.

Download a printable PDF of these resources and more

Island Health’s Dr. Richard Stanwick is also encouraging the public to take part in the provincial COVID-19 Survey: Your Story, Our Future.

More:

Small Business BC: Resources for Small Businesses Affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

WorkSafeBC Resources for workers

PreparedBC - Emergency Plan for Small Businesses

British Columbia Economic Development Association

Insurance Bureau of Canada - COVID-19 and business insurance: How coverage is triggered

Supply Products and Services to Support B.C.'s COVID-19 Response

Small Business BC's Marketplace -Are you a small business located in BC that is still open for business?  List and promote your small business on the Marketplace to increase website traffic and support other small businesses.