Provincial & Federal Economic Recovery Plan

BCs COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

BC’s Restart Plan lays out a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province and local economy can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.

For the different organizational sectors to move forward, they will be asked to develop enhanced protocols aligned with the Public Health and Safety Guidelines.

In some instances, this will require consideration by the Provincial Health Officer of lifting or modifying existing orders before certain businesses re-open. Businesses and organizations that are not covered by a Provincial Health Officer order may re-open or continue to operate but they will be expected to adopt and implement sector safety plans as they are finalized. 

WorkSafeBC is working to support the direction of public health agencies in the Province for slowing the progression of COVID-19 by helping workplaces to take appropriate preventative measures. The following provides health and safety information about COVID-19 and the workplace:

Employers are required to develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan that outlines the policies, guidelines, and procedures they have put in place to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission. This tool from WorkSafe BC will guide you through a six-step process to help you create your plan. The tool is provided as a fillable PDF you can download and save with the details of the plan for your workplace.

Forms and more resources

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to support Canadians and businesses facing hardship as a result of the global COVID-19 outbreak.

Support for Businesses – find links to access information on;

  • Avoiding layoffs and rehiring employees
  • Access to credit
  • Creating new jobs and opportunities for youth
  • Deferred payments
  • Support for self-employed individuals
  • Indigenous businesses
  • Supporting financial stability
  • Find the support you need for your business

Support for Sector – links to information in the following industries;

  • Agriculture, agri-food, aquaculture, fisheries
  • Farmers
  • Cultural, heritage and sports
  • Air transportation
  • Tourism
  • Energy
  • Non-profit and charitable

Answer a few questions to get a personalized list of support

The Government of Canada launched a new web hub to bring together available resources for organizations buying and selling personal protective equipment (PPE). As organizations re-open for business, they need reliable information on how to buy and sell the necessary supplies required to keep themselves and others safe.

The Government of Canada has put out a request for submissions from companies that can help supply medical products (such as masks, gloves, gowns, hand sanitizer, etc.) and services such as nurses, food prep, cleaners and so on.  Businesses in Victoria that are able to help can follow this link: Help Canada combat Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – submission form - Buyandsell.gc.ca

You can also download the Canada Business App to navigate the services offered by the federal government

Canadian Chamber and the Government of Canada team up with accounting profession to provide free advice to small to medium-sized business, not-for-profits and charities to navigate uncertainty

Small to medium-sized businesses, not-for-profit organizations, charities will now have direct access to a network of qualified business advisors to help guide them courtesy of a new, government-funded program from the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

The program, called the Business Resilience Service (BRS), is run through the Canadian Chamber’s Canadian Business Resilience Network in collaboration with EY and with support from Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada (CPA Canada) and Imagine Canada. The BRS will provide options for any vulnerable small to medium-sized business, not-for-profit or charity to immediately connect with experienced accounting and tax professionals across the country from professional services firms.

Retail Recovery Playbook – this playbook available from Retail Council of Canada leverages global best practices and includes chapters covering key issues such as customer health and safety, employee well-being, retail operations, merchandising and marketing, store network and channel, and finances.  This information could be helpful to local businesses as they prepare to reopen or continue their operations