To our local business community, we stand with you during these hard times. We know this is a very unsettling time for everyone, not just here in Ladysmith, but around the globe. Our local, provincial and federal leaders are working around the clock to first of all – “flatten” the COVID-19 curve and second of all – to ensure our economy can weather this unprecedented event.
As events related to the COVID-19 pandemic unfold daily and even hourly, our small but dedicated team is working hard to support and advocate for the Ladysmith Business Community. We have created this list of resources for business from the overwhelming volume of communications to ensure that our Members are receiving critical information and resources.
These resources are from organizations who are working diligently on behalf BC businesses to provide resources and support during the pandemic and post-pandemic economic. *Links and information are changing frequently . Check back often and revisit links to view updated information. *
RESOURCES FOR SMALL BUSINESS
BC Chamber of Commerce
The BC Chamber of Commerce has created a page of resources for Businesses affected by COVID-19. Resources include: Access to Capital, Taxation Relief for Businesses, Wage Subsidy Programs, Employment Insurance & Emergency Benefits for Workers and B2B Support from Private and Crown Corporations (BC Hydro, Fortis BC, etc.).
In partnership with the Government of Canada, the Canadian Chamber of Commerce established the Canadian Business Resilience Network to help Canadian businesses navigate the COVID-19 reality and prepare for recovery. This site and a supporting campaign will continue to grow in the weeks and months ahead as we work together to support and protect our businesses, our communities and our economy.
Small Business BC
SBBC has developed a COVID19 Resource page, which includes a range of support tools including. We recommend joining their Digital Meet-Up, a video call group for the small business community during COVID-19 to help share challenges and solutions. They also have resources for Creating a Crisis Plan, which includes a downloadable Business Continuity & COVID19 Small Business Checklist that small businesses can use to help minimize the impacts of COVID19 on their employees and operations.
BC Economic Development Association
BCEDA has developed a #COVID19 Resources for BC Businesses Guide. This is a live, shareable guide that is being continually updated with the most relevant information, tools and resources for the BC business community. Especially helpful, these tools and resources are broken down by industries or sectors, and the document also contains other key information and updates.
Government of Canada Economic Support for Individuals & Businesses: Click Here
Province of British Columbia COVID-19 Action Plan: Click Here
Destination is here to support you. They are doing everything they can in partnership with the Provincial and Federal Governments and Industry Partners and Health Authorities to moniter the impact of COVID-19 on BC and the Tourism Industry
The Cowichan Valley Regional District (CVRD) is actively monitoring the status of COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and will take appropriate precautions as necessary.
The CVRD is continuing to follow the advice of the Public Health Agency of Canada, the British Columbia Provincial Health Officer and the BC Centre for Disease Control. Our focus is on maintaining essential service levels and following the advice of public health officials.
Ladysmith and our regional partners are following the direction of BC’s Provincial Health Officer in dealing with COVID 19 (coronavirus).
COVID-19 Resources by Industry
The following organizations are providing information, tools and resources specific to their respective industries.
|Construction||Vancouver Island Construction Association|
|Retail||Retail Council of Canada|
|Tourism & Hospitality||Tourism Industry Association of BC|
|Restaurant & Food Service||BC Food Restaurant & Foodservices Association|
Facts About COVID-19: Click Here
COVID-19 Self Assessment Test: Click Here
Travel Advisories & Assistance:
Government of Canada Travel Advisories: Click Here
Emergency Assistance for Canadians Abroad: Click Here
If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (cough, fever, difficulties breathing) please phone:
8-1-1 anytime to speak to a nurse with HealthLink BC in over 130 languages .
7-1-1 anytime to speak to a nurse with HealthLink BC is you are deaf or hard of hearing .
1-888-264-4319 can be called between 7:30AM-8PM for non-medical information about COVID-19 .
604-630-0300 can be texted if you have questions about the virus.
Please reach out to us at 250-245-2112 if there is anything we can do to support your business.
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