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COVID -19 Resources

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.

RECOMMENDED PROTOCOL

∙  Mask are now madatory 
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 

BC COVID-19 Action Plan – Government of British Columbia
BCEDA #COVID19 Resources for BC Businesses Guide – British Columbia Economic Development Association
BCEDA #COVID-19 Daily Bulletins – British Columbia Economic Development Association
COVID-19 Relief for Residents and Small Business – BC Hydro NEW
BC Chamber ‘Cheat Sheet’ for Businesses Affected by COVID-19 – BC Chamber of Commerce
Guide for Small Businesses – PreparedBC
Emergency Plan for Small Businesses – PreparedBC
The Recovery and Resilience Roadmap: A Toolkit for Economic Preparedness – British Columbia Economic Development Association
Planning of CORONAVIRUS – British Columbia Economic Development
Workplace and Employer Resource Suggestions – British Columbia Economic Development Association
COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Update – Destination British Columbia
Business Continuity & COVID-19 Checklist: Key Considerations for Small Businesses in BC – Small Business BC
COVID-19 Information and Updates – Regional District of Bulkley Nechako NEW

BUSINESS RESOURCES – FEDERAL 

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan – Government of Canada
Canada Emergency Response Benefit– Government of Canada NEW
COVID-19 and business insurance: How coverage is triggered – Insurance Bureau of Canada NEW
Canadian Chamber of Commerce – Support for Business
Chambers of Commerce Group Insurance Plan COVID-19 Update and FAQs – Johnston Group
Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19): Resources for Canadian Businesses – Government of Canada
Pandemic Preparedness for Business – Canadian Chamber of Commerce
Coronavirus and Small Business: Keeping You and Your Employees Safe – Canadian Federation of Independent Business
Useful Advice to Help Entrepreneurs Plan and Respond to the Impacts of Coronavirus – BDC
Business Resource Hub: Managing Through and Building Resilience During the COVID-19 Outbreak – Facebook for Business
Business Pandemic Influenza Planning Checklist – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Business Continuity Plan and Templates for Entrepreneurs – BDC

RELIABLE RESOURCES  

Office of the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer – for provincial statements and resources
HealthLink BC – non-emergency health information and advie in BC
BC Centre for Disease Control – health promotion and prevention services
Health Canada – for Canada specific travel advice, preparedness and Canada’s response
Northern Health Authority– For information relevant to Houston and Northern BC
World Health Organization – for FAQs, global travel advice and situation reports

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:
Small Business Loan – Up to $100,000 can be obtained online.
Working Capital Loan – Get extra funds to bridge cash flow gaps and support everyday operations.
Purchase Order Financing – Increase your cash flow to fulfill domestic or international orders with very flexible terms.
BDC’s Advisory Services experts are offering tools and support to review your financial management and operations.∙

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