COVID-19 Boundary Business Portal

COVID-19 Boundary Business Portal

See The Province of BC’s Economic Restart Plan Here >

WorkSafeBC’s Guide to Understanding COVID-19 and Operating Safely >

Together with our regional partners we have built this webpage to provide our business community with the most up to date economic and recovery information regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic.

If you feel there are any resources that should be added to this page, or if any of these sources are inaccurate, please let us know by email

We have created this Facebook group for regional business owners and managers to share relevant business related information in an effort to identify common themes and issues being faced.

Resources for Business Owners and Not For Profits

Access to Emergency Capital, Credit, and Liquidity

The following resources are providing various solutions for business owners in fast need of liquidity and capital.

  • Canada Emergency Business Account
    The Canada Emergency Business Account allows businesses to borrow up to $40,000 interest free, with the potential to have $10,000 of that debt forgiven – Learn More >

  • Community Futures Boundary
    The Community Futures Regional Relief and Recovery Fund offers businesses a $40,000 interest free relief loan. – Learn More >
  • Regional Credit Unions
    The Credit Unions have announced they will work with all business members impacted on a case by case basis, with the option for payment deferral.

    Grand Forks Credit Union >
    Heritage Credit Union >
    Osoyoos Credit Union >

  • CIBC
    CIBC, and all the big national banks have announced they are offering payment deferrals and emergency conditions to qualifying organizations. – Learn More >

Federal Government Business Support Programs

The following resources are being offered to business owners and entrepreneurs by Government. See the full details. Here

  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)
    A program to help commercial property owners and their tenants impacted by COVID-19 – Learn More >
  • Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy
    A potential 75% wage subsidy from the Federal Government – Learn More >
  • Support For Farmers
    The Fed’s have increased credit available to farmers and the agri-food sector through Farm Credit Canada. – Learn More >
  • Income Tax Deadline Push
    The Federal Government has announced taxes owed for business prior March 18, 2020, can be delayed until Sept 1. – Learn More >
  • Extending the Work-Sharing program
    The maximum duration of the Work-Sharing program has been extended from 38 weeks to 76 weeks. – Learn More >

Provincial Government Business Support Programs

The Government of BC partnered with many organizations like BC Hydro and
ICBC to develop some short term measures focused on individuals whose work has been directly impacted, and appears to be developing a longer term plan at this time. See their full resource offering. here

  • Income Tax Deadline Push
    The Provincial Government has announced taxes owed for business prior March 18, 2020, can be delayed until Sept 1 – Learn More >
  • Support Hotline
    Small Business BC has established a website and hotline dedicated to providing information to businesses about the relief and supports available – Learn More >
  • Property Tax Decrease
    The Province has announced it will cut commercial property tax for business and light and major industry property classes by 50% for 2020 – Learn More >

Municipal & Regional Government Business Support Programs

Our local Government will be working through recovery and response to ensure the business community is heard and can have relevant needs met. They will be dialled in to the Boundary Business Facebook Group recently created, which will be a place to organize conversations and meetings. Click here to join this group.

Policy & Misc Document Templates

Please let us know if there are any other types of documents that would help you in operating your business during this unprecedented time. The documents below, created by the BCRCC, are starting points that we hope can be easily adapted to fit your specific need.

General COVID-19 Business Policy Template >
Business Preparedness Checklist >
Customer Guidelines Sign >
WorkBC’s guidelines around operating safely >

Resources For Managers, Employees, and Self Employed Individuals

Notable Highlights For Individuals

  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) – Individuals may be eligible to receive $2000/mo for up to 4 months. – Apply Now >
  • Extra time to file income tax returns – Income Tax does not need to be filed until June 1, and paid until Aug 31. – Learn More >
  • Improved access to sick leave EI – The Fed’s have claimed to create a streamlined EI process for those impacted by COVID-19 – Learn More >
  • BC Emergency Benefit – The B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers will provide a one-time $1,000 payment to people who lost income because of COVID-19 – Learn More >