Business Resources: COVID 19 (Corona Virus)

The Okanagan business community has proven resilient in the face of fires and floods in recent years. We are facing a new challenge with the spread of COVID-19.  In an effort to keep the public and business community informed on the economy of the region, during this unprecedented time The Regional District of Central Okanagan’s Economic Development Commission has compiled the below resource links. We know that our local businesses and community members are working to stay updated to make informed decisions that are best for their customers, employees, communities and businesses.

We continue to stress the importance of following health information sources directly for the most recent information:  Public Health Agency of CanadaBritish Columbia Centre for Disease Control and Interior Health Authority.

Additionally, The Province of British Columbia has established a non-emergency and non-health related hotline, which can be reached by calling 1-888-COVID19 or 1-888-268-4319, and will be staffed from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day with information available in more than 110 languages.  811 remains the hotline for British Columbians to call to reach health professionals.

These resources were last reviewed and updated May 27, 2020. 

Our team is available to support all inquiries and we’ll continue to navigate this together.

For information on the Regional Mayors’ and WFN Chief’s Economic Recovery Task Force (Economic Recovery Task Force) see investkelowna.com/taskforce

Government Measures

Federal

The Government of Canada has launched a Resource Hub for Canadian Businesses that address four key considerations for businesses during this time: supporting employees, financial implications and business preparedness, business travel and events, and doing business in international markets.

Provincial

The Province of British Columbia announced its $5 billion COVID-19 Action Plan which is focused on supporting services to protect the health and safety of people impacted by this virus, immediate relief for people and businesses, and building B.C.’s plan for economic recovery in collaboration with the business community.  

BC’s Restart Plan lays out a series of steps that we will take together to protect people and ensure that our province can come back from COVID-19 stronger than before.

Local 

District of Lake Country 

City of Kelowna 

City of West Kelowna 

Westbank First Nation 

District of Peachland 

Financial

BDC

For small or medium- sized business organization affected by the sudden shifts in the economy and need pressing assistance:

Western Economic Diversification Canada

1-888-338-WEST (9378)

For small or medium- sized business organization affected by the sudden shifts in the economy and need pressing assistance:

  • Access to federal funding to help you stay in business
  • Advice and pathfinding services to other federal programs and services available

Export Development Canada (EDC)

In partnership with the federal government and Canadian banks, EDC will ensure customers impacted by COVID-19 have access to credit.

Futurpreneur

          To support ongoing lending to young entrepreneurs (Entrepreneurs aged 18-39), the government is injecting $20.1 million through Futurpreneur Canada.

Guides

  Industry Specific Updates 

    Provicial Guidance for Industry       ​​

    Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety    

    Agriculture 

Federal Guidelines for Temporary Foreign Workers: Release (March 27, 2020)

Federal update on exemptions to travel restrictions: Release (March 20, 2020) 

BC Ministry of Agriculture update for seasonal labour and farmers markets: Press Release

Provincial Guidelines for Farm Workers: Release (April 8, 2020) 

Additional resources:

    Food Services & Restaurant

    Tourism

  What can businesses do to help?

   Calling All Suppliers - Help Canada Combat COVID-19

The Government of Canada is seeking information from suppliers on their ability to provide products and services 

   Calling All Suppliers - The Province of BC

The B.C. Government is looking for both medical and non-medical products and services to help with the response.. If you can donate or supply products from the priority list, you are invited to submit and offer.