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COVID-19

The Houston & District Chamber of Commerce has activated a resource page to help all businesses prepare and overcome COVID-19. We encourage our Members, network and community to support local businesses impacted by challenges caused by the virus by looking at doing business within our community

Below is a list of resources and information that will be updated daily.

RECOMMENDED PROTOCOL

  • Frequent hand washing and covering your face when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you are sick (and create a culture where this is encouraged in your workplace)
  • Leverage technology and consider remove work for your team where possible.
  • Social distancing
  • BC COVID-19 Symptom Self-Assessment Tool and Support App

BUSINESS RESOURCES

PROVINCIAL

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COMMUNITY RESOURCES

MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES

OTHER RESOURCES

RELIABLE RESOURCES 

UPDATED HELPFUL ARTICLES AND LINKS 

OPERATIONAL/STAFFING SUPPORT 

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. This includes waiving the one week waiting period for EI sickness benefits and priority application processing for related claims.

Work-Sharing Program: Work-Sharing is a federal government adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. Temporary special measures have extended the maximum duration of work-sharing agreements from 38 weeks to 76 weeks for businesses affected by COVID-19.

FINANCIAL SUPPORT/RELIEF

CMHC is working to address mortgage payment difficulties

BC Hydro: The COVID-19 Customer Assistance Program provides customers the option to defer bill payments or arrange for flexible payment plans with no penalty. Customers are encouraged to call BC Hydro’s customer team at 1-800-224-9376 to discuss options.

Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) has resources available include:

SIGNS/VISUALS 

  • COVID-19 Stop the Spread of Germs – PDF | JPEG
  • COVID-19 Symptoms of Coronavirus Disease – PDF | JPEG
  • Reduce the Spread of COVID-19. Wash Your Hands. – PDF | JPEG