COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • As part of the BC Government’s $5-billion COVID-19 Action Plan, up to $35.6 million will be available over three months from CLBC to support service providers to continue delivering residential services.
  • CLBC service providers who provide residential services can request funding to address overtime costs or staffing shortages, and to access additional supplies for delivering disability-related supports. Individuals living independently with developmental disabilities and residential services managed through individualized funding will also be able to access emergency funding.

For more information, see the Government of British Columbia’s news release of April 22, 2020.[340]

B.C. Business COVID-19 Support Service

  • The Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness announced on April 16, 2020, that it is setting up a one-stop resource for questions about supports available to British Columbia businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • The resource can be accessed by calling 1 833 254-4357, emailing covid@smallbusinessbc.ca[341], or using the chat feature on https://covid.smallbusinessbc.ca[342].

  • For more information, see the Government of British Columbia news release of April 16, 2020.[343]

  • The Government of British Columbia is extending until October 31st 2020 the temporary authorization that permits food-primary and liquor-primary licensees to sell and deliver sealed, packaged liquor products alongside the purchase of a meal for off-site consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • For more information, please see the Government of British Columbia’s news release of July 13th[344]

Property tax bill

  • The Minister of Finance announced on April 16, 2020, that the Province is providing enhanced relief for businesses by reducing most commercial property tax bills by an average of 25%, along with new measures to support local governments facing temporary revenue shortfalls as a result of COVID-19.
  • For more information, see the Government of British Columbia news release of April 16, 2020.[345]

Support for commercial truck drivers

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