COVID-19: Economic Relief Measures Announced to Date

  • The government is funding the installation of portable toilets at several commercial vehicle pull-outs, inspection stations and chain-up locations throughout the province. The rest areas are also open during the pandemic and the Ministry of Transportation is making sure they are clean, sanitary and well supplied. Moreover, the government has created a new Provincial Supply Chain Coordination Unit to assist with coordinating the distribution of goods and services and launched the COVID-19 Supply Hub, an online platform to coordinate, find and speed up the delivery of medical supplies and personal protective equipment for provincial health authorities to support front-line health workers.
  • For more information, see the Government of British Columbia news release of April 8, 2020.[346]

Greenhouse carbon tax relief

  • Commercial producers in B.C. who grow vegetables, ornamental flowers and plants, forest seedlings and nursery plants are eligible to apply for carbon tax relief grants for the 2020 production year, until May 1, 2020, if they:
    • had sales exceeding $20,000 in 2019;
    • used natural gas or propane to heat their greenhouses or produce carbon dioxide; and
    • had a production area greater than 455 square metres.
  • For more information, see the Government of British Columbia’s news release of April 6, 2020. [347]

Relief for sport sector

  • Provincial, disability, and multi-sport organizations will have access to $5 million, which represents 50% of their annual 2020-21 provincial funding allocation, to help with cashflow issues.
  • For more information, see the Government of British Columbia’s news release of April 1, 2020.[348]

Specific relief to agricultural sector

  • On March 22, 2020, the Minister of Agriculture announced that they are working with the Federal Government to insure seasonal labour can still enter Canada to support the agriculture industry.
  • In addition, the B.C. Association of Farmers’ Markets (BCAFM) is helping member markets move to an online model to continue providing customers with locally grown and prepared food products. The B.C. government is providing $55,000 to the BCAFM to cover fees for individual farmers markets to join the online platform and set up their digital markets.
  • For more information, please see the Minister of Agriculture’s press release of March 27, 2020. Information about active online farmers’ markets can be found here.[349][350]

Support for arts and culture sector

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