The Village of Burns Lake Covid-19 Small Business Relief Fund
To support the viability of Burns Lake’s most affected small businesses and entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 crisis, the Village will administer an emergency fund with seed money provided by Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT). The Fund provides a grant up to $500 to qualifying applicants. The grant is intended to help support economically affected businesses. For more information please follow the links below:
Download Application Guidelines Here
Download Application Documents Here
Download Application Spreadsheet Here
All questions can be directed to Lorie Watson at the village office at 250-692-7587
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Small Business Relief Fund now open click link here
GET BACK IN BUSINESS
Download a helpful Small Business Roadmap to Recovery and Beyond here
TELL EVERYONE YOU ARE OPEN FOR BUSINESS
Download your own “Back in Business” window sign here
(CECRA) Canadian Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance OPENS ON MAY 25th, 2020
Until rent relief supports are proposed by the government, negotiating compassionate rent relief needs to be done between the commercial property owners and their tenants themselves.
(RRRF)Regional Relief and Recovery Fund https://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/20059.asp
The Village of Burns Lake is closely monitoring developments around the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). We encourage you to do the same as you conduct your business affairs and planning for the next several months. In addition to monitoring the situation from an economic standpoint, The Village of Burns Lake is working to assess the impact of COVID-19 on Burns Lake’s economy and local businesses.
During these challenging times, it is imperative that we support one another. Whether that be through patronizing each other’s establishments, or listening to the concerns of our neighbours, we all have a role to play.
Regardless of external events that arise, it is best to be proactive and have a plan. With the help of our partners we have compiled the following resources and links to support your business planning;
Be informed with the most current information on COVID-19 please visit:
Assessment & updates of the local situation — Northern Health
Assessment & updates of the local situation — Village of Burns Lake
Assessment & updates of the global situation — World Health Organization
BC’s Restart Plan https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/bc-restart-plan gradually allows for more social and economic activity but doing so in concert with public health monitoring from the Provincial Health Officer (PHO) and plans being developed by various of BC’s sectors, so that each business/organization can develop their own COVID-19 Safety Plan in compliance with public health and safety guidance from the PHO and WorkSafe BC.
Each business/organization must develop and make public a COVID-19 Safety Plan as to how it is to operate in accordance with public health and safety guidance from WorkSafe BC and the PHO. WorkSafe BC provides a template safety plan https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/checklist/covid-19-safety-plan?lang=en as well as a general guide for any operation getting back up and running https://www.worksafebc.com/en/resources/health-safety/information-sheets/covid-19-guide-to-reducing-risk?lang=en.
There is also specific guidance from WorkSafe BC https://www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/covid-19-updates/covid-19-returning-safe-operation for some types of business operations, for example: retail; offices; and restaurants, cafes and pubs.
Additionally, different sectors have developed industry guidance and tools for reopening, such as the retail sector through the Retail Council of Canada and the restaurant sector through the BC Restaurant and Food Services Association https://covid.smallbusinessbc.ca/hc/en-us/articles/360048462193.
Businesses can also get direct support, including:
- WorkSafe BC advisors are available through the WorkSafe BC prevention information hotline 1 888 621-7233 – for example, to answer questions about worker safety issues as a business is developing its COVID-19 Safety Plan
- Small Business BC’s BC Business COVID-19 Support Service provides a range of resources under topics such as Reopening Your Business, Phases for Reopening, and Industry Guidance https://covid.smallbusinessbc.ca/hc/en-us. If businesses have specific questions, they can contact Small Business BC directly through the COVID-19 business support line at 1 833-254-4357 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Business Re-opening Phase 2: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/emergency-preparedness-response-recovery/covid-19-provincial-support/bc-restart-plan
General works safe guidelines https://www.worksafebc.com/en/about-us/covid-19-updates/covid-19-returning-safe-operation
Preparing for re-opening: Checkout some helpful information and checklists for your business here.
Whether it is a public health issue, natural disaster, or other emergencies, it is important to be prepared and ensure you have an up-to-date business continuity and disaster recovery plan. Here are some other resources to assist you in your planning.
- Resources for Canadian businesses(Trade Commissioner Service)
- Support for entrepreneurs impacted by the coronavirus COVID-19(BDC)
- Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) – Employment and Social Development Canada(Government of Canada)
- Chambers Plan Information
- Practical Considerations for Business Resilience(MNP)
- Preparing Your Organization for Business Interruption (MNP)
- Small Business Loan(Business Development Bank of Canada)
- Working capital loan(Business Development Bank of Canada)
- Purchase Order Financing(Business Development Bank of Canada)
- BDC’s Advisory Services experts are offering tools and support to review your financial managementand operations.
- BC Hydro assistance program
- CMHCis working to address mortgage payment difficulties.
- Export Development Canada (EDC). In partnership with the federal government and Canadian banks, EDC will ensure customers impacted by COVID-19 have access to credit.
- Community Futures of Nadina: Emergency loan program COVID-19
- Employment and Social Development Canada:Several measures are available to assist employees who have been laid off, or are unable to work due to quarantine. EI sickness benefits
- Uber Eats:The company has created a support package to promote “contactless” delivery from local restaurants, which includes waiving delivery fees, and a daily payout option to assist restaurants with cash flow.
- Work-Sharing Program: (Government of Canada)
- Business Preparedness Checklist COVID-19(GVBOT)
- Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- Getting your workplace ready for COVID-19 (World Health Organization)
- PreparedBC: Guide for Small Business (Government of B.C.)
- Crisis Communications Plan(Canadian Chamber of Commerce)
- Business Continuity & Recovery Plan(Canadian Chamber of Commerce)
Templates and Tools
- PreparedBC: Emergency Plan for Small Businesses (Government of B.C.)
- Webinar: Coronavirus (COVID-19): Managing the impact on global supply chains(EDC)
- Business continuity plan and templates for entrepreneurs(BDC)
Government of Canada COVID-19 Information Services
- Phone: 1-833-784-4397
For more information please do not hesitate to contact the Village of Burns Lake Economic Development Officer via email: