Links to resources and guidance for specific industries.
Alongside the financial support programs announced by the Government of British Columbia and the Government of Canada, there are plenty of community resources designed to help individuals and businesses during this time.
On this page:
- General Industry Resources for Re-opening in Phases 2 & 3
- Resources for British Columbia’s Restaurants, Breweries, Wineries and Distillers
- Resources for British Columbia's Tourism Industry
- Resources for British Columbia's Tech Industry
- Resources for British Columbia's Apparel Industry
General Industry Resources for Re-opening in Phases 2 & 3
WorkSafeBC created comprehensive resources for businesses thinking about re-opening during Phases 2 & 3. These include:
- General and industry-specific guidelines for businesses included in Phase 2 of the BC Restart Plan.
- A COVID-19 Safety Plan development tool to help businesses develop a COVID-19 Safety Plan. The fillable PDF takes you through a six-step process to help you create a plan and post it at your worksite.
- Returning to safe operation FAQs
Read How to Create a COVID-19 Safety Plan for Re-opening for a summary of the steps to take.
Resources for British Columbia’s Restaurants, Breweries, Wineries and Distillers
Latest Provincial Health Officer orders
- Province-wide Restrictions - November 19th, 2020
- Gatherings and Events – October 9th, 2020
- Food and Liquor Serving Premises - October 9th, 2020
Temporary Expedited Patio Program (TEPP)
Vancouver businesses can set up free temporary patios in front of or beside their business in an on-street parking space or on the sidewalk.
Summer temporary patio applications open March 1st, 2021. Businesses with winter temporary patio permits, who are compliant with the program's safety standards, are eligible for early bird renewals starting February 17th, 2021.
Review the 5-step expedited process at the City of Vancouver's Temporary Expedited Patio Program page.
Support for liquor licensees
Restaurants, bars and tourism operators with liquor licences can purchase beer, wine and spirits at the wholesale price set by the BC Liquor Distribution Branch (LDB) on a permanent basis. Temporary changes to allow for wholesale pricing were set to expire March 31st, 2021.
B.C. restaurant alcohol delivery extension
The government has approved an extension to the temporary authorization that allows food-primary and liquor-primary licensees to sell and deliver sealed, packaged liquor products alongside the purchase of a meal for off-site consumption.
This authorization, which was set to expire on Oct. 31st, 2020, has been extended to March 31, 2021, to continue to provide businesses with relief from the financial hardship of the pandemic.
Resources for British Columbia's Tourism Industry
British Columbia’s tourism industry faces unique challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Both the Government of Canada and B.C. government are taking strong and direct steps to support our tourism businesses and help them navigate the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Destination BC has gathered a comprehensive list of all the supports and resources available to those in the tourism industry.
In collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Destination BC has also taken immediate steps to address the severe global conditions affecting local tourism. It is their goal to support industry as much as possible and provide the strongest possible outcomes once the crisis is over. This significant recovery campaign will encompass three phases – Response, Recovery and Resilience.
Small Business BC has also partnered with Destination BC to provide tailored advice in accountancy, law, and other business areas to Destination BC clients through our Talk to an Expert service.
This page contains updates to policies and programs made as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. It also contains information on how COVID-19 has affected government funding for cancelled or postponed events.
Parks Canada has announced they will work with tourism operators in national parks, historic sites, and marine conservation areas to defer payments on commercial leases and licences of occupation, without interest, until September 1, 2020.
The BC Tourism Resiliency Network is a long-term resiliency program providing BC tourism businesses with meaningful, one-on-one support to navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, adapt and work towards eventual recovery.
Working together across the province, the BC Regional Tourism Secretariat is leading the BC Tourism Resiliency Network. Each program will be delivered in their respective regions by Tourism Vancouver Island, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Kootenay Rockies Tourism Association, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association and Northern BC Tourism Association. Vancouver, Coast & Mountains is managed by Destination BC.
The Hotel Association of Canada is monitoring developments around COVID-19 closely and is working in partnership with Public Health to bring you the latest developments. This resource list contains supports and information specific for hoteliers in Canada.
This page will be updated frequently, to provide information to help address common HR and health and safety inquiries related to COVID-19 in the tourism industry.
The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) is working closely with industry partners to actively monitor the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism industry and strengthen supports for the tourism industry. Connect With A TOTA Resiliency Advisor.
Resources for British Columbia's Tech Industry
Businesses in British Columbia’s rapidly growing tech industry have several dedicated supports to call on:
The BC Tech Association has launched a dedicated Knowledge Centre for COVID-19 news and updates. It contains information on the following:
- BC Tech Programs
- BC Tech C-Councils
- Weekly Q&A with CEO Jill Tipping
- BC Tech Guide to Getting Back to the Office
Updated regularly by the Government of Canada, Innovation Canada lists resources for businesses across Canada, with information on how to apply and eligibility criteria.
Foresight, a clean-tech innovation centre, has compiled a list of resources for tech businesses impacted by COVID-19.
Resources for British Columbia's Apparel Industry
The Canadian Apparel Federation has launched a dedicated COVID-19 Resource Centre for businesses impacted by the pandemic.