The fight against COVID-19 will take a community effort. Here are some additional business supports that could help you navigate this challenging period.
Support for Indigenous Peoples
Financial supports for Indigenous peoples
The Government of Canada has announced several supports to help Indigenous peoples during COVID-19.
Alternatives to Government Funding for Small Businesses
A list of community resources, private grants, and other non-governmental supports that could provide some much-needed financial help.
Regional Programs and Resources
Resources for Businesses Based in Northern British Columbia
Northern British Columbia has several dedicated supports to lean on through the Northern Development Initiative Trust.
Resources for Vancouver Island-Based Businesses
Vancouver Island Economic Alliance has created several programs to assist businesses in surviving COVID-19.
Resources for British Columbia's Fishing Industry
The Government of Canada has taken steps to support workers in the fishing industry who are feeling the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Resources for British Columbia's Creative Industries
British Columbia’s arts sector can call on several dedicated supports and resources during COVID-19.
British Columbia Agricultural Industry Resources
Government of Canada and B.C. government support for farmers and agri-food businesses facing financial hardship due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Futurpreneur announced new measures to support the young Canadian business owners within its network during these unprecedented times. These include temporary loan relief, interest rate cuts, peer-to-peer support, a national collaboration Slack channel, and an up-to-date digital resource guide.
Women’s Enterprise Centre (WEC)
WEC is committed to supporting women-owned businesses through the COVID-19 crisis with free webinars, digital resources, and one-on-one appointments with a business advisor where you can discuss your situation, review your cash flow, and generate ideas for how you can navigate this difficult time. In July, 2020, WEC received $2 million in additional loan funds for women entrepreneurs.
Community Futures offers entrepreneurs loans up to $150,000 that are designed to help businesses grow. Their processes are streamlined so that they can move at the speed of small business.