COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • The Government of British Columbia a $7.5 million investment through Creative BC for Amplify BC. This fund will support musicians in four areas: 1. Industry initiatives; 2. Career development; 3. Live music and 4. Music company development.
  • For more information, see the Government of British Columbia’s news release of June 1, 2020.[332]

Support for tourism marketing organizations

  • The Government of British Columbia announced a $10-million grant to support the tourism marketing organizations that promote tourism to their regions. Fifty-nine B.C. community destinations marketing not-for-profit organizations will benefit from the funding in order to retain crucial staff positions and offset fixed expenses from May to October 2020.
  • For more information, see the Government of British Columbia’s news release of May 25, 2020.[333]

Support for northern communities

  • On May 11, 2020, the Province of British Columbia announced a total investment of $75 million in Northern B.C. communities through two programs:
    • the 2020 Northern Capital and Planning Grant provides $50 million directly to local governments to help address their infrastructure needs, and
    • another $25 million will be available to communities as they prepare for major economic development through the B.C. Northern Healthy Communities Fund. This will be administrated through the Northern Development Initiative Trust, and will be available to local governments, First Nations and non-profits in the region. It is intended to support local delivery of critical services such as health care, housing, and child care.

For more information, see the Government of British Columbia’s news release of May 11, 2020.[334]

Support for liquor licencees

  • The Government of British Columbia has temporarily deferred liquor licence renewal fees for licensees experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On June 16, 2020, the government announced it has approved a temporary wholesale pricing model that will allow liquor licensees to purchase beer, wine and spirits at reduced cost.
  • For more information, see the Government of British Columbia’s news releases of May 1, 2020 and June 16, 2020.[335][336]

Support for family caregivers

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